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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Travel Business Technology News North America) Apr 10, 2011

A J Walter Aviation Component support specialist A J Walter Aviation has launched a new interactive web portal offering customers a secure, online, 24/7, real-time view of their component orders. Apr 5, 2011

Agilyx Oregon firm develops process to turn e-waste into crude oil. Agilyx, an Oregon company, has come up with a potential solution to two problems: the proliferation of e-waste and the depletion of oil supplies. The firm has developed a process that turns ground-up plastic e-waste into synthetic crude oil. According to this report, the company can turn 10 tons of e-waste into 2,400 gallons of crude daily. Apr 8, 2011

American Airlines, Expedia Analysis: Still no clear winners in GDS debate. American Airlines and Expedia may have reached a truce in their fare-distribution battle, but many of the larger questions regarding global distribution systems remain unanswered, Andrew Compart writes. American still wants agencies to use its "Direct Connect" product that would save on GDS fees, and Expedia reportedly agreed to do so eventually, though no clear timetable was mentioned in the agreement. Meanwhile, GDS operators such as Sabre and Worldspan continue to resist Direct Connect, insisting that their own technology is the most efficient means for aggregating fares and ancillary fees. Apr 8, 2011

American Airlines, Expedia American Airlines and Expedia reach an agreement on listings. American Airlines and Expedia resolved their dispute and are restoring the airline's fares to the online travel agency. "This is good news for both organizations," said Henry Harteveldt, a travel analyst at Forrester Research. "The good news for Expedia is that it has obviously regained the inventory of one of the largest airlines. And the good news for American is that it regained access to a travel agency that in 2010 accounted for more than 5% of its sales." American remains in a similar dispute with Orbitz Worldwide. Apr 5, 2011

Apple Consumer Reports ranks iPad 2 as No. 1. Consumer Reports says Apple's iPad 2 is the top tablet computer on the market, at least for now. The product tester ran 10 tablets through their paces and found that the 32GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi and 3G beat out rivals such as the Motorola Xoom and the Samsung Galaxy Tab in both quality and price. Apr 6, 2011

Barnes & Noble B&N: Next Nook update will include more Android apps. Barnes & Noble has released details of its plan to allow approved developers to offer Android applications with the next update of its Nook e-reader, due out this spring. The retailer will get a 30% commission from paid app sales, but developers will be allowed to offer free apps and trial versions of their programs. Apr 8, 2011

Blockbuster For Wall Street lawyers and bankers, it was a Blockbuster Night. Starting early Monday and ending at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, from the stuffy chambers of the U.S. bankruptcy court to the stark aerie of a Manhattan law firm, the auction for video-store chain Blockbuster Inc. at times became like a "cage match," said one person who was there. Another likened it to a "lawyers' gang fight," worthy of the Jets and Sharks of "West Side Story." On the line: The fate of a company that employs more than 16,000 workers around the country. Liquidators were among the four bidders vying for Blockbuster's assets. Also in the mix was corporate raider Carl Icahn, whose associate erupted in a shouting match with a creditors' lawyer. A rival group of hedge funds led by Monarch Alternative Capital complained that the auction lacked transparency. As the clock neared midnight on Wednesday, there were even allegations of stolen pizza. In the end, satellite-television company Dish Network Corp. won the bidding war for $320.6 million. Creditors will get about $227 million, with the balance going toward bankruptcy expenses. Dish hopes to use some Blockbuster stores to sell subscriptions and attract new customers with Blockbuster's own on-demand video service. Apr 8, 2011

Blockbuster Blockbuster Auction Draws Liquidators. A team of liquidators is among those competing in Blockbuster Inc.'s bankruptcy-court auction, with a plan to close the movie-rental chain's remaining U.S. stores. Gordon Brothers Group and Hilco Merchant Resources have submitted a joint bid for the DVDs and other inventory at 1,717 Blockbuster stores, said people familiar with the matter. The proceeds of their bid for the stores' inventory would go to creditors, the people said. If successful, the pair would take over the stores and liquidate them. Apr 4, 2011

CEA Digital Patriots Dinner registration is open. The Digital Patriots awards program was created by CEA to recognize and celebrate industry and government leaders who fight for the freedom to innovate and change the world through digital technology. The event offers high-level exposure to the industry's top leaders, key members of Congress and government agencies. Past honorees have included Michael Dell, Intel's Craig Barrett, Bill Gates, Verizon's Ivan Seidenberg and distinguished members of the House and Senate. This year we are honoring Sen. Coburn, R-Okla.; Rep. Eshoo, D-Calif.; and Dr. Kahn of CNRI. Apr 6, 2011

Cheapflights Heats Up With Its Top 10 Desert Destinations., the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, heats things up with its list of Top 10 Desert Destinations featuring its favorite cities in desert land. Most of the locations to make the list are here in the US and offer scenic getaways, attractions, culture, great shopping and dining but we've also included some global destinations in our top 10 including Casablanca for romance, Dubai for glitz and Sharm El Sheikh for adventure. For those looking for an alternative to a beach getaway, below is a roundup of five of the desert destinations to make the list: Las Vegas, Nevada - Love it or loath it, Las Vegas is the leviathan of desert destinations. It's a city of mega hotels: Mandalay Bay, New York-New York, The Mirage, Luxor, Bellagio, and Paris -- all waiting to fulfill your fantasies. Shows, world-class shopping, and some of the best restaurants anywhere are here too. It long ago ceased to be a mere magnet for North Americans. Europeans flock here too. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic each offer nonstop London flights to Las Vegas. Search and compare cheap flights to Las Vegas. Four Corners - It's the anti-Vegas. Remote and resplendent, pilots like to point it out from 35,000 feet. It's Four Corners -- where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado kiss. Back down to earth the view is more intimate. It's steeped in Navajo culture: arts, handcrafts, and ceremony. It's also home to a great getaway-from-it-all resort called Amangiri. You get there via a winding road descending into a valley. And as you descend, leave the real world behind. Search and compare cheap flights to Four Corners. Dubai, UAE - More than a commercial crossroads, Dubai is a prime tourist draw. An air bridge from London puts golfers, shoppers, and sunbathers in one of the hottest (literally and figurative) destinations anywhere. Revel in the warm waters just off Jumeria, site of the area's best beaches. There are bars, clubs, and restaurants aplenty -- most located in the major hotels. Earthier ambience? Dine on a dhow as it cruises The Creek. Search and compare cheap flights to Dubai. Casablanca, Morocco - Romance in the western reaches of the Sahara? Play it again, Sam. Casablanca Bar conjures up Bogart and Bergman, aided by a pianist who plays songs from the film. More romance? Take the An-Diab coast road that runs between the El Hank lighthouse and Sidi Bou Adrrahmane mausoleum, a small village accessible solely at low tide. Balance the old with the new. In the city, visit the Marif district. This is where you'll find emerging Morocco. Search and compare cheap flights to Casablanca. Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt - Relatively removed from the tumult, this Red Sea resort is one of be most sublime scuba venues in the world. Coral reefs and almost a thousand species of fish make the Little Mermaid mad with jealousy. Cutting-edge cuisine clusters in the center of the city, in the Naama Bay area. Break from traditional tourist temptations and head for Ras Mohammed, at the south-most tip of the peninsula. It's a national park, preserving this extraordinary area the way it was. Search and compare cheap flights to Sharm el-Sheikh. The remaining desert locales to make's Top 10 Desert Destinations also offer plenty of sunshine and an early start to summer. They include Scottsdale, Arizona; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Tucson, Arizona; Flagstaff, Arizona and Palm Springs, California. For all the details on these hotspots, visit's top 10 lists are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of content on our blog and throughout our site. To see all the expert advice, tips, articles and guides we offer, click on the new Travel 101 tab on the home page. There you will find the new Departure Gate section of the site, a jumping off point to our full array of expert content. Apr 7, 2011

Cheapflights, Facebook Cheapflights Brings Inspiration Search to Facebook. Cheapflights, the online leCheapflights, Facebookader in finding and publishing travel deals, has added a new spin to its Facebook page, literally. Now, with the Travel Inspiration application, Cheapflights Facebook users in the U.S., U.K. and Canada can spin the globe to spark their travel imaginations. Modeled after the successful "Be Inspired" tab on the Cheapflights Web sites, the new Facebook application combines a playful interface with travel inspiration, asking users to simply click on the flag of their home country and select their departure point. From there, they have the option to add details such as budget...

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