Microsoft Opposes Google-ITA Deal
FairSearch.org, the coalition of companies claiming that Google’s proposed acquisition of Cambridge, MA-based ITA Software would give Google an unfair advantage in the travel search arena, announced today (PDF) that it has gained several new members, including Microsoft. The Redmond, WA, giant’s Bing search engine uses ITA’s QPX flight search tool to power some of its travel searches. Other new members of the coalition include UK-based Foundem, Paris-based Level.com, and Singapore-based Zuji. Existing FairSearch.org members, who are calling on the Department of Justice to disallow the ITA acquisition, include Expedia and its Hotwire and TripAdvisor subsidiaries, Farelogix, Kayak and its SideStep subsidiary, and Sabre Holdings and its Travelocity subsidiary, which Zuji.