News and notes from around the interweb:
- In May I discussed What a Starwood merger would mean for program members. Talks with IHG ended without a deal but Starwood is said to remain an acquisition target for both Wyndham and Accor. John Paulson’s hedge fund has apparently taken a 7% stake in the chain anticipating that a merger will drive up price.
- Guys With Boring Jobs Really Hitting It Off A Few Rows Back On Airplane (from the Onion HT: Tocqueville)
According to sources currently seated in rows 14 through 18 aboard flight 763, two middle-aged men with incredibly boring jobs are really hitting it off during the three-hour trip to Kansas City.
Using terms like “white-labeling” and “core clients,” the slightly overweight, average-looking men are reportedly engaged in a detailed discussion about overwhelmingly unexciting work-related topics and, sources said, seem to be getting along great.
- An Indonesian Trigana Air ATR 42 flying from Jayapura to Oksibil with 55 people onboard has gone missing. Thoughts and wishes are with everyone onboard.
- For and against Airbnb.
- The Disney Visa Credit Card from Chase now offers 3 new Star Wars designs. They’ll be available at DisneyRewards.com starting Tuesday. Like the Star Trek MasterCards there’s no real reason to use these cards other than that they’ll either feel like the force of strong within you… or that you won’t get many dates.