TripAdvisor thinks so. In a bit of genius marketing, TripAdvisor tapped into its own powerful community to predict who’s going to win the World Cup. By analyzing reviews of the accommodations for each team, Trip advisor assesses how ready & rested the players will be for their big games. Called the Hotel Cup, it’s a super-fun spin on the wisdom of the crowds. And who knows, maybe there’s something in it. Sports gamblers, take note.
My guess is that Google, once it figured out that it hasn't exactly figured out demands of the retail market (remember Google boutiques?) decided to get into retail delivery. It's a great way to be first in the same-day delivery market and to create both customer- and retailer-lock in via its monumental data services. Once switching costs become too high, Google can monopolize the demand and expand its delivery market. It's not a bad idea, even if at the first sight it seems as an unlikely one for the Google brand.