Room 77 co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Calvin Yang and many of its engineers are joining Google. Google has bolstered investments in travel to capture a bigger portion of the dollars spent by tourists who book hotels and plane tickets online. In 2011, Google spent about $700 million to buy ITA Software Inc., a provider of flight information, and the company has a service called Hotel Finder that scans prices and availability from numerous online travel agents. Room 77 is located less than three miles from Google in Mountain View, California. The startup, founded by technology investor Brad Gerstner, is maintaining its “brand, websites, mobile applications, patents” and other technology in the deal. Get the full story at Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal