Summary Yahoo ( YHOO -1%) has followed up on its Yelp search content deal by more deeply integrating OpenTable's ( OPEN +1.9%) content and reservation options into its search results. Bing, whose search engine powers Yahoo's results (Yahoo maintains flexibility in how results are displayed/augmented), has already struck content integration deals with a list of partners that includes Yelp, OpenTable, Facebook, and Twitter. On a global level, the efforts have only had a modest impact on Bing's search share.
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Summary Yahoo has begun integrating OpenTable reservations more deeply into its local search results, in a move that looks very much like its recent one with Yelp . But, unlike Yelp, it is not due to a content licensing deal, said sources inside Yahoo, but part of a recent local redesign and an element of an even larger effort by CEO Marissa Mayer to turbochange its search efforts. An OpenTable spokesperson said that the company has long been one of the providers of restaurant information on Yahoo, but that there had been no special work on OpenTable's part in the integration.
Summary Providence was ranked 3rd in OpenTable's 2014 list of Top 25 Most Romantic Cities released ahead of Valentine's Day. The rankings were compiled after reviewing three factors; the percentage of restaurants OpenTable reviewers rated as "romantic"; the percentage of people who dined out for Valentine's Day in 2013, and the percentage of tables seated for two.
Summary PHOENIX -- As diners make reservations for romance on Valentine's Day, OpenTable , the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations, is pleased to honor the 2014 Diners' Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America . "This year's honorees offer couples a unique opportunity to step away from their hectic schedules and the pressures of everyday life and reconnect and rekindle their relationships over an elegant, intimate meal," said Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. "Love is always in the air - and romance is always on the menu - at any of these winning restaurants." 3TV's Javier Soto also recommended Virtu , which was recently named one of the 20 best new restaurants in the country by Esquire Magazine, Elements at Sanctuary and Orange Sky at Talking Stick Resort .
Summary That's the convenience and connectivity automakers are touting at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. The dashboard is becoming an extension of the smartphone as a growing number of new vehicle models feature interconnected technology that let drivers use Facebook, Twitter and Yelp while keeping their hands on the 10 and 2 positions on the steering wheel. "I just go to bang some doors," he said. "It's interesting to see the new cars, both the ones that make it and the ones that turn out to be costly mistakes."
Summary Yesterday, Yahoo Yahoo announced a partnership with Yelp on local search. Local search spending, then, is of roughly the same magnitude as national spending. The difference is that the local spending is highly dispersed. Looking at the issue from the other end, Yodle Yodle helps local merchants with their Internet marketing. And, of course, the big guys are all in local search one way or the other.
Summary UrbanSitter , which uses Facebook to screen and match babysitters and compares its user experience to OpenTable and Uber, has raised $15 million led by DBL Investors with Match Group, Aspect Ventures and others. The two-year-old company is based in San Francisco.
Summary Yahoo will likely have a physical presence in Pittsburgh within two or three years, according to a senior official with the company. A Yahoo (Nasdaq: YHOO) office would build upon Wednesday's announcement of a five-year, $10 million dollar partnership between the technology company and Carnegie Mellon University. Don McGillen , senior campus relationship manager for Yahoo, said he has already spoken with top executives in the company about the possibility of a Yahoo office that could within 15 to 20 employees.
Summary PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today, Yahoo! Yahoo Fellows will have the opportunity to pursue research in disciplines such as machine learning, mobile technologies, human-computer interaction, personalization, novel interaction techniques, and natural language processing, with annual financial support from Yahoo and mentorship from world-class computer scientists at Yahoo Labs and CMU. "The InMind program provides unique new opportunities for the outstanding faculty and students at CMU to partner with Yahoo and its talented scientists and engineers to potentially further the frontiers of mobile applications and technologies," said CMU President Dr. Subra Suresh.
Summary Yahoo! Mail has rolled out an email attachment preview function using a document viewing technology developed by Accusoft, a document, content and imaging company based in Tampa. West in Tampa, immediately east of its headquarters property, to accommodate its expanding staff. The company did not disclose the purchase price, but the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser's office shows the building sold for $2.6 million.
Summary Last July, I said the only thing Marissa Mayer hadn't changed since becoming chief executive at Yahoo ( YHOO ) was the logo. And last Friday's news that Yahoo had struck a deal to bring Yelp's local listings and reviews to Yahoo search results is Mayer's first public move to differentiate the company's search results from partner Microsoft and get back into the search game. It's smart, it's the right thing to do, and it's probably the only strategy that can get the Silicon Valley company growing again.
Summary Yahoo's ( YHOO +1.7%) latest acquisition is Wander, maker of a diary app (known as Days ) that revolves around creating/sharing a series of photos/GIFs. TechCrunch reports the price appears to be "north of $10 million." Unlike many other Yahoo acquisition targets, Wander won't be shuttering its product.