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 IDG News Service (Bangalore Bureau) -- The team at Distill, the developer of a collaborative video interview platform, is joining Yahoo, adding to the number of engineers and other staff from startups that have joined the Internet company. The staff from Distill will be interestingly working at Yahoo in the area of mobile advertising. "Prior to creating Distill, we were part of the original team behind the creation of Tapjoy, a mobile performance-based advertising platform that drove deep engagement and monetization opportunities for mobile app publishers," the Distill team wrote on the company's website.
Summary Yahoo's newest acquisition is a young startup named Distill that landed its $1.3 million in seed funding only about five months ago. With the purchase, seven Distill employees will join Yahoo, and Distill will shutter its service on March 30, it said on its blog.
Summary Judging by fan support, WWE's celebrity inductions have been hit-or-miss over the past few years. Back in January, PWInsider (via WrestlingInc) reported WWE had plans to induct the entire main event of WrestleMania I into the Hall of Fame. The concept of main events in the Hall of Fame, not to mention two-time Hall of Famers, will only dilute an entity that WWE has done a good job of protecting over the years.
Summary Last week, I wrote an article that discussed three overvalued shorts including Poly Shield Technologies ( OTCQB:SHPR ). For the benefit of all readers, below is a more detailed Poly Shield Technologies report including additional analysis of a press release that just came out this week. Poly Shield Technologies has a lot of moving parts, but the bottom line is that the company is literally going into the tank.
Summary (YAHOO!) Ralph Waite, who played the patriach of Walton's Mountain on the long-running family drama "The Waltons," and appeared as the father of Mark Harmon's Jethro Gibbs on "NCIS," has died.