Yelp’s Recipe for Conquering Local Advertising: Partnerships With a Dash of M&A

The reviews site won’t go it alone.
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OpenTable’s Yelp Partnership Not at Risk as Reviews Site Acquires SeatMe

The deal could be worth about $12.7 million
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Nuance Buys Tweddle Connect “In-Car Infotainment System”

Voice technology company Nuance has acquired Tweddle Connect, which makes an “in-car infotainment system” that aggregates services like Pandora and Open Table. Nuance said it will pay $80 million for Tweddle; Nuance CEO Paul Ricci will be appearing at D: All Things Digital today.

OpenTable Devours FoodSpotting for $10 Million in Cash

OpenTable gets more serious about mobile.
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NoWait Hires New CEO; Founder Will Become Chief Product Officer

Pittsburgh-based NoWait, which is trying to become the OpenTable for restaurants that don’t take reservations, has hired a new CEO. Ware Sykes will replace NoWait founder Robb Myer, who will stay on as president and chief product officer. Sykes was previously VP of Sales & Services at TheLadders, a career advice site. The company, which raised $2 million in August, has seated more than six million diners at places like Texas Roadhouse, Red Robin and T.G.I. Friday’s.

OpenTable Helping Restaurants to Lift Last-Minute Reservations on the Phone

More than a quarter of OpenTable reservations are made on mobile phones today, but it could be a whole lot higher if it were easier.
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New Vimbly App Promises Easy Activity Planning in 10 Minutes or Less

Solving all your first-world problems, one app at a time.
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NoWait Lines Up $2 Million in Funding for Restaurant Seating App

NoWait has raised $2 million in a first round of funding, to become the OpenTable for restaurants that don’t take reservations. The round was led by Birchmere Ventures, with Sand Hill Angels and other investors also participating. The Pittsburgh company, which helps would-be diners find out wait times in advance and get text messages when a table is ready, claims to have seated more than four million patrons in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

Web Stocks Catch a Break Today, Heading Up in Overall Stock Rally

Not mind-blowing, but Silicon Valley will take it.
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