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.

Tasty: FoodyDirect Gets $3M, as Former Goldman Tech Banker Turns Entrepreneur

Can you make lox, bagels and a schmear digital?
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Bill-Splitting Causing a Splitting Headache? Try These Apps.

Let’s face it: Splitting the bill can get holy awkward. But these apps might help make things less complicated.
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Desti, a Virtual Personal Assistant for Travel, Launches on iPad

Can artificial intelligence improve vacation-planning? Desti thinks so.
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HotelTonight Makes an Acquisition as Others Launch Last-Minute Booking Apps

For its first acquisition, HotelTonight has purchased PrimaTable, a company that developed last-minute pricing tools for the restaurant industry.
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Do You Have a Reservation?

I didn’t realize how hard it was to run a small business.

Andrew Mason, speaking to Lauren Etter and Douglas MacMillan of Businessweek about his gig as a maitre d’ in a Chicago restaurant

Confirmed: Schultz and Efrusy to Leave Groupon Board; “Accounting Types” Joining

Will a shake-up of the board of the daily deals company help its prospects?
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Snapfinger Lets You Peer Inside the Restaurant — From Your Living Room

Ordering food online can be a crapshoot (although we don’t mean that literally).
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Gilt City Acquires Dine Private to Add Reservations Engine

Gilt City, which focuses on offering daily discounts at high-end spas and restaurants, has acquired fine-dining booking engine DinePrivate.com. The company, which lets consumers choose from more than 90 private dining rooms in New York City, was co-founded by Joe Bastianich and Jeff Zalaznick. Bastianich, who is the son of TV celebrity Italian chef Lidia Bastianich, will join Gilt City as a private dining and restaurant advisor. Additional cities will come to the site in 2012.

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Foodspotting Captures $3M Series A

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