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Google buys Zagat to vie with OpenTable, Yelp

Post by NewsOnline on Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:29 am

Google buys Zagat to vie with OpenTable, Yelp

SAN FRANCISCO | Thu Sep 8, 2011 7:57pm EDT

(Reuters) - Google Inc has bought popular dining ratings authority Zagat, adding a valuable brand to its content offerings and bolstering its push into the rapidly growing local commerce market.

Local commerce offers services such as finding a discount from a nearby store, or a review of a neighborhood eatery, and the world's No. 1 search engine plans to compete in this market against Yelp and OpenTable.

The deal, for which Google did not provide financial information, gives it valuable content about restaurants, hotels and nightclubs that can be paired with its popular online maps and mobile search services.

Google needs to provide more than just directions to consumers seeking information about restaurants and other local businesses, said Marissa Mayer, Google's VP of Local, Maps and Location services, in an interview with Reuters on Thursday.

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