Are you one of those people who likes leaving reviews of the restaurants where you eat? If you do so on Zagat, you’ll now have to sign up for Google+
Google’s use of its homepage to advertise its own products and display pop-up birthday reminders for its Google+ network on its homepage may seem like just an annoyance, but each step the company takes toward promoting its own offerings raises more red flags for antitrust regulators.
Google is acquiring Frommer’s Travel Guides from publisher John Wiley & Sons for a reported price of $23 million. Wiley has been seeking to sell the brand off since the spring.
Remember when Friendster was the hot social network, publishers doubted that ebooks would ever sell, and Netflix (s NFLX) thought DVDs in red envelopes was the future? We do — that was that state of digital media when paidContent launched in 2002.
Since Google bought Zagat last September for a reported $125 million, the company hasn’t done much with Zagat’s local content. That changes today with the rollout of Google+ Local, which incorporates Zagat scores and summaries into its listings — and makes Zagat free.
Google’s purchase of Zagat is a small deal, but the ripples it creates could be much larger — the purchase takes Google even further into the area of content ownership, and that could give “search neutrality” advocates and the FTC more ammunition against the company.
Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is expanding its push into local content with its acquisition of Zagat, which started out as a New York City restaurant…
Google has bought restaurant ratings publisher Zagat, in a deal whose value hasn’t been disclosed. The deal helps Google bring in a source of recommendations and user generated content that meshes well with its engineering-centric culture and could boost Zagat’s profile among the digerati.
Location-based social net Foursquare is on a roll when it comes to netting high-profile media partnerships. The latest is restaurant reviews…
Restaurant guide Zagat has laid off 19 staffers, or about 14 percent of its 130-person workforce, a company rep said, confirming an earlier…