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GoDaddy Buys Website Builder Partner Locu GoDaddy Buys Website Builder Partner Locu
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GoDaddy announced today that it is acquiring San Francisco-based Locu, which provides services for local merchants. According to the company it’s used by over 30,000 businesses. The two companies have actually been working together for several months. GoDaddy integrated Locu …

Groupon Adds Credit Card Terminals To Payments Suite Groupon Adds Credit Card Terminals To Payments Suite
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Groupon announced on Wednesday that it is adding credit card terminals to its existing payments suite for local businesses. “This addition extends our popular payments service to the most common way that local businesses accept payments, making an affordable payments …

Groupon Buys Plumfare, Will Expand Gifting Options Groupon Buys Plumfare, Will Expand Gifting Options

Groupon has acquired Plumfare, a San Francisco-based developer, which has a mobile app that lets users share restaurant experiences with their friends, and give them gifts. It’s available on iOS. VentureBeat confirmed with Groupon that the acquisition took place, and …

Google Places Dashboard Now Lets You Remove Listings Google Places Dashboard Now Lets You Remove Listings
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In the new Google Places Dashboard, businesses can now delete listings. The dashboard was first announced back in early April. Since then, it has been updated a number of times with various features and improvements. This Google forum post chronicles …

Google Launches New Zagat (Desktop, Android, iOS) Google Launches New Zagat (Desktop, Android, iOS)

Google announced the launch of a new Zagat experience across the website and Android and iOS apps. Included is free access to its “trusted” Zagat ratings and reviews without registration (for the first time). Here’s a look: The new experience …

The Ones That Make Your Business Look Good In Google’s Local Results The Ones That Make Your Business Look Good In Google’s Local Results
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Back in January, Google revealed that Google Business Photos were being used by 100,000 businesses, a number that has no doubt grown significantly in the first half of 2013. In late May, Google announced the expansion of the program into …

Google Launches New Business Photos For 167 NYC Restaurants Ahead Of Restaurant Week Google Launches New Business Photos For 167 NYC Restaurants Ahead Of Restaurant Week
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Google announced today that it is launching 360-degree, interactive photos for 167 of the 294 restaurants participating in NYC Restaurant Week (next week). Google Maps summer intern Evelyn Chang writes on the Google Maps blog: Let’s say you’re in New …

Groupon Reserve Launched For Premium Deals Groupon Reserve Launched For Premium Deals

Groupon announced the launch of a new service for “premium” deals called Groupon Reserve. According to the company, it’s a destination for “the finest things to eat, see, do and buy.” So all those other Groupons are like coach, and …

Google Gives Businesses New Dashboard Google Gives Businesses New Dashboard

Google announced the launch of a new Google+ Dashboard, which is designed to help businesses manage their presence across Google properties, including Google+, AdWords, Google Maps, YouTube, etc. Google’s Pavni Diwanjhi made the announcement in a Google+ post in which …

Foursquare Adds More Menus, Continues to Become a Better Tool for Local Search & Discovery Foursquare Adds More Menus, Continues to Become a Better Tool for Local Search & Discovery

Over the past year or so, Foursquare has been going through a major transformation – well, at least a major improvement. What they’ve been doing is making both small and large tweaks to turn the focus of the service toward …

Google Now Makes Anonymous Negative Reviews More Visible Google Now Makes Anonymous Negative Reviews More Visible
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Google made local business pages (and the reviews contained within) a lot more visible this week, with the launch of Google Now for the iPhone and iPad. That includes negative reviews from anonymous, non-accountable “Google Users,” just so you know. …

Twitter May Help You Surface Tweets in Your Vicinity [REPORT] Twitter May Help You Surface Tweets in Your Vicinity [REPORT]
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Twitter is reportedly testing a new feature that would make it infinitely more useful for people who use the service to find out about things going on around them. I mean right around them. Like, you know, near them. Geographically. …

Google Launches New Zagat App For Android (And It’s Free) Google Launches New Zagat App For Android (And It’s Free)
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Google has launched a new Zagat app for Android devices in one of a handful of recent Google+ Local-related announcements from the company. And in case you were wondering, it does come with a Google flavor. “While our ratings and …

Google Lets You Check Out Users’ Reviews In Google+ Profiles Google Lets You Check Out Users’ Reviews In Google+ Profiles
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Google has added a new feature to Google+ where users can see the local businesses that others have reviewed. Under the “About” tab on a user’s profile page, there is now a section called “local,” which will show you how …

Google Adjusts Ratings System For Google+ Local Google Adjusts Ratings System For Google+ Local
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Google has been rolling out an update to its local ratings system. As you may recall, Google recently made some changes to the system on Google Maps for Android, so users can choose between Poor/Fair, Good, Very Good, and Excellent. …

Google Results Are Getting More Local Google Results Are Getting More Local
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Google released a big list of 65 changes it has made to its algorithms over the course of August and September, and some of those changes are specifically geared towards making Google better for finding local information. Google has been …

Regardless Of iOS, Google Maps Is Having Some Issues Of Its Own Regardless Of iOS, Google Maps Is Having Some Issues Of Its Own
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iPhone users may be missing Google Maps (and having their own issues with Apple Maps), but some businesses are having some issues of their own with Google Maps. Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Roundtable points to a Google Places Help …

Google Tweaks Mobile Ratings, Adds Favorite Stars On Google+ Local Google Tweaks Mobile Ratings, Adds Favorite Stars On Google+ Local

Google announced a couple of updates to Google+ Local today. First, on Google Maps for Android, the ratings system has been adjusted so you can choose between Poor/Fair, Good, Very Good, and Excellent. On the desktop, Google has brought back …

Yelp App For iPhone Is Supposed To Be “Awesome” Yelp App For iPhone Is Supposed To Be “Awesome”
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Yelp has redesigned its mobile experience, and it’s getting a great deal of praise (particularly the updated iPhone app). “The old design of our business pages has served us well, but it was time for a remodel,” said Yelp’s Director …

Google’s New Local Ratings Costing Businesses Clicks? Google’s New Local Ratings Costing Businesses Clicks?
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It seems that Google’s decision to replace its star rating system with Zagat scores for local search results isn’t a huge hit with some businesses. Do you like Google’s new approach to local business ratings? Let us know in the …

Google Already Falls Behind Apple In Local Business Listings Google Already Falls Behind Apple In Local Business Listings

Apple, as I’m sure you’ve heard, made a number of major announcements this week at its Worldwide Developers Conference. Some of them were search-related. Apple’s browser, Safari, for example, is getting search functionality similar to Google’s Chrome, as well as …