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While It’s Not Using Drones Yet, Amazon’s Grocery Delivery Service Is Expanding While It’s Not Using Drones Yet, Amazon’s Grocery Delivery Service Is Expanding

Update: AmazonFresh has now officially launched in San Francisco. You can browse here. It looks like AmazonFresh, Amazon’s grocery delivery service, is expanding into its third city – San Francisco. The service initially launched in Seattle a few years ago, …

Is eBay Trying To Be Something That It’s Not? Is eBay Trying To Be Something That It’s Not?
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This week, eBay announced the launch of some new personalization and curation features for the eBay Marketplace, and that it is expanding its efforts in local commerce, including the extension of its eBay Now delivery service into 25 new markets …

Google Places For Business Gets A New Android App Google Places For Business Gets A New Android App

Google has launched a new Google Places for Business Android app, which lets businesses keep their listings up-to-date across Google. The app lets businesses update their info like hours, address, contact information, photos and description, and lets them post updates …

Google Adds Local To Google Shopping, Product Listing Ads Google Adds Local To Google Shopping, Product Listing Ads

Google announced on Monday that it has begun rolling out a couple new features for Google Shopping with an emphasis on local merchants. These would be local storefronts and local availability for product listing ads (on desktop and smartphones). When …

Local Ruckus Makes Some Ruckus With Google Fiber And KCSV Local Ruckus Makes Some Ruckus With Google Fiber And KCSV

It’s no secret that Google Fiber is inspiring other ISPs to lessen the broadband gap in this country. Or, according to DSLReports.com, the goal is to “…light a fire under the pampered behinds of incumbent broadband operators.” But, the real …

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 …