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Facebook mobile apps get OpenTable, TV and movie listing hooks

08/12, 3:58pm

Listings currently US-, iOS-only

Facebook is this week updating its mobile apps with several features. Among these is previously-anticipated OpenTable integration, which will allow North American users to make reservations via a restaurant's profile page. When making a reservation, people will be able to pick from a selection of available times, and specify their party's size.

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OpenTable shares up as Yahoo acquisition rumored

10/22, 3:41pm

OPEN:US up five percent on Yahoo's interest

Today's rumors that Yahoo is interested in acquiring OpenTable, the largest online restaurant reservation service in the US, caused shares in the service to jump the most they have in more than two months. As of 3:30 p.m. EST, OPEN:US shares were up 5.44 percent to $45.96 per share. Through October 19, OpenTable shares had risen 11 percent for the year.

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Google buys Zagat for location-based ratings

09/08, 12:20pm

Google acquires Zagat for mobile, Offers

Google made an aggressive leap Thursday with the buyout of Zagat. The deal gives it the pioneering hotel and restaurant rating guide firm for an undisclosed amount. Google was unspecific about exact details but said Zagat would be a "cornerstone of our local offering," according to Location VP Marissa Mayer.

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Toyota plans car social networking, demos Entune phone link

05/23, 1:20pm

Toyota, Salesforce team on social as Entune shown

Toyota and Salesforce on Monday teamed up on a social network for cars. Nicknamed Toyota Friend, it would put out micro updates similar to Twitter either between fellow drivers or even updates from a car. An electric or plug-in hybrid car could automatically post when it's low on battery, Toyota gave as one example.

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