Google acquires Zagat, strikes a major blow against Yelp

"Google has bought  Zagat, the popular restaurant reviews service. The search giant announced the news on its company blog today and said users will immediately start seeing Zagat’s content integrated in Google searches and Google Maps."

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Google reaching out to major hotel brands and CRS providers

"Google first connected with OTAs, such as Expedia, Priceline, Travelocity and, to introduce their application programming interface that would allow for real-time sharing of rates and availability on Google Maps. Now they’re in the process of contacting CRS providers and major brands to offer the same access."