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Shrink To Grow: Citysearch And Urbanspoon Parent Company CityGrid Lays Off 15% Of Its Employees

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Online media and advertising company CityGrid, the parent company of properties like Urbanspoon, Citysearch and Insider Pages, is announcing a round of layoffs today that will affect about 15% of its workforce. The company, which is part of the IAC network, currently has around 450 employees. As CityGrid CEO Jason Finger...
Shrink To Grow: Citysearch And Urbanspoon Parent Company CityGrid Lays Off 15% Of Its Employees

Can Seamless become a Yelp competitor?

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Seamless, a favorite resource for connecting restaurants and delivery-dependent diners, built its business helping companies order meals for its workers. But the company is now trying to become a much more consumer-focused business, and it’s now looking to the mounds of data it gathers to try to accelerate the transformation. I...
Can Seamless become a Yelp competitor?

Yahoo Search Hits The App Store; Takes On Yelp With Sketch-A-Search

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Yahoo is showing a little Apple love today, launching not one but two free search apps in Apple’s app store today. Yahoo’s basic Search app tries to bring an enhanced version of Yahoo Search to the iPhone with plenty of bells and whistles, while Yahoo’s Sketch-a-Search iPhone app is aimed...
Yahoo Search Hits The App Store; Takes On Yelp With Sketch-A-Search

Loopt’s iPad App: Pulse

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We just spoke with Loopt CEO Sam Altman about their iPad app, below. Another screenshot after the break.Altman: I think the iPad is going to be a huge revolution in the way people use computers. People will carry it around all around the the house, put it in a backpack...
Loopt’s iPad App: Pulse

We Got An Exclusive Look At '90s Icon Citysearch's Mobile Comeback Strategy

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The inexorable rise of mobile devices isn't just a chance for brand-new startups to offer new services--shifting consumer behavior gives established brands a chance to reinvent themselves, too. Here's a case study--Citysearch, once synonymous with local reviews in the '90s, is battling back against the upstarts with its refreshed iPhone app....
We Got An Exclusive Look At '90s Icon Citysearch's Mobile Comeback Strategy

UpNext: Three New Cities, Glowing Foursquare Checkins, And CityGrid Listings

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One of the most detailed 3-D mapping apps on the iPhone is UpNext, which lets you click on 3-D buildings and see a list of the businesses and offices inside. Up until now, however, it only covered New York City. A new update adds three new cities: Boston, Washington,...
UpNext: Three New Cities, Glowing Foursquare Checkins, And CityGrid Listings

The Great Open Database of Place Pages in the Sky

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Every web portal would love to be the dominant and trusted provider of information about local businesses. But what are chances of an open collaborative database for places? All businesses have a physical location of some sort, but there’s no clear and open way to publish those locations on the...
The Great Open Database of Place Pages in the Sky

Soleil Moon Frye Raises $2.5M for DIY Parenting App and Products

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Moonfrye, a new company co-founded by “Punky Brewster” actress Soleil Moon Frye and former IAC executive Kara Nortman, launches today. The startup has raised $2.5 million from GRP Partners, Greycroft, Daher Capital and Google Ventures, but it doesn’t have any products yet. Frye and Nortman said they hope to encourage...
Soleil Moon Frye Raises $2.5M for DIY Parenting App and Products

NileGuide Unveils New Location-Based iPhone App For Travel Recommendations On The Go

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NileGuide, one-stop travel planning site, has launched an new iPhone app, called What’s Next for geared towards travel recommendations. The startup, which lets you create customized trip itineraries is integrating location-based technology with What’s Next to offer personalized, and interactive content and recommendations in the app, which costs $2.99 on...
NileGuide Unveils New Location-Based iPhone App For Travel Recommendations On The Go

Yelp taps Locu to enable real-time menu updates for restaurants

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Locu, the menu dashboard for local merchants, has announced a new partnership that will let Yelp-listed restaurants distribute and update their menus more easily. In addition to food and wine lists, Locu will let restaurant owners update pricing and contact information. In future updates, Locu will also provide additional categories...
Yelp taps Locu to enable real-time menu updates for restaurants

Loopt Adds Another Content Partner; Integrates Local Foodie News From Tasting Table

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As Foursquare makes deals with major media companies, competitor Loopt is continuing to partner with with content companies to offer fresh news and reviews of restaurants, bars, businesses and events. Loopt’s mobile apps incorporates local content, deals and reviews about restaurants, bars and events from Zagat, Citysearch, Bing, and...
Loopt Adds Another Content Partner; Integrates Local Foodie News From Tasting Table

It's Alive!

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Last month we previewed an incredibly simple set of web tools which enable partner websites to easily integrate Twitter functionality into their site experience called @anywhere. The idea is that web users will be able to engage with existing Twitter features from all of their favorite sites. Today, we're happy...
It's Alive!

Yelp Grades Cause New York City To Review Restaurant Health Ratings

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Yelp has started posting the health department's ratings of restaurants. The hospitality industry says that's just too much information. Are Yelp reviews a form of civic action? Yelp, the ratings site with 70 million users, has begun the process of integrating city health department reports into its restaurant reviews....
Yelp Grades Cause New York City To Review Restaurant Health Ratings

What Kind Of Crazy Person Decides A $20 Million Business Isn't Good Enough?

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Many entrepreneurs would cut off their right arm to build their business up to $20 million in annual revenues. And, in 2011, New York startup Yext got there, building a pay-per-call online advertising business up to 15,000 advertisers. The company was, at that point, worth a couple hundred million...
What Kind Of Crazy Person Decides A $20 Million Business Isn't Good Enough?

How To Use Facebook Ads For Social Recruiting

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Social recruiting is all the rage right now when it comes to finding new employees to hire. Citysearch CEO Jay Herratti recently told me about a simple but effective way his company is using Facebook ads to hire people. Facebook ads are highly targetable. Citysearch puts up an ad...
How To Use Facebook Ads For Social Recruiting

How One Business Kept Customers Updated During Hurricane Sandy

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For business owners, every local listings site like Yelp, Foursquare, and Citysearch represents an opportunity to market to potential new customers. But updating each of those those listings with relevant contact information can be daunting--particularly during a natural disaster. When Hurricane Sandy struck in October 2012, many local businesses were...
How One Business Kept Customers Updated During Hurricane Sandy
Following OpenTable Deal, Restaurant Data Provider Locu Adds More Big-Name Partners, TripAdvisor And CitySearch

Loopt Updates Mobile Apps, Brings LooptPulse To BlackBerry

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Location-based social network Loopt has just updated its iPhone and BlackBerry applications, adding a hybrid map feature that allows you to view a single map (seen at right) that plots nearby points of interest, friends, and events all at once. The new update also brings LooptPulse, which the company has...
Loopt Updates Mobile Apps, Brings LooptPulse To BlackBerry

For Postling, Angel Investors Mail in Their Checks

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Postling, a New York-based startup co-founded by David Lifson (CEO), Chris Maguire (VP of Engineering) and Haim Schoppik (CTO) — all ex-Etsy folks — has raised $350,000 in seed funding from angel investors including Dave McClure, Chris Yeh, Gary Vaynerchuk and Thomas McInereny. The company has developed a web-based dashboard...
For Postling, Angel Investors Mail in Their Checks

How The Perot Museum Solved Its Location Issues In Time For Its Opening

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This article is sponsored by Yext. The opening of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas on December 1, 2012, went off without a hitch. Dallas businessman (and two-time presidential candidate) Ross Perot was in attendance. So was the mayor.  But a lot of work had gone...
How The Perot Museum Solved Its Location Issues In Time For Its Opening
Locu Partners With Automattic To Bring Its Menus To WordPress.com's Restaurant Sites

MySpace Employees Speak Their Mind. Lots Of Yelling Going On, Apparently.

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We’ve had lots of emails from MySpace employees with their response to our most recent post about the crumbling mid level management structure. “If you’re a MySpace employee and feel differently, please contact us anonymously,” we said. And they did contact us. But they don’t feel differently. There was also...
MySpace Employees Speak Their Mind. Lots Of Yelling Going On, Apparently.

Punky Brewster's New Family-Focused, Interactive Crafting Startup Moonfrye Raises $2.5M From GRP, Google Ventures And Others

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Soleil Moon Frye (a.k.a. the actress that played Punky Brewster in the hit TV show from the Eighties) and former IAC exec Kara Nortman have raised new funding for Moonfrye, a startup aimed at bringing creative, DIY and interactive experiences to families and parents. The startup is announcing $2.5 million...
Punky Brewster's New Family-Focused, Interactive Crafting Startup Moonfrye Raises $2.5M From GRP, Google Ventures And Others

Locu brings up-to-date menus to restaurants on TripAdvisor and Citysearch

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Back in November, OpenTable partnered with Locu -  the menu dashboard for local merchants – to let restaurants publish and edit their menus in real-time. The Locu-powered menus are displayed on the restaurants’ profile pages on OpenTable and are automatically optimized for restaurants’ own websites. Now, TripAdvisor and Citysearch are...
Locu brings up-to-date menus to restaurants on TripAdvisor and Citysearch

Yext sells pay-per-call biz to CityGrid, focuses on local business listings

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Yext is unloading its pay-per-call business to IAC’s CityGrid Media  to focus on the opportunity of organizing local online business listing information for small businesses and big companies. The details of the sale were not released but TechCrunch is reporting that Yext sold its Felix pay-per-call business for around $30 million....
Yext sells pay-per-call biz to CityGrid, focuses on local business listings

Yext reaches 100,000 paid, active locations in its pursuit to keep business information fresh across the web

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Yext has reached the 100,000 paid, active locations in its system. Reaching the six-figure customer mark is a point of graduation for the company. As a service, Yext allows businesses and other location-centric enterprises to update their key information across a number of online locations, such as Yelp and CitySearch....
Yext reaches 100,000 paid, active locations in its pursuit to keep business information fresh across the web

CityGrid Media cuts staff, but Urbanspoon keeps growing

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CityGrid Media, the parent company of Urbanspoon, Insider Pages, Buzz Labs and Citysearch, announced today that it is cutting 15 percent of its staff in a shift of advertising models from cost-per-click to cost-per-acquisition, reports TechCrunch. The move comes six months after SeamlessWeb co-founder Jason Finger was appointed CEO. TechCrunch...
CityGrid Media cuts staff, but Urbanspoon keeps growing

Online Work Platform oDesk Raises $15M From T. Rowe Price, Benchmark

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Online work platform oDesk has raised $15 million in Series D funding from T. Rowe Price Associates with participation from Benchmark Capital, Globespan Capital Partners and Sigma Partners. This brings oDesk’s total funding to $45 million. oDesk offers a “marketplace for talent” that makes it easy for companies to hire...
Online Work Platform oDesk Raises $15M From T. Rowe Price, Benchmark

Citysearch Upgrades Its iPhone App With Twitter Reviews And “Shake For Offers”

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Over the weekend, Citysearch pushed out an update to its iPhone app with a much smoother user interface, better local search, and maps are now the default view. I am happy to report that it no longer looks exactly like Yelp’s iPhone app. The improvements should help it close...
Citysearch Upgrades Its iPhone App With Twitter Reviews And “Shake For Offers”

Bing and Yelp, sittin’ in a tree, bringing local reviews to web searches

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Bing and Yelp have cozied up to bring a sweet, sweet search baby into the world. Now, Bing searches will feature brief reviews and more relevant information for decision-making for all kinds of local businesses. The new “Powered by Yelp” Bing search experience will start rolling out to users...
Bing and Yelp, sittin’ in a tree, bringing local reviews to web searches
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