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+Greg Sterling Apple is currently doing something similar to http://searchengineland.com/apple-maps-ios-8-offer-users-choices-196430 in Apple Maps with iOS 7 although not quite as extensive. 

If you choose transit directions from within Apple Maps, it allows you to choose an alternative product that is installed or download it. It is likely that the new interapplication communications implemented in iOS 8 allows this to be expanded. 
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Thanks for sharing Mike.  I think we are going to see an onslaught of new ad types & placement within local search in the coming years, this could be Google's way of jumpstarting that side of the business.
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Are local and travel converging?

For both consumers and marketers, the surplus of information about the world around us has begun to erode the once-rigid line of demarcation between a “local” and a “traveler.” As travelers, we can now live in the same apartments, frequent the same restaurants, and find those experiences “local” experience, which once were reserved only for a long-time resident. The result is a single industry aimed at helping people — whether travelers or locals — explore, discover, and buy in the real world.

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OT represents a small aspect of the dining market...roughly about 50,000 of abt 1 million total restaurants in the US, including all the fast food places, diners, etc.  OT generally represents higher end establishments that look at reservations.

There is a possibility of course for a PriceLine/branding effort, and possibly an effort toward corporate sales for travel and for dining.

I was looking at an AMEX publication on hotels and restaurants around the world.  Very exclusive hotels and high end restaurants.  On the food side, among the restaurants were a lot of steak houses and a lot of chains of that ilk.  All chains.  In fact a lot of the luxury hotels were chains also.

There are a lot of spectacular high end hotels and high end restaurants on their own...but from a corporate perspective and a branding effort it does make sense to market these packages all together.  

I guess we'll see how Priceline treats this acquisition in this regard.
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And this last quarter- Negative GDP growth... worst since 2008
Five years since the end of the Great Recession, the private sector has finally regained the nine million jobs it lost. But not all industries recovered equally.
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Facebook experiments on users

Great if you are scientist at Facebook, not so much if you a user.


Scientists at Facebook have published a paper showing that they manipulated the content seen by more than 600,000 users in an attempt to determine whether this would affect their emotional state. The paper, “Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks,” was published in The Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences. It shows how Facebook data scientists tweaked the algorithm that determines which posts appear on users’ news feeds—specifically, researchers skewed the number of positive or negative terms seen by randomly selected users. Facebook then analyzed the future postings of those users over the course of a week to see if people responded with increased positivity or negativity of their own, thus answering the question of whether emotional states can be transmitted across a social network. Result: They can! Which is great news for Facebook data


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i want to know who was in the test... will they ever tell you hey you felt like shit each time you logged on because we were showing you shitty stories?
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OK Google, What time is it? Time to charge your battery

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Only one day of use for Android Wear watches? Battery life isn't good enough.

https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=samsung_gear_live_black
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+Chris Lang haha... Then you might have bigger problems than the battery life of your watch ;)
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Yesterday I posted about this new, targeted promotion from Google that includes a sticker and an incredible sales piece. So far I have only heard from web professionals that they received this. 

Has any business that is not a web professional received it?
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We received three of them today.  Very slick!
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This post on schema with accompanying spreadsheet by +Philip Rozek is super great. I learned some new tricks!
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Great article
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Keep It Real With Authorship

Stop chasing the Author Rank ghost and keep it real by leveraging authorship in a credible manner. Rel=”author” markup makes the connection; “Real Author Stuff” makes the difference.

A great piece here by +Joel Klettke _before_ authorship images winked out. Not only is the advice in this piece spot on you're seeing a writer at the top of his game. 

#seo   #authorship  
Stop chasing the Author Rank ghost and keep it real by leveraging authorship. Rel=
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I found the hotel to be very nice, the view from my room was incredible and the staff were very helpful. If you want full service these folks pull that off. I particularly wanted to point out the hard working Agnes in the club who seemed to be there at all hours and ready to help.
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reviewed a month ago
Convenient location. Clean, nice breakfast. Terrible wifi access.
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Very unassuming, small and the decor is simple to non existent compared to Connie's. That being said the breakfasts were incredibly good. The omelettes were delicious and the coffee was very good. The wait staff was very, very helpful and put up with our many special requests with a smile and a nod. I am a sucker for places that have waitresses that call me "hon".
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reviewed 6 months ago
Best snow I have ever seen. Great value for the price
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David is incredibly knowledgable about Schema and is a great resource. He was very thorough in his analysis of the work I needed from him. Came in on time and on budget. A great resource.
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reviewed 3 months ago
The Asian fusion was superb. Since the profile photo was of Cheesecake I thought I would try some… ginger, miso tofu cheesecake was surprisingly good although my Jewish grandmother is turning over in her grave.
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reviewed 7 months ago
Not "fine dining" but significantly more than a cafe. A pleasantly renovated and comfortable eating environment, the food was well prepared, flavorful and "homemade". Nothing cookie cutter about the dishes which were unique and hearty. Service was very fast, food delivered quickly and the wait person was nice.
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