Yahoo! acquires mobile app creator Alike

YahooYahoo! has acquired Alike, a mobile app that helps people find nearby restaurants and places they’ll like. Alike makes money through affiliate partnerships with third-party providers that aggregate deals for local venues.

Here is how Alike announced the acquisition.

At Alike, we’ve spent the last couple of years working hard to build amazing mobile experiences to delight our customers, which is alike_logo_coral-4fdb275b8fa65a199fecac60239886c7why we’re thrilled to announce some big news: we’re joining Yahoo! Mobile.

We’ve always been passionate about the growing power of intelligent mobile experiences. We believe that distilled information, deeply personalized and made accessible anytime and anywhere, is what makes mobile experiences a part of our customers’ daily lives.

In Yahoo! we’ve found a team as excited about this vision as we are, and who are serious about making it real. We’re super excited to join Yahoo!’s mobile team, where we can march toward that vision faster than ever.

As of today, we will no longer support the Alike Nearby iPhone and Web apps. Thank you to all our customers, partners, investors, and advisors who’ve supported us from day one! We’ve taken a big step on our journey, and we could not have done it without your support.

Looking forward to starting our new chapter at Yahoo!

USA, Sunnydale, CA

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OpenTable acquires Foodspotting app

OPENTABLE, INC. LOGOOpenTable, the online restaurant company, is to acquire Foodspotting, an app for finding and sharing dishes at restaurants, for approximately $10 million in cash pursuant to a stock purchase agreement.

Matt Roberts , Chief Executive Officer of OpenTable, said, “The Foodspotting team is as passionate about dining as we are, and we’re looking forward to leveraging their unique expertise in the areas of imagery and social sharing to enrich the OpenTable experience for diners and restaurants in new and exciting ways. By adding more visually compelling content to help people decide where to dine and discover dishes they’ll love, we hope to make it even easier to find the perfect table for any occasion.”

USA, San Francisco, CA

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HotelTonight acquires PrimaTable; Brings on All-Star Team to Drive Product Strategy

HotelTonight, the last-minute hotel booking app, has made its first acquisition. It has acquired San Francisco-based restaurant reservation start-up PrimaTable. Launched in December 2010, HotelTonight has so far raised $35.7 million. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

PrimaTable has built a sophisticated platform to help restaurants optimise revenue and better manage their scarce table resources. HotelTonight will be incorporating this platform into its own yield management system, presently targeted at top quality hotels.

Jamie Davidson, Co-Founder and CEO of PrimaTable, will join HotelTonight as Vice President of Product. Colin Zima, Co-Founder of PrimaTable, will join as Data Scientist.

Sam Shank, Co-Founder and CEO, HotelTonight said, “We’re thrilled to be working with the PrimaTable team to continue to make booking a hotel room at the last-minute a seamless and magical process for consumers, and a windfall for hotels. When we look to acquire companies we look first and foremost at the talent. It’s clear that we struck gold with the PrimaTable team — not only are they brilliant, they also have more experience solving these problems than practically anyone else in the world.”

USA, San Francisco, CA