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November 16th, 2012

What happened to home cooked holidays? More than 30 million eating out or take out this Thanksgiving.

That’s right, 30 million people ate out or got takeout for Thanksgiving last year. And, the National Restaurant Association projects those numbers to increase for this year.

To break those numbers down a bit further, 14 million Americans are expected to dine out while the other 16 million will either take out full meals or buy components a la carte according to this Time article.

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November 14th, 2012

Amazon now sells wine, but do the little guys already do it better?

Launched yesterday, now sells wine. Sourced from wineries from across the U.S., inventory is currently at about 1,000 different wines available only to residents of specific states.

But,, a seasoned online warehouse, isn’t just sitting back. Instead, the 12-year-old website launched a new “marketplace,” offering rare or hard to find labels to help compete against Amazon’s giant launch. But selling wine is about where the two marketplaces’ similarities end.

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November 12th, 2012

Virtual stores: because people don’t want to shop, but still feel like they’re shopping

Virtual stores are starting to crop up nearly everywhere—or at least everywhere that sees hoards of busy people who don’t like or don’t have time for grocery shopping. Ironically enough…

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November 10th, 2012

Yelp is the latest on the online photo menu train.

Announced yesterday, Yelp’s restaurant profiles now add user-generated photos into menus, next to a description of the dish and the price. The new technology boost is a huge update over…

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November 8th, 2012

Only 12 of the top 100 global brands don’t have an app. Now, onto downloads.

In many ways, a brand’s presence in the App Store is one indicator of its overall value. In fact, the top three risers in 2012 in terms of value are three of the most downloaded brands in the store: Apple (whose value increased by 129% to $76,568M), Amazon and Samsung. Other top brands include Disney, Facebook, Google and eBay.

As this TechCrunch article about a recent Distimo report explains though, for brands like this who are already on board with the valuable impact of apps, it’s not whether they’re in the app store, but how. There are three main schools of thought relating to reasons brands create apps. 1) Marketing: the Apple Store provides a huge channel for brand visibility; 2) Product support: Facebook is a great example here, creating a mobile version of their existing website; 3) Profit: Disney creates games that are only available in the App Store, for a fee.

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November 5th, 2012

Not sure what you’re in the mood for? Let a website clue you in.

By Lauren Sudekum, Chow Now Techie Foodie News Buff Why take the five minutes to really contemplate what you’re in the mood for when a website will do the thinking…

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