OpenTable, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPEN) is coming under more fire. The stock had already sold off significantly since May, but the news that Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) is buying Zagat is a direct target at its market. Zagat rates many restaurants and this will allow Google to get even deeper into OpenTable’s market if it wants to.
The threat is not an immediate reservation service threat, but having that embedded Google backing would simply be a service on top of search. The announcement from Zagat’s management is here.
It was just late in August that UrbanSpoon signed a deal with Zagat that will display over 25,000 Zagat reviews featured prominently on Urbanspoon. IAC/InterActiveCorp. (NASDAQ: IACI) owns UrbanSpoon.
JON C. OGG