The Google+ Local iPhone app mysteriously disappeared from the App Store this past Friday—and now we know why. The Google-owned Zagat has just released a new app for both iPhone and Android today, all coming in Google's new card-based UI.
Google is moving away from the 30-point rating system it inherited from its acquisition Zagat last year because it's just too complicated. Instead, it will replace the confounding restaurant rating math with something a bit more straightforward.
In a bid to improve its growing selection of local reviews, Google is buying the Frommer's travel guide brand from publishers John Wiley & Sons for an undisclosed amount.
The official Google blog says it all: the Mountain View tech monster bought Zagat, whose restaurant ratings are used and respected all over the world. Yelp should be worried.
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If Patrick Bateman had a cellphone, he'd probably be rocking a Droid (with a Phil Collins ringtone, natch) after Verizon topped four of six major categories in Zagat's debut Wireless Carriers Survey.
Maybe I'm just writing this because I'm hungry, but damn if I'm not excited about the Zagat To Go app for iPhone that launched this week. Zagat may sometimes offer too many suggestions, but I find it useful when I limit geography, or as a resource for validating my own foodie guesswork. This version shows photos of…