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Table For Two: Reservation Service OpenTable Acquires Ness

Another great iPhone app will soon be history. Reservation service OpenTable has announced that it has acquired Ness Computing, the developer behind the restaurant recommendation app Ness. TechCrunch first broke the news of the $17.3 million acquisition. Both the Ness site and app will be discontinued and rolled into the OpenTable service:
“The Ness team and I are incredibly excited to take the technology and insights we’ve developed over the last four years and incorporate them into the OpenTable product offering. As the world’s leading provider of real-time restaurant reservations, OpenTable will provide us the opportunity to introduce people to new and memorable dining experiences on a much broader scale,” said Corey Reese, CEO and co-founder of Ness Computing.
We’ve liked the Ness app since it first hit the store all the way back in 2011, so I’m definitely sad to see it go. It was named one of the App Store’s best apps in 2012 and was recently an Editor’s Choice. One of the most recent updates landed back in late November. That brought the ability to recommend restaurants for both users and their friends. I’ve not been a heavy user of the OpenTable app, but I’m sure the Ness technology will help improve the experience. For other app news and reviews today, see: Kid-Friendly Toca Cars Is Apple's Free App Of The Week, Tower Defense Game Modern Command Will Actually Get You Involved, Help These Naughty Kitties Save Their Planet From Evil Aliens.
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