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Google Says Local Search Result That Buried Rivals Yelp, TripAdvisor Is Just a Bug (Recode)
Executives from Yelp and TripAdvisor recently noted a disturbing trend: Google searches on smartphones for their businesses had suddenly buried their results beneath Google’s own. Google says it’s just a bug, but in the meantime, tons of traffic is being diverted from Google’s competitors. Some, particularly Yelp, are not pleased. “Far from a glitch, this is a pattern of behavior by Google,” said Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman.

Holiday Shopping Data Roundup: $39 Billion to Be Spent Locally This Year (Street Fight)
The holiday season isn’t just a big time of year for retail spending; it’s also a big time of year for retail spending data. The stats indicate one common trend: Purchasing is going to be more omnichannel than ever. Here’s a rundown on some key data points for this holiday shopping season.

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Source: Street Fight