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OpenTable Pays $17 Million for Recommendation App Ness, Which Had Raised $20 Million

Jason Del Rey has been a business journalist for 15 years and has covered Amazon, Walmart, and the e-commerce industry for the last decade. He was a senior correspondent at Vox.

Restaurant reservation service OpenTable announced today that it had acquired Ness, the maker of a sleek and smart restaurant recommendation app, for $17.2 million in cash. Ness had raised $20 million from Khosla Ventures, American Express and others, but faced an uphill battle competing against the likes of Yelp and OpenTable. The startup’s app and service will be shut down, OpenTable said.

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