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Google Purchases Frommer's Travel Guides

JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Google says it is acquiring the travel brand Frommer’s from John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“The Frommer's team and the quality and scope of their content will be a great addition to the Zagat team,” a Google spokesperson said Monday in a statement to ABC News. “We can’t wait to start working with them on our goal to provide a review for every relevant place in the world.”

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., said Monday that it has “entered into a definitive agreement to sell of its travel assets, including all of its interests in the Frommer’s brand, to Google.”

Earlier this year, Wiley said it was exploring opportunities to sell a number of its assets, “as they no longer align with the company’s long-term business strategy.”

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Pepperoni Rated Top Topping in Zagat's First Pizza Survey

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Restaurant guide Zagat has come out with its first Pizza Survey to get an idea of the pizza-eating habits of Americans.

Not surprisingly, 83 percent of the respondents told Zagat that pizza is among their favorite foods, with Americans enjoying it on an average of about once a week.

Meanwhile, pepperoni was picked as the top topping by 38 percent in the Zagat survey, while anchovies came in last, with 38 percent openly disdaining them.

Tastes for different pizza styles vary around the country but here’s one shocker: in Chicago, home of the deep-dish pizza, the number one kind of pie natives enjoy most is New York style thin crust.  Thirty-eight percent picked this variety, with brick oven pizza coming in second at 23 percent.  Only 8 percent of Chicagoans enjoy their city’s deep-dish pizza the most.

As for how people eat their pizza slices, Zagat found that 43 percent like it flat, 39 percent will fold it before eating and 19 percent cut their slice with a knife and fork.  The favorite free extra turns out to be pepper flakes, with about one in two pizza lovers covering their slice with the condiment.  Meanwhile, 30 percent of Americans admit blotting some of the grease off their pizza.

Price-wise, the average cost of a pizza slice in the U.S. is $2.99, but it will run you $3.24 on the West Coast, while folks in the Northeast only spend $2.72 -- the lowest price in the country.  The average cost of a large cheese pizza nationally is $15.84, according to Zagat.

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Google Acquires Restaurant-Review Firm Zagat

JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – Google Inc. announced Thursday that it has acquired the restaurant review firm Zagat for an undisclosed sum.

Zagat was founded in 1979 by Tim and Nina Zagat, and rates restaurants on a 30 point scale based on consumer surveys and reviews. It operates in 13 categories and more than 100 cities. In 2000, Zagat raised $31 million in venture capital. The company had previously put itself up for sale in 2008 but could not find a buyer at the time.

Marissa Mayer, Google's head of local and location services, wrote in a blog post announcing the deal that "Zagat will be a cornerstone of our local offering."

Mayer expresses her excitement and enthusiasm over the collaboration, adding that Zagat content can enhance Google search and Google Maps. She writes, “we gain a world-class team that has more experience in consumer based-surveys, recommendations and reviews than anyone else in the industry.”

Google's stock was up a half-percent at midday Thursday.

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Zagat Survey Ranks Top Fast Food Chains

Thinkstock Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Subway is considered the most popular “Mega” fast food chain, while Starbucks finds itself rated the number one “Quick Refreshment” stop, according to Zagat’s latest annual National Fast Food Restaurant Survey.

The survey divided restaurant chains into four categories: Mega Chains with over 5,000 outlets; Large Chains with up to 5,000 outlets; Quick Refreshment outlets that focus on specific food items such as beverages and ice cream; and Full Service outlets.  The survey involved 6,064 diners.

Here are the results, listed in order:

Popular Favorites
-- Mega Chains: Subway, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Taco Bell
-- Large Chains: Five Guys, Panera Bread, Chipotle, Chick-fil-A, In-N-Out Burger
-- Quick Refreshment: Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Culver’s, Ben & Jerry’s, Cold Stone Creamery

Top Overall Rated Chains
-- Mega Chains: Wendy’s, Subway, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, KFC
-- Large Chains: Chick-fil-A, In-N-Out Burger, Papa Murphy’s, Panera Bread, Chipotle
-- Quick Refreshment: Pinkberry, Red Mango, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Culver’s, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Zagat also asked respondents to name the best fast food chain for a variety of categories.  Their answers are listed below:

-- Burger: Five Guys
-- Fried Chicken: KFC
-- Grilled Chicken: Chick-fil-A
-- Fish: Long John Silver's
-- French Fries: McDonald's
-- Coffee: Starbucks
-- Milkshakes: Dairy Queen
-- Ice Cream/Custard: Ben & Jerry's
-- Smoothies/Frozen Yogurt: Red Mango
-- Breakfast Sandwiches: McDonald's
-- Salads: Panera Bread
-- Value Menu: McDonald's
-- Overall Value: McDonald's
-- Child-Friendly: McDonald's
-- Drive-Thru: McDonald's
-- Wings: Buffalo Wild Wings

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