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Nextdoor's Private Social Networks for Neighborhoods

Many of us have grown so accustomed to using social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to connect with each other, that we may have overlooked what research shows is a growing gap in our social lives, which is connecting with our neighbors.

The Wine Country Fights Breast Cancer

October is official Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), which is an annual health campaign to increase awareness of the disease and raise funds for research, prevention, and hopefully one day find a cure. Over the years, Napa Valley wineries and businesses have given a great deal to support the fight against breast cancer and we’d like to honor a few that maintained this tradition in 2011.

Giftly Set to Disrupt the Traditional Gift Card Market

This city’s entrepreneurs are systematically disrupting virtually every established industry in the country, and next up looks to be the gift card industry, which currently produces some ten billion pieces of non-biodegradable plastic a year.

Meet Giftly, a SoMa-based startup just a few weeks into its public beta. Giftly provides a way to personalize the gifting experience, leveraging social networks and location-based data so you can treat your family members and friends to places near them, like restaurants, shops and clubs.

Based on Yelp’s open API, Giftly allows you to choose among thousands of places all over the country, with all of those ratings and reviews at your fingertips. An email goes out to the recipient with instructions how to use the customized gift certificate, which is as easy as showing up and “paying” with your credit card — Giftly then credits the gift to your credit card bill.

“Think of Giftly as a smarter, more sophisticated version of the traditional gift card,” says CEO and founder Tim Bentley. “You can personalize it to, say, three coffee shops here in San Francisco, and the person you’re gifting can use their smartphone to access the gift, go into any of those shops, without having any new plastic card involved at all.”

Local Start-Up Munchery Makes the Luxury of a Personal Chef Affordable

When you launch a company, timing can be everything, and in that respect the timing looks to be perfect for the geek team of three at Munchery, who launched their intriguing service in San Francisco on April 23rd. 

The idea behind this startup is to match you with your own personal chef.

It's even better than that. Because your own personal chef will turn out to be someone who's committed to using locally grown, sustainable, seasonal ingredients to turn out high-quality, nutritious meals delivered right to your door at a total cost around $20 per person per meal.

Yelp Finally Lets Restaurants Defend Themselves

As reported on SF Gate today, "In an e-mail sent to some of the Yelp's most active users Thursday, the San Francisco-based company solicited feedback about an upcoming feature that will let businesses post replies to user reviews." This is clearly in response to all the flack Yelp has been getting of late.

"We're confident business owners will realize they're talking in public and that they need to put their best foot forward," Jeremy Stoppelman, Yelp's co-founder and chief executive, said.

The Eater Wrap: Alice Returns, Midi Opens, RN74 Readies

Welcome to our partnership with Eater. For this weekly Friday column, Eater editor Paolo Lucchesi gives his opinionated report on all the restaurant news that's fit to print, including all kinds of upcoming projects, hot downtown debuts, and Alice Waters' breakfast-making tips (just place a cracked egg in a hot, wood-fired oven and voila!).

The Yelp Tee: Almost More Brilliant Than Pizzeria Delfina's Pizza

Pizzeria Delfina might defiantly blast their punk music, but their punkest idea yet is their staff t-shirts, which had somehow bypassed me until I ran into Anne Stoll (co-owner and wife of chef Craig Stoll) the other day. We got talking, then gossiping, then bitching and lo and behold, the topic of Yelp came up. Yelp's been making some juicy headlines (see Jeremy "Big Papa" Stoppelman respond here).

The Yelp Tee: Almost More Brilliant Than Pizzeria Delfina's Pizza

Pizzeria Delfina might defiantly blast their punk music, but their punkest idea yet is their staff t-shirts, which had somehow bypassed me until I ran into Anne Stoll (co-owner and wife of chef Craig Stoll) the other day. We got talking, then gossiping, then bitching and lo and behold, the topic of Yelp came up. Yelp's been making some juicy headlines (see Jeremy "Big Papa" Stoppelman respond here).

The Eater Wrap: Gatekeepers, Black Saturday and Yelp Under the Microscope

Welcome to our exciting new partnership with Eater. For this weekly Friday column, Eater editor Paolo Lucchesi gives his opinionated report on all the restaurant news that's fit to print, including and a little something dubbed Black Saturday.

1) What's it like being a GM at one of the busiest restaurants in the Mission? Just ask Bar Tartine's Xelina Leyba, today's subject of a little feature Eater likes to call The Gatekeepers.

The Eater Wrap: Lord Thomas Loses, Jamie Rocks and Yelp Defends Itself

Welcome to our exciting new partnership with Eater. For this weekly Friday column, Eater editor Paolo Lucchesi gives his opinionated report on all the restaurant news that's fit to print, including chef gossip, openings and closings, Top Chef updates and the latest pizza slingers.

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