Battle begins between Foursquare, Yelp

Foursquare and Yelp tread on each other's territory, Amazon Prime offers monthly-payment option, and new Xbox Surface rumors emerge as Halo 4 launches.

Tuesday's CNET Update is rating you on a 10-point scale:


Today's tech news roundup looks at the growing competition between Foursquare and Yelp. Foursquare launched a new 10-point ratings system for local businesses, which is what Yelp has been doing. But Yelp has been creeping in on Foursquare's territory recently by highlighting friend activity. Yelp also rolled out an app update that displays restaurant menus and reviews of each menu item.

Amazon is now offering a payment option of $8 a month for Prime, the same price as Netflix and Hulu. The yearly $80 subscription is still a choice, and it's 20 percent cheaper.

Instagram is rolling out Web profiles to users over the next week, making it easier to see someone's photo feed without the app. The URLs will be

Amazon Lockers will be at Staples stores, a spokeswoman told Reuters. Amazon Lockers have been rolling out to grocery stores and markets as a new option for picking up small packages in person.

A fresh Xbox Surface rumor emerged from The Verge, saying the tablet would have a 7-inch display. We first heard reports of an Xbox Surface gaming tablet back in June. Seems like this would be a product to help put a big push on the SmartGlass feature.

Happy Halo 4 day! The latest in the series has hit stores, and CNET's review says it is one of the best Xbox games of all time.

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