DogDude writes: Like the subject says: Google is moving to paid-only product search. It has always been free to submit items to Google, but that all changes this fall. Here's a blog post announcing the change from the Vice President of Product Management of Google Shopping
DogDude writes: Google sent out approximately 100,000 barcodes to local businesses deemed "favorite places" based on their own criteria (http://www.google.com/help/maps/favoriteplaces/business/faq.html#biz-faq-decal). These barcodes are scannable by any smartphone, and provide all kinds of nifty information about the business. The business where I work got one, and we're wondering what we could and/or should do with the program from our end.
DogDude writes: "I own a brick-and-mortar retail store. We do a good volume of business, and we plan to start opening more locations soon. We've outgrown out current Point-of-Sale system (POS), and I'm shopping for a new one. There are plenty of good, mature, proprietary systems out there already. I'm looking for information on OSS POS systems that are also mature, stable, and well supported. It seems that most OSS POS projects are either tiny, relatively unsupported, and lacking many critical features, or they're so large and complex that they can only be implemented by a Fortune 500 company with a dedicated IT staff. I'm looking for something robust that will work out of the box, yet still scale appropriately for a mid-sized company.