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The week in ideas, August 5, 2011

Diversified protects whistleblowers. Zagats collects some bad names. Hooters goes after fantasy football fans. And we ask, what exactly is going on in Hartford, Connecticut?

As this issue was going to press, sobering news came across the wires. The Earth, it seems, has passed a milestone.

To boost engagement with its “neighborhood” and generate some social media buzz, Applebee’s, the country’s 10th largest chain by sales, will turn over its Instagram feed to its customers for the next 12 months, Adweek reports, relying in a big way (although not solely) on user-generated content—read: free content—to populate the page.

Customers will be able to use their phones to place a customized order, learn how long of a wait there is, and then grab it from a pickup station.

A new study finds another member of the family has an suspected influence on dining out. Wait until the cat finds out.

The award honors Gier for his innovation and dedication as CEO of Pie Five Pizza and Pizza Inn’s parent company.

A mix of QSRs and fast casuals round out teenage diners’ five favorite brands

The longtime marketing and menu-development executive has been promoted to president.

From the explosion of eatertainment to Yum's fast-casual flops, we look back at some of our "groundbreaking concepts" of the last two years to see which ideas flourished and which ones flopped.

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