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Court Says There’s No Proof Yelp Forced Companies to Pay Money to Remove Fake Reviews

Another five-star legal ruling. Once again, a federal court has said that there's nothing illegal about Yelp's controversial business practices. The last decision came in September, when the Ninth U.S. District Court said that there's no reason Yelp can't, in theory, control the order of reviews as it pleases. On Wednesday, the U.S. Show More Summary

'Too Much Shell Particles': Grim Yelp Reviews of America's Boardwalks

Welcome to Grim Yelp Reviews, a new regular feature where we share people’s worst experiences at the worst places. This week: strolling grimly down the shore, stepping over puke. Read more...

Court Dismisses Yelp Shareholder Lawsuit Over Bogus Reviews, Inflated Stock Prices

Last summer, some Yelp shareholders filed a class-action lawsuit against the online review site, alleging that Yelp misled them about the quality of user-generated reviews and the process Yelp uses to screen for bogus write-ups. This...Show More Summary

Yelp, Foursquare, Trulia, YP, Retailers Have All ‘Watchified’ Their Apps on Day One

I was trying to get a sense of how many local search and location-based apps are now available for the Apple Watch. Because of the way that Apple’s got Watch Apps displayed in the iTunes App Store it’s not easy to get a clear picture. From what I could tell, however, there are quite a […]

Court Rules Yelp Did Not Defraud Shareholders

A judge dismissed a lawsuit claiming that Yelp executives sold off $81 million in "artificially inflated stock." Another day, another court victory for Yelp. Reuters writes that a judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Yelp last summer. Show More Summary

Yelp Doesn't Have to Turn Over Reviewers' Identities

Back in October, the Virginia Supreme Court held oral arguments in a case about the limits of anonymous speech. Hadeed Carpet Cleaning wanted to sue the authors of several anonymous Yelp reviews, claiming that had never even been to the business. The state appellate could said Yelp had to turn......

Reporter confirms low-rated restaurant is bad

2 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Suspicious of an Italian restaurant's weirdly negative reviews, Tim Carman headed out to see if it was some kind of Yelp bullying thing. Nope, it is just awful. Aftermath: an interview with the manager.

Foursquare to Bring Back Gamification to Platform

Foursquare’s Swarm was the greatest thing to happen to Yelp. Foursquare was an app that would track where you were going via check-ins, let you create lists of places you would like to go to, and see where your friends have been. It would unlock badges, including my infamous “Mile High Club” badge that got... Show More Summary

15 Things You May Not Know About Yelp by @albertcostill

Yep gives serious potential for small businesses. In fact, it would almost be foolish to have a local business and not embrace Yelp. The post 15 Things You May Not Know About Yelp by @albertcostill appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

How some Yelpers are holding restaurants hostage

If you want to make a chef or restaurateur bristle, just mention Yelp. Of the first 20-plus people contacted to discuss their opinions of the review site, not one was willing to open up, most likely out of fear of “poking the beast,” as one publicist put it.Read full article >>

This restaurant has one of the worst Yelp ratings in D.C. We talk to the manager about it.

D.C. Yelpers have been exceptionally harsh to Pasta Italiana, a restaurant in Woodley Park with over 80 reviews and a one-star overall rating. The restaurant is located blocks from the zoo and has been open for five years. Manager Mohammed Renu agreed to discuss the sorry state of the restaurant’s Yelp page from his perspective.Read full article >>

What if babies came with Yelp reviews? Mom has fun with spoof ratings

Thinking about having a baby, but don't know who to turn to for advice? What if there was a website with reviews of newborns?

Feminist Yelp, a Date-Rape Game, and Other Killer Apps From a Global Women's Hackathon

What if there was a platform that was kind of like Yelp, but with a feminist twist—where you could rate businesses (specifically bars, clubs, and restaurants) according to how their staff and patrons treat women? That's the idea behind a mobile app dreamed up by a group of young female coders in Brazil. Show More Summary

The Apple Watch Gets Yelp and Yummly as Apps

Owners of hot accessory now have two new apps to choose from. Two food- and restaurant-related apps are now available for the this spring's most coveted piece of throwback fashion, the Apple Watch. Market Wired reports that Yummly, a "food discovery platform," is debuting its app for the watch today. Show More Summary

Virginia's Top Court Refuses To Unmask Anonymous Yelp Reviewers, But Not For First Amendment Reasons

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The long-running defamation suit against anonymous Yelp reviewers -- brought by Hadeed Carpet Cleaning -- finally has produced some good news… sort of. Hadeed's lawsuit defines "problematic," seeing as it both threatens anonymous speech...Show More Summary

LSA SMB Bootcamp in the Bag, Tactical Workshops Happen Today

5 days agoMedia / New Media : Screenwerk

Yesterday (Sunday) the LSA hosted its first Digital Bootcamp for small businesses in LA. There were about 130 people in attendance, including speakers from Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Yelp, GoDaddy, Closely, YP, Goodzer, Where2GetIt, ReachLocal, LocalSEOGuide, MOZ, Search Influence, G/O Digital and ConstantContact. Show More Summary

We’ve Gotten Much Too Comfortable with 5 Star Reviews

Studies of popular travel and review sites such as TripAdvisor and Yelp indicate that between 10-20% of all reviews are negative. Anecdotally, that seems to be a pretty reasonable percentage of customers who will not be happy with a product or service. Show More Summary

"Idiot Mortician Forgot the Dentures': Grim Yelp Reviews of Funerals

Welcome to Grim Yelp Reviews, a new regular feature where we share people’s worst experiences at the worst places. This week: death, the ultimate one-star experience. Read more...

Farrah’s New Boyfriend Called ‘Unprofessional’ In Realty Yelp Reviews, Along With Ex Josie Leisz

Farrah Abraham‘s so-called blissful relationship with new boyfriend Simon Saran was blasted after an old restraining order from his former lover surfaced, accusing the real estate agent of “violent outbursts”… READ ON

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