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  • Tech Titans Blast New Anti-Gay Law In Indiana

    Tech Titans Blast New Anti-Gay Law In Indiana

    It’s hard to believe, after how far the gay rights movement has come, that we’re still doing this. But here we are. Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law a bill that allows private businesses to discriminate against gay and lesbian consumers, according to CNN. The “Restoration of Religious Freedom Act” is meant to allow businesses and corporations to… Read More

  • Yelp Hooks Up With Startups To Offer A Larger Selection Of E-Commerce Bookings

    Yelp Hooks Up With Startups To Offer A Larger Selection Of E-Commerce Bookings

    As part of its ongoing efforts to transform itself from a reviews site into an e-commerce platform, Yelp announced today that it has partnered with startup Vimbly to offer activities bookings on its site and apps. Other startups it will work with include GolfNow for golf outings; online florist BloomNation; Vagaro, which books spa treatments; and TableList, which Yelp says is its first… Read More

  • Yelp Buys Delivery Network Eat24 For $134M To Ramp Up In Food Operations

    Yelp Buys Delivery Network Eat24 For $134M To Ramp Up In Food Operations

    Another acquisition for Yelp that will take the local listings company even deeper into commerce and food-related services. It’s gobbling up Eat24, a U.S. food delivery business that competes with GrubHub, Delivery.com and others in the area of delivering food on behalf of various restaurants. Yelp is paying $134 million for Eat24, with $75 million in cash and the rest in Yelp shares… Read More

  • Google Takes On Yelp Elites With Its New “Local Guides” Program

    Google Takes On Yelp Elites With Its New “Local Guides” Program

    Google is rolling out a “Local Guides” program in an update to Google Maps – a move that seemingly sees the company taking on “Yelp’s Elites” – that is, Yelp’s program where local users gain the status of tastemaker and get invited to special events and parties. Google introduced Local Guides last month by way of a Google+ post, which then… Read More

  • FTC Closes Its Yelp Investigation Without Taking Action

    FTC Closes Its Yelp Investigation Without Taking Action

    One of the biggest and most influential review platforms in the world, Yelp has constantly been hit with claims that it manipulates reviews so its advertisers get higher rankings. This led to an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission in early 2014 after 2,045 complaints were filed against the company. Now Yelp says the FTC has closed its investigation into Yelp’s business… Read More

  • Hands-On With Facebook Post Search: Strong Recommendations, Yelp Should Worry

    Hands-On With Facebook Post Search: Strong Recommendations, Yelp Should Worry

    We’re all critics, whether we Like it or not. Our Facebook posts are implicit reviews and recommendations of restaurants, apps, movies, news articles, dry cleaners, and even whole cities. Now, Facebook’s new keyword post search is unlocking the value of the opinions we share but never put on review sites like Yelp, Annie’s List, MetaCritic, or the App Store. Of course… Read More

  • Yelp Buys Cityvox To Build Out Restaurant And Nightlife Reviews In France

    Yelp Buys Cityvox To Build Out Restaurant And Nightlife Reviews In France

    Yelp continues with its march across Europe to build up its reach in local listings in the region. Today, the company announced the acquisition of Cityvox, a reviews site in France that focuses on restaurants and nightlife and “providing great consumer insights for businesses ranging from restaurants and brassieres to cinemas and clubs, basically any business falling into the… Read More

  • Yelp Buys Restaurant-Kritik To Expand Its Presence In Germany

    Yelp Buys Restaurant-Kritik To Expand Its Presence In Germany

    Yelp has boosted its presence in Europe after announcing the acquisition of Restaurant-Kritik, a restaurant review service in Germany. Restaurant-Kritik claims to have over 330,000 reviews of more than 94,000 restaurants across Germany. Read More

  • Yelp Strikes Hotel Bookings Partnership With Hipmunk

    Yelp Strikes Hotel Bookings Partnership With Hipmunk

    Yelp has partnered with Hipmunk to allow people to book hotels within the business review platform. While this is not the first time Yelp has offered a way for users to purchase from businesses right on its site, it is the first time it’s done this with hotel bookings. Yelp says the idea is that people will book a place to stay immediately after reading the Yelp reviews on it. This creates… Read More

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