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  • Zomato Buys NexTable To Rival OpenTable And Yelp In Reservations

    Zomato Buys NexTable To Rival OpenTable And Yelp In Reservations

    Just one week after Zomato raised a round valuing it at more than $1 billion and acquired a point-of-sale startup, the India-based restaurant services company has made another acquisition. Zomato has acquired NexTable, a U.S.-based restaurant reservations and table-management platform that competes against the likes of Priceline’s OpenTable and SeatMe from Yelp. The service will soon… Read More

  • 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

  • No. Just… No.

    No. Just… No.

    This is never something I thought I’d have to explain, but I’m realizing that for some people who are new to the internet, the rules here may not be clear. Read More

  • Yelp Tanks Following Better-Than-Expected Earnings Report

    Yelp Tanks Following Better-Than-Expected Earnings Report

    Yesterday Yelp reported its second quarter earnings, beating on revenue, and announcing that it was profitable in the period, a first for the company. Its shares rose, and then fell in after-hours trading. Yelp opened down today, and is currently off nearly 12%. What’s going on? With $88.8 million in revenue, and $0.04 in per-share profit, Yelp more than hit its big numbers. However… Read More

  • Yelp Swings To Profitability In Strong Q2 With $88.8M In Revenue, EPS Of $0.04

    Yelp Swings To Profitability In Strong Q2 With $88.8M In Revenue, EPS Of $0.04

    Today after the bell Yelp reported its second-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $88.79 million, and a profit of $0.04 per share. The company had net income of $2.7 million in the period, up from a $878,000 loss in the year-ago quarter. Investors had expected Yelp to lose 3 cents per share on revenue of $86.32 million. The company’s revenue tally for its most recent… Read More

  • Yelp Liberates Its API To Box Out Foursquare And Google

    Yelp Liberates Its API To Box Out Foursquare And Google

    Yelp wants as many inroads and reminders for its service around the web as possible, so today it upped the limit on its API for pulling nearby places, ratings, and photos from 100 calls a day to 25,000 without the need for pre-approval. By freeing up usage of its API, Yelp becomes more appealing to developers looking to help people discover local businesses, and could persuade them to use… Read More

  • Leaked Documents Show How Yelp Thinks It’s Getting Screwed By Google

    Leaked Documents Show How Yelp Thinks It’s Getting Screwed By Google

    Documents leaked to TechCrunch from inside Yelp allege that Google is manipulating its search results to favor Google+ content over Yelp content. The materials accuse Google of blatantly highlighting its own products in searches made in the US but not in Europe in order to avoid angering EU regulators who are reviewing Google anti-trust complaints. Read More

  • Yelp Throws Spanner Into Google EU Antitrust Settlement By Filing Formal Complaint

    Yelp Throws Spanner Into Google EU Antitrust Settlement By Filing Formal Complaint

    Just as Google looked to be nearing the end of a long-running EU antitrust investigation, Yelp, which competes vertically with Mountain View in local search, has thrown a spanner in the works by filing a formal complaint. It was already a witness in the case, but, via a letter to Europe’s Competition Commissioner, Joaquin Almunia, the U.S. company has thrown its full weight behind… Read More

  • Yandex’s New Local Search App, Yandex.City, Goes Where No Yelp Has Gone Before

    Yandex’s New Local Search App, Yandex.City, Goes Where No Yelp Has Gone Before

    Yandex, Russia’s answer to Google, continues apace with its strategy to launch more products that stretch it beyond basic search. Today, it is tackling the business of local search with Yandex.City, an iOS, Android and web app that aggregates user reviews on restaurants, bars, shops, auto mechanics and more and then plots the results on a map based on what you’re looking for… Read More

  • Yelp, Zillow And Groupon Rise In Wake Of OpenTable Acquisition Announcement

    Yelp, Zillow And Groupon Rise In Wake Of OpenTable Acquisition Announcement

    The $2.6 billion acquisition of OpenTable by Priceline bounced a number of companies’ share prices today, including a 3.91 percent rise for Groupon, and a 2.39 percent bump for Zillow. Yelp, however, shot north 13.79 percent. Investors seem to be betting that, in the wake of the OpenTable deal — executed at a more than 40 percent premium — other companies that are local… Read More

  • We Search More On Apps, Less On Google Now

    We Search More On Apps, Less On Google Now

    We’re using apps on our smartphones and tablets much more to look things up now, according to a new report out from eMarketer. That means a serious drop in ad revenue for many of the major search engines Google, Bing and Yahoo. According to eMarketer, Google mobile ads saw a dramatic 17 percent drop in revenue from 2012. The search giant owned 82.8 percent of the $2.24 billion search… Read More

  • Foursquare Declares Local Search (Yelp And Google) Broken, Vows Fix With Personalization

    Foursquare Declares Local Search (Yelp And Google) Broken, Vows Fix With Personalization

    Foursquare escalated its battle versus Yelp and Google today with a blog post explaining that its redesigned app will beat their “one-size-fits-all results” that users get “regardless of their interests or places they’ve been before”. Foursquare explains it transplanted checkins into its Swarm standalone app to let the forthcoming overhaul of its main app focus… Read More

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