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  • With Google, There Will Be Bad Blood

    With Google, There Will Be Bad Blood

    “I have a competition in me. I want no one else to succeed.” I’m reminded of Daniel Plainview’s admission in There Will Be Blood when thinking about Google. While the company is still largely beloved by the public, sentiment seems to have turned against them amongst their peers, and even amongst many of the startups around Silicon Valley. While these tensions have… Read More

  • Closing The Redemption Loop In Local Commerce

    Closing The Redemption Loop In Local Commerce

    When it comes to local commerce, the ultimate prize everyone is going after right now is how to close the redemption loop. The redemption loop starts when a consumer sees an ad or an offer for a local merchant, and is completed when the consumer makes a purchase and that purchase can be tracked back to the offer. If you know who is actually redeeming offers and how much they are spending… Read More

  • Yelp Now Has 20 Million Reviews Under Its Belt

    Yelp Now Has 20 Million Reviews Under Its Belt

    If you talk to Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, he always likes to point out how many reviews there are on Yelp. It’s a point of pride and competitive differentiation. Even Google Places, which borrows liberally from Yelp reviews, seems to think so. Today, Yelp crossed 20 million reviews, up from 10 million in March, 2010 (and 17 million last April). The reviews bring in the visitors… Read More

  • Foursquare’s New Deal Partnerships Are No Big Deal

    Foursquare’s New Deal Partnerships Are No Big Deal

    Foursquare this morning announced distribution partnerships with daily deal providers LivingSocial, Gilt City, zozi, BuyWithMe and AT&T. Missing from the list are Groupon, Yelp and Google Offers. With these deals, Foursquare is attempting to solve two problems: liquidity in deals and its own lack of a revenue model. Read More

  • Despite Google+ Competition, Disco, Google's Hushed Messaging App, Continues To Improve

    Despite Google+ Competition, Disco, Google's Hushed Messaging App, Continues To Improve

    It has been over three months since we first broke the news on the existence of Disco, the group messaging app made by the Slide team within Google. Google still refuses to talk about it. But work continues nonetheless. Today brings version 3 of the app — and the app is starting to get really good. Just a little over a month after Disco was updated to version 2.0 with Push… Read More

  • How This Year's Tech IPOs Are Doing, And Who's Next

    Bubble or not, 2011 may go down as the year of the tech IPO. Not since the last bubble have we seen so many technology companies clamoring to go public. And halfway through the year, we still have many more companies who will be listing on either the NASDAQ or the NYSE in the next six months. Here’s a roundup of the tech companies that have gone public, where they are trading now, and who… Read More

  • Yelp Brings Local Deals To Mobile And Gives Groupon Now A Run For Its Money

    Yelp Brings Local Deals To Mobile And Gives Groupon Now A Run For Its Money

    The next phase of growth for local deals will be mobile.  Groupon knows this, and so does Yelp, which today is rolling out Yelp Deals to its iPhone and Android apps.  An update to its mobile apps that is getting pushed out today will add a new deals icon to the app.  When you click on it you can see a list of nearby Yelp Deals for discounts at restaurants, spas, and other businesses. Read More

  • Google Places Now Borrowing Yelp Reviews Without Attribution In iPhone App

    Google Places Now Borrowing Yelp Reviews Without Attribution In iPhone App

    Google Places is at it again, brazenly borrowing reviews from Yelp. But this time it’s in their iPhone app and they are not even bothering to link back to Yelp or attribute where they are getting the reviews. Yelp and Google have a love-hate relationship. Yelp loves when its listings and reviews show up in natural search results, but they hate it when Google scrapes their reviews… Read More

  • Yelp Moves To Spain As International Traffic Doubles

    Yelp’s international sites have been growing like crazy, with non-U.S. traffic doubling in the past year. Today, it is adding a fifth non-English international site, Spain, to its roster. (The other international Yelp sites are in France, Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands). Yelp is now at 50 million unique visitors per month, mostly in the U.S., according to its internal stats. Read More

  • The Vote Is in and Twitter Gets its Tax Breaks. Now, What about Everyone Else?

    We just got word that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has voted to approve the Mid-Market incentive plan that would give Twitter– and other companies– a six year payroll tax deferral for net new jobs if they move their headquarters into the city’s most blighted area. The plan will require a second and final vote next Tuesday to be implemented. The area in question… Read More

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