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  • Happy Friday: 100 More Tickets Released for July 30 Summer Party

    UPDATE: Batch if tickets is sold out. Check back again next week. We’re releasing another 100 tickets now to our July 30 summer party at August Capital. Act fast if you want one, these things sell out in less than an hour. If you don’t get a ticket, don’t email me begging for one. Come to our Social Currency Crunchup earlier that day instead. A ticket to the CrunchUp gives… Read More

  • Yelp Co-Founder And CTO Russel Simmons Is Out

    Yelp co-founder and CTO Russel Simmons, pictured here (left) with fellow co-founder and chief exec Jeremy Stoppelman, is leaving the company. Simmons will be transitioning to an advisor role and take some time off to travel, we’ve confirmed with the company. Stoppelman and Simmons were both early software engineering employees at PayPal and went on to brainstorm new Internet startup ideas… Read More

  • iOS 4 Is Going To Up The Ante For Location-Based Startups

    iOS 4 Is Going To Up The Ante For Location-Based Startups

    Yesterday, Robert Scoble wrote a post about “Foursquare’s Yelp problem.” It’s an interesting read, with some good thoughts about how Foursquare can withstand feature-copying from a much larger rival. He asked for my thoughts, so I figured I’d jot some down here. Most importantly, his post got me thinking about the next phase of location, which I think we’re… Read More

  • Come On Yelp, Really? Dukes, Barons, And Kings Of Venues?

    Obviously, companies copy one another’s ideas all the time. If something is working, sometimes it just makes a lot of sense. But sometimes it’s just a little pathetic. Tonight, we’re seeing a bit of that from Yelp. The latest update to their iPhone app (4.2.1) includes a feature called Yelp Royalty. It rewards users with the most check-ins at a venue the title of… Read More

  • TurnHere And Its Network Of 8,000 Filmmakers To Flood Yelp With Videos

    Online video production startup TurnHere is now the exclusive provider of video creation services for Yelp, the popular local search and business review site. TurnHere, through its network of over 8,000 professional filmmakers, will be providing local video production for businesses that advertise on Yelp, as well as a slate of video-related services, including expanded distribution of… Read More

  • Yelp Stats Show iPhone App Usage Staggeringly Deeper Than Website

    Yelp Stats Show iPhone App Usage Staggeringly Deeper Than Website

    Yelp, hot off the news of their Open Table integration, also has some interesting user information that they say they’ll officially announce tomorrow. We’ve got the details. Yelp says their website had over 32 million unique visitors in May from all sources (Comscore says 11.2 million in April, the most recent month they track, but they do tend to undercount). Yelp’s iPhone… Read More

  • OpenTable Finds An Opening On Yelp

    Yelp is adding a nifty feature today which will make scoring a table at restaurant a breeze. The reviews and listings site is integrating OpenTable’s reservation system into Yelp. This essentially allows any logged-in Yelp user to make a reservation without having to leave the site. There is now an OpenTable section on the Yelp listing page for all restaurants who are listed with the… Read More

  • Behind The Scenes, Location Turf Wars Have Begun

    Behind The Scenes, Location Turf Wars Have Begun

    Over the past several months I’ve moderated or been on a number of panels with many of the top players in the location space. A common theme keeps recurring. When someone brings up rivalries between any of the companies, it is always downplayed in favor of an “everyone wins” message. I’ve been skeptical of that since day one, but as the space has exploded, there have… Read More

  • Qype Rejects Acquisition Thoughts, Replaces CEO, Doubles-Down

    We’ve been wondering what direction Qype would take recently after rumours that it was in potential acquisition talks with various parties, one of which may have been Nokia, although nothing was ever confirmed. What we do know is that there has been an internal “debate” about whether to enter into a strategic partnership (usually code for acquisition) or whether to double down… Read More

  • Does Europe's Yelp Now Have An Exit Problem?

    So since TrustedPlaces announced its acquisition by Yell we’ve been digging around to try and find out the purchase price. Understandably, we respect the fact that co-founder Sokratis Papafloratos doesn’t want to say, and Yell certainly won’t. But this information would be very useful to startups out there wondering what the purchase price is these days for a company like this. Read More

  • Yelp Security Hole Puts Facebook User Data At Risk, Underscores Problems With 'Instant Personalization'

    Yelp Security Hole Puts Facebook User Data At Risk, Underscores Problems With 'Instant Personalization'

    As if Facebook’s Instant Personalization needed another knock against it, tonight comes news of a security issue that makes the feature even more unnerving.  Web security consultant George Deglin discovered an exploit that would allow a malicious site to immediately harvest a Facebook user’s name, email, and data shared with ‘everyone’ on Facebook, with no action… Read More

  • France gets Yelp's first non-english site

    Local reviews site Yelp has launched a site for France. Yelp France is the startup’s first non-English speaking country. The site can be toggled through French or English. This will be of interest to European player Qype which is bigger than Yelp across Europe. Yelp has claimed one million unique visitors consulted for Yelp UK and Yelp Ireland last month 16 months after launch. Read More

  • France Gets Yelp’s First Non-English Site, Long After Qype

    Local reviews site Yelp has launched a site for France. Yelp France is the startup’s first non-English speaking country. The site can be toggled through French or English. This will be of interest to European player Qype which is bigger than Yelp across Europe. Yelp has claimed one million unique visitors consulted for Yelp UK and Yelp Ireland last month 16 months after launch. Read More

  • Microsoft Taps Into Facebook's Open Graph To Launch Docs.com

    If Google Docs is about sharing documents and spreadsheets, Microsoft is now fighting back by tapping into the biggest sharing network on the planet: Facebook. Today at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Microsoft is tapping into Facebook to create Docs.com. The app, which was created by Microsoft’s FUSE Labs, is a way for Facebook users to share… Read More

  • AT&T's Yelp-Like Social Local Listings Platform Buzz.com Launches To The Public

    Buzz.com, AT&T’s take on socializing local business listings, has received a considerable amount of press, even though the site has been in private beta. And thanks to sharing a name with Google’s recently launched social communications tool, Buzz has received even more attention. Today, Buzz.com is opening up its Yelp-like local recommendations platform to the public. Buzz… Read More

  • Friendticker recycles Foursquare's model for Germany, but with a decent CRM backend

    [Germany] Since Foursquare never officially checked in to Germany, another company has decided to become the local Mayor. The clone company Friendticker came out its beta on Friday with a banging underground party in one of Berlin’s secret club locations. Officially, the business of ruling Germany’s location wars starts today. As is generally widely known, Germany has a very… Read More

  • Class Action Lawyers Declare Victory Over Yelp, Still Want Damages

    Local business review site Yelp is drawing a ton of headlines today as the company has announced a number of changes to the way it conducts business in the wake of several lawsuits that accused the company of extorting businesses to advertise. In a press release distributed earlier this morning, class action lawyers Beck & Lee from Miami and The Weston Firm in San Diego declared victory… Read More

  • Tuenti, Spain's leading social network, switches on local for a location-based future

    Madrid-based Tuenti, sometimes called the Facebook of Spain, has been around for four years now. It’s a very well funded company that, despite a huge growth in user numbers and a number of product releases, has been getting some bad press on their lack of monetization and for not having a clear direction – though if you follow the product releases and the company’s hiring… Read More

  • Tellmewhere revamps iPhone app, prepares for US expansion

    [France] Social location-based search service Tellmewhere or Dismoioù has released a new version of its iPhone app as part of its quest to conquer local markets. The Paris-based startup is also preparing for US expansion later this year. The company’s current platform – a personalized local search engine – grew out of a former wiki map project, officially launched in 2008. Read More

  • Complaints Against Yelp's "Extortion" Practices Grow Louder

    Complaints Against Yelp's "Extortion" Practices Grow Louder

    Yelp has been hit with another lawsuit, the third in a matter of a few weeks. Similar to the previous complaints, this lawsuit filed by Boris Levitt, the owner of Renaissance Furniture Restoration in San Francisco, claims that Yelp’s “unfair and unethical conduct in promoting, marketing and advertising its website as maintaining unbiased reviews” is unlawful and hurt his… Read More

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