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Searching, but Wanting to Explore

Dan Rockmore | Posted 07.17.2015 | Technology
Dan Rockmore

A recent study of Google search results by Tim Wu (of net neutrality fame) and others found that the search giant might be skewing its search returns to favor certain businesses.

Notes From a Dive Bar XVII

Alan Black | Posted 07.13.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

I'm in the present. Things are tense. A guy threatens me with that most dangerous of weapons - YELP!

The Story of Localized Marketing - Part II

Max Gladwell | Posted 07.07.2015 | Technology
Max Gladwell

Gretzky's well-known quote is one of the most abused business clichés, but that's because (a) business people love sports analogies and (b) it so perfectly captures the essence of vision.

Five Spa Tips Every Twenty-Something Should Know

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 06.25.2015 | Style
Linda Harding-Bond

Put Google to work. Type in the search word "best" plus the spa service and your town. Yelp, Insider, Bing, City Search or some other social media review site should pop up with information on a variety of therapists and spa professionals.

Watch Top Chef Michael Voltaggio Read One-Star Yelp Reviews

Foodbeast | Posted 06.03.2015 | Taste
Foodbeast

Chef Michael Voltaggio is known for a lot of things.

3 Ways to Maximize Control of the Image of Your Business

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 05.22.2015 | Small Business
Ashley Wren Collins

In a world where information travels with the agility of a fast food order and your individual on-line presence thrives long after your death, controlling your image on the Internet, to the extent of what is possible, is imperative, particularly for career success.

Why I'm Betting On Cities And Data

Michael R. Bloomberg | Posted 06.20.2015 | Impact
Michael R. Bloomberg

How can cities rise to meet big new challenges -- and serve more and more people -- with resources that are always stretched thin? By finding smart ways to use a resource that is always growing: Data. And more and more cities are doing exactly that.

Six of the Best Illinois Bars Outside of Chicago

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.15.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

While Chicago might have the most famous bars of any other town in Illinois, other cities around the state have their fair share of watering holes, neighborhood joints and dive spots. Here are six great Illinois bars outside of Chicago, as compiled by Thrillist and accompanied by reviews from Yelp.

3 Ways Branded Mobile Apps Help Cities

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 06.06.2015 | Impact
Lisa Abeyta

Not every open data feed that is released is useful as an app, but when cities deliver official mobile apps from those data feeds where it can provide better access to information by users of civic services, the results can be invaluable far beyond convenience.

Gap, Levi's Join Other Big Companies Protesting Anti-Gay Laws

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 03.31.2015 | Business

The companies' CEOs issued a joint statement against the measures in Indiana and Arkansas.

Here Are 17 Major Companies Protesting States' New Anti-Gay Laws

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 04.01.2015 | Business

See who's taking a stand.

5 Steps to Local SEO Success

Max Gladwell | Posted 05.16.2015 | Technology
Max Gladwell

There has never been more ways to find a Starbucks. You can go to the store locator on the website. Chances are, it will be the mobile version, because that's how local search happens more often than not.

Watch Popular Chefs Read Their 1-Star Yelp Reviews

Foodbeast | Posted 05.10.2015 | Taste
Foodbeast

The absurdity of Yelp reviews lives on.

The Worst Yelp Reviews of the Best Restaurants in America

The Daily Meal | Posted 04.29.2015 | Taste
The Daily Meal

If 100 people had issues with the service, you can probably expect to have issues with the service, too.

Here Is The Most Wildly Popular Type Of Store In Each State

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 02.24.2015 | Business

South Dakota is all about its art galleries, apparently.

Sprinkles: Creating Awesome Experiences Through Innovative Service

BJ Gallagher | Posted 04.12.2015 | Business
BJ Gallagher

Chip Bell is one of my all-time favorite business authors. His specialty is customer service and no matter how many books I read on that topic, Chip's always stand out from the crowd.

Yelp Challenges GrubHub With New Food Delivery Buy

Reuters | Posted 04.12.2015 | Technology

Yelp said it bought online food-ordering service Eat24, expanding its business beyond consumer reviews into one of the hottest sectors of the online economy.

Welp... People Disappointed In: Hooters Edition

The Infatuation | Posted 01.12.2015 | Taste
The Infatuation

These restaurant reviewers are way more detestable than Hooters.

How Competition Brought Us Closer This Thanksgiving

Cristina M. Regalado | Posted 01.26.2015 | Women
Cristina M. Regalado

As an immigrant, I appreciated the importance of the Thanksgiving holiday as a uniquely American tradition. Our extended family adapted to the fervor that came with preparations for this holiday.

Fast-Growing Startup Challenges the Legal System: An Interview with PeopleClaim's Mark Deuitch

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.20.2014 | Business
Mike Ragogna

An Interview with Mark Deuitch, Founder and CEO of PeopleClaim.com Mike Ragogna: Mark, tell us about PeopleClaim.com. What's its goal? Mark Deui...

Why Lisa Cried When Eric Dumped ALEC

Michael Brune | Posted 12.07.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

What is it about ALEC that has given so many Big Tech firms cold feet? For that matter, what is ALEC, exactly? It calls itself a nonpartisan organization that focuses on the principles of limited government, free markets and federalism. Not quite.

Meet The Owner Of Yelp's Worst-Rated Restaurant

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 10.02.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Most restaurant owners want the best-possible rating on Yelp, but Davide Cerretini is very happy to report that, based on more than 1,200 reviews, his...

Unfortunately, Reviews on Yelp Cannot Be Relied Upon for Vetting Purposes

Mark Baer | Posted 11.27.2014 | Business
Mark Baer

I would be highly suspect in relying upon Yelp reviews in the future. I wish this were not true because it just makes it that much more difficult and confusing for customers to locate "real evidence" that is so essential to properly vet products and services.

How Crazy Rich You'd Be If You'd Invested in Chipotle, Starbucks And More

Thrillist | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Thrillist

As an exercise in regret and jealousy, we've dug through thousands of feet of stock ticker tape (i.e. Yahoo and Google Finance) and picked out six food-based stocks that would've been very wise investments.

How the Law Is Changing Online Reviews

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 11.16.2014 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

Local businesses have a love/hate relationship with Yelp. On one hand, having an active Yelp page with great reviews can be a real boon. But just a few irate customers can sink a company's reputation on the site.