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Can Real-Time Reviews Make Hotels And Their Customers Happier?

Andy Beal | Posted 10.21.2012 | Travel
Andy Beal

Online hotel reviews are riddled with fraud and fiction, and legitimately negative reviews are often prompted by issues that could have been resolved easily if the guest had connected with the hotel management during their stay.

Yelp's Mobile Imperative Comes to Light

Michael Boland | Posted 10.07.2012 | Technology
Michael Boland

Yelp has a unique mix of product focus and a growing local sales force. The latter provides the coveted SMB touch point that's always differentiated traditional media players. Together, they're a deadly combo.

WATCH: The Agony & The Ecstasy Of The Yelp Review

Posted 07.30.2012 | Comedy

Yelp is indisputably the reigning king of Internet restaurant reviews, and as with all things web-based and comment-reliant, that means it's also home...

Apple and Amazon Are Embracing Mobile Social Mapping

Daniel Burrus | Posted 09.17.2012 | Technology
Daniel Burrus

Will Amazon's map app have social functionality? The answer is yes, assuming Amazon doesn't want to keep following the competition in embracing this hard trend.

PHOTO: Sandwich Shop Advertises Worst Meatball Sandwich Of Yelper's Life

Posted 06.28.2012 | Home

We all know that Yelp can sometimes be a fair-weather friend to restaurants. One day you're riding high, earning serious praise from citizen reviewers...

Bing Featuring Yelp Restaurant Reviews To Compete With Google-Zagat Deal

AP | Posted 06.14.2012 | Home

SAN FRANCISCO -- Yelp is feeding its online reviews of restaurants and other local merchants to Microsoft's Bing search engine in a move to compete ag...

Restaurant Owners Claim 'Yelp Extortion' From Opportunistic Diners

Posted 05.30.2012 | Home

It's common knowledge that Yelp is often the vehicle for lengthy rants by angry restaurant patrons, but for extortion? That was the case earlier th...

Google Takes On Yelp With New Zagat-Integrated Local Search Site

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 05.30.2012 | Home

Early Wednesday morning, Google announced a sweeping new project, a new "Local" tab in Google+. The project spent more than a year in development. ...

Freshly Minted Website Welcomes Christy Turlington Burns and Celebrity Curators

Jennifer Raiser | Posted 07.16.2012 | San Francisco
Jennifer Raiser

Buying art over the internet has never been so easy -- or so overwhelming. So the recent launch of crowd source-chosen art and photography prints on came with some winnowing by well-known tastemakers.

Dot-Social and Dot-Cloud Bubbles

Vitaliy N. Katsenelson | Posted 06.27.2012 | San Francisco
Vitaliy N. Katsenelson

I can definitely sense that the second we mention the words "social" or "cloud" our objectivity in judging businesses dissipates.

Just How Much Are Your Tweets And Yelp Reviews Worth?

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 04.12.2012 | Technology

You could argue that your clever Facebook status updates and Frank Bruni-esque Yelp reviews are priceless, but the user data you generate can be conve...

Nate C. Hindman

Could Groupon Kill Your Yelp Rating? | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 04.11.2012 | Small Business

Could a Groupon deal ruin your business's reputation online? Three computer scientists from Boston University and Harvard set out to shed light on ...

Bachelor Party: The Real Ben F

Ruggy Joesten | Posted 05.09.2012 | San Francisco
Ruggy Joesten

Chances are you've seen the finely-coiffed Ben Flajnik lately, gracing the pages of every celebrity rag in publication. Want the skinny (dip) on his favorite haunts in the city? Yours truly investigates.

Yelp Shares Surge In Impressive First Day Of Trading

AP | MATTHEW CRAFT | Posted 05.02.2012 | Technology

NEW YORK — The stock market reached a couple of milestones this week – Dow 13,000 and Nasdaq 3,000 – but not much else. Stocks crep...

Yelp Shares Surge In Stock Market Debut

AP | BARBARA ORTUTAY | Posted 05.02.2012 | Technology

Yelp's stock opened to five-star reviews from investors on Friday, soaring 63 percent even though the company has yet to prove it can make money from ...

Aaron Sankin

Yelp May Not Benefit From San Francisco's Payroll Tax Break After All | Aaron Sankin | Posted 02.21.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- On March 2, online review site Yelp will become the next major San Francisco-based tech firm to take advantage of a newly instituted ...

Yelp Sets IPO Target

AP | By MICHAEL LIEDTKE | Posted 02.17.2012 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO -- Online review service Yelp rated its own business Thursday, setting an IPO target of $12 to $14 per share that could value the 7-year...

PHOTO: Stefon Got A Yelp Account?

The Huffington Post | Christine Friar | Posted 01.13.2012 | Comedy

Over the past few seasons, Bill Hader's Stefon character has become a crowd favorite over on "Saturday Night Live." Inspired by Hader's neighborhood b...

Two Psychic Readings in One Hour

Erin Barnes | Posted 02.06.2012 | Denver
Erin Barnes

I've always wanted to get a psychic reading, but I've held off because I'm petrified of self-fulfilling prophecies. I don't want to freewheel off into some wackadoo self-fulfilling prophecy if it's the wrong one!

Why You Can't Trust Amazon Reviewers

IndieReader | Posted 02.04.2012 | Books

Love it or hate it, this is an exciting time in the publishing world. Technological advances have made the long, arduous process of publishing a book cheap, easy and fast--giving voice to millions of new authors and providing readers with a richer, more interesting selection of books.

Review This: Yelp IPO By The Numbers

The Huffington Post | Ramona Emerson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Technology

On Tuesday, crowd-sourced review website Yelp filed for its IPO, seeking to raise $100 million dollars. Yelp expects to make its debut as a public...

Yelp Files For $100 Million IPO

The Huffington Post | Catharine Smith | Posted 11.17.2011 | Technology

This post has been updated. Local review site Yelp has filed for a $100 million IPO. According to the company's S-1 filing with the SEC, the IPO...

Yelp Mocks Rick Perry's Debate Brainfart

The Huffington Post | Jason O. Gilbert | Posted 01.10.2012 | Technology

At the GOP debate in Detroit, Republican presidential nominee Rick Perry committed a memorable gaffe when he claimed that he would eliminate three gov...

The Worst Restaurant Ever, Reviewed | Posted 01.08.2012 | Home

If you're going to open an Italian restaurant, would it kill you to, I don't know, make some effort to look Italian? Hang an Italian flag? Throw down ...

Local in Layers: Google Places

Daniel Haarburger | Posted 01.02.2012 | Technology
Daniel Haarburger

Yes, I care about the amount of feedback regarding a specific listing, but at a certain point additional reviews become irrelevant. Much more important becomes how I interact with this spread of information.