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Yelp

Google Antitrust Fine

Here’s why 7 US tech giants just declared themselves Google’s enemy

June 28th, 2017

Google is in trouble with regulators… again. The EU’s anti-competition watchdogs have slapped the company with a huge penalty for what it sees as sketchy web practices that emphasize Google’s own services over those of competitors, creating an anti-competitive environment and driving other companies away. A group of seven big tech companies in the US …

Worst One-Star Yelp Reviews

The most miserable one-star Yelp reviews of the world’s most incredible places

August 28th, 2015

Is anything good enough for some people? Because it’s the Internet, the answer is always, “No.” No matter how awesome or incredible something is, someone out there will always find a reason to hate on it. Inspired by this Mother Jones article about people bombing national parks with one-star reviews, I decided to search around for some …

Hotel Bad Yelp Reviews

Hotel starts handing out $500 fines for customers who leave bad Yelp reviews

August 4th, 2014

Running a business in the age of online reviews is obviously very stressful. Customers who don’t enjoy their time at an establishment could irreparably tarnish its reputation with a Yelp rating and a few short sentences, even if the customers are the ones are causing the problem in the first place. In order to avoid any issues like this, one …

Anonymous Yelp Reviewers Identities

Court rules anonymous Yelp trolls must be identified

January 13th, 2014

Last year, Joe Hadeed found seven anonymous negative reviews for his carpet cleaning business on Yelp. Unable to verify that the reviewers were actual customers, he sued them and subpoenad Yelp to identify them. Yelp saw this as a violation of its reviewers’ right to free speech and refused to identify them. Yelp was then …

Fake Yelp Reviews

20% of all Yelp reviews are written by paid shills [updated]

September 25th, 2013

How many of the Yelp reviews you read would you guess are forged by the companies being reviewed? MarketWatch reports that 20% of Yelp reviews are fraudulent, typically written by freelance writers from the Philippines, Bangladesh and Eastern Europe who receive between $1-10 for each review. New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman eventually stepped in with …

Apple’s new Maps app may integrate Yelp check-ins

June 25th, 2012

Apple will reportedly integrate Yelp into its upcoming iOS 6 Maps apps, Bloomberg reported on Monday. The publication cited materials distributed to Apple software developers earlier this month, which depict how the company’s upcoming Maps feature allows users to “check-in” through Yelp without leaving the app or being required to open a new one. The images indicate a …