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SoundHound unleashes Hound from private beta, announces Yelp and Uber integration

Google, Apple, and Microsoft have some serious competition. SoundHound has released its digital voice assistant, Hound, from private beta. The company is touting it to be faster, while offering a more normal conversational experience.
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Yelp employee behind open letter to CEO is fired

Talia Jane writes an open letter to Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, saying she's just about living in poverty, incapable of even buying groceries. And now, she's also jobless -- Jane was fired on Friday just hours after her post broke.
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A divorcing couple's slandering online reviews helped an attorney win $350,000 in damages

Divorcing couple Copia Blake and Peter Birzon posted online defamatory reviews of the former's divorce attorney, which wasn't a good idea because they led to the attorney winning $350,000 in punitive damages.
Social Media

Facebook’s new local business listings feature causes Yelp shares to drop

Facebook is currently testing a new local business listings feature that provides reviews and info for local service providers. News of the tool has caused Yelp shares to plummet.
Social Media

One-star Yelp review? It may be a sign of food poisoning

The power of the masses and public forums may be helping public health officials track food poisoning outbreaks, and Yelp is at the forefront of this new, almost accidental method of food safety alerts.
Social Media

South Park ridicules entitled Yelp reviewers who think their words matter

There's a lot of noise in social media, particular with crowd-sourced reviews sites like Yelp. The latest episode of South Park pokes fun at self-absorbed and entitled Yelp users who think they are important critics.
Web

Google is playing dirty, skewing search results in its own favor, study finds

Google is skewing search results in their own favor. According to the rather unsurprising results, Google favors its own content when returning local search results, which is -- surprise, surprise -- a violation of competition laws.
Social Media

Yelp reveals personal info of users to businesses, and many are unaware

Yelp, the business-reviews site, has a little-known feature that lets businesses find out personal information about users who are searching for said businesses on the site. This could privacy concerns.
Mobile

Is social media on the decline? Twitter, Yelp, and LinkedIn report stagnant user bases

The earnings reports of Twitter, LinkedIn, and Yelp suggest that their user bases are stagnating and failing to grow as quickly as analysts anticipated. The implication is that people just aren't as drawn to social media these days.
Web

Yelp sues company for selling positive reviews

Yelp says that some unscrupulous businesses will promise to massage your user ratings online, for a fee — and now it's taking action against one of the alleged offenders via a lawsuit.
Mobile

Yelp just bought Eat24 so you don’t have to ‘cook, shop, or wear pants’

Yelp and Eat24 will merge to create the ultimate, one-stop food app. Now that Yelp's reviews and Eat24's delivery option will be available in one app, you may never have to go outside again.
Mobile

Hands on: Foursquare’s rebuilt app wants you to stop bragging and start exploring

Foursquare 8.0 is a refreshing redesign that puts the focus on exploring great places instead of just checking in at hot spots. The new app customizes local searches in a colorful way.