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Facebook Professional Services encroaches into Yelp, Foursquare territory

Facebook Professional Services encroaches into Yelp, Foursquare territory

The Internet has replaced the ancient yellow pages. Not convinced? Just take a gander at how many Web services there are that try to let you search for a service or an establishment. Need a plumber? Check. Need to call a restaurant? Double check. But Internet services can provide more than what static paper can contain, like more detailed information and even customer reviews. That is the kind of convergence of information that Facebook is trying to harness with a prematurely outed "Professional Services" website that aims to connect netizens with the business they are looking for.

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Amazon Echo can now give Yelp restaurant suggestions

Amazon Echo can now give Yelp restaurant suggestions

Alexa, the personificaiton of Amazon's Echo Bluetooth speaker, isn't exactly the most popular among the main virtual assistants. The product itself hasn't exactly been the most wanted thing in the market, with a niche purpose that mostly ties in with Amazon's core business of selling you stuff. But like Siri or Google Now, much of Alexa's functionality depends on the services that integrate with the platform. Luckily for owners of the Echo, Amazon has expanded its functionality to include Yelp recommendations for interesting local establishments.

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Yelp, US government partner: official federal pages inbound

Yelp, US government partner: official federal pages inbound

Yelp has announced that it partnered with the U.S. government, and that under the partnership, federal agencies will be able to claim Yelp pages and use them to solicit and monitor feedback. Whether that will result in any actual meaningful changes in government offices and airports where its receives low marks is doubtful, but regardless users now have another option to vent their complaints and, if they're feeling generous, leave a positive note the next time the TSA gets you through the line smoothly.

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Yelp and ProPublica give health care stats for medical facilities

Yelp and ProPublica give health care stats for medical facilities

Yelp has announced that it has teamed with ProPublica to bring consumers information about their health care provider and medical facilities. The information bring statistics, consumer opinions, and more on 25,000 treatment facilities around the country including information on 4,600 hospitals, 15,000 nursing homes, and 6,300 dialysis clinics in the US.

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Study says Google degrades search results to prefer its own

Study says Google degrades search results to prefer its own

It probably doesn't come as a surprise that Google's promotion of search results would promote those coming from its own services, like Google+. The search giant has always justified its manipulation of results to give users a better experience, but that excuse might no longer fly if a recent study is to believed. Yelp commissioned a research headed by Tim Wu, credited for coining the term "Net Neutrality", and their conclusion minces no words. Google, they claim, is intentionally degrading search results in order to push content from its services, inevitably harming users along the way.

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Yelp entertaining acquisition, say insiders

Yelp entertaining acquisition, say insiders

Yelp, the app you likely use to see if a restaurant is any good (or maybe even order food from), is reportedly up for grabs. According to a new report, the company — which has a $2.9 billion valuation — is entertaining the idea of an acquisition. Insiders claim the company could see more upwards of $3.5 billion if they sell outright. Though no deal is said to be on the horizon, Yelp has reportedly spoken with potential buyers (who were not named).

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Yelp now works with Apple Watch; no need to stay hungry

Yelp now works with Apple Watch; no need to stay hungry

In the near future, you might glance at your Apple Watch while you’re out and about to see if you’ve got time to grab a bite to eat before businesses start shutting down. You may also be wondering just where you should go to get that burger or sushi you’ve been craving all day. Today, Yelp is making it all really simple for you, and has reworked their iOS app to work with Apple Watch. With the update, you’ll get a fairly rich feature set for finding a good restaurant, bar, or coffee shop in your area.

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Yelp adds 5 new businesses for you to use and review

Yelp adds 5 new businesses for you to use and review

Spring is in the air and while you're encouraged to get up and about and get moving, that doesn't mean your mobile can't help you with some of the more tedious or mind-numbing menial tasks. Taking advantage of what should be the new bounce and energy brought about by the season, Yelp is introducing a bunch of new business categories to the service that you can use to get things going, from reserving a table, booking a a spa appointment, or even setting some time for a game of golf.

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Yelp sues websites that promise businesses all positive reviews

Yelp sues websites that promise businesses all positive reviews

As good Yelp reviews have the power to make or break a business, the website takes the ranking and filtering of user reviews very seriously, and does what it can to stop those from gaming the system. That's why Yelp has filed a civil suit against the individuals behind three sites that promise listed businesses to get them a large number of 4 and 5 star ratings from customers, as well as get them to stick to the front page. The sites targeted by the suit include Revleap, YelpDirector, and Revpley.

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Google may have foodie social site named ‘Tablescape’ in the works

Google may have foodie social site named ‘Tablescape’ in the works

It’s either a brilliant idea, or a really misguided attempt at social — it’s hard to say right now. According to a new report, Google is once again making an attempt at social, and is focussing on hitting us where it matters. Tablescape is a new project by Google, and is taking a social look at food. Rather than a wide open forum as most social sites are, Tablescape would be entirely focussed on food, and people who photograph their food.

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