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Yelp Slaps 51 Businesses With Consumer Alert Warnings

Yelp announced that it has activated a new round of consumer alerts, this time slapping 51 businesses with the alert messages. While the alerts themselves show messages to consumers who stumble upon the Yelp pages of these businesses, the real message is to the business themselves, and that message is: “We don’t tolerate review manipulation.” “Consumers have the right to …

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How To Use Twitter’s New Partner Marketplace To Find Help For Your Business

Twitter announced the launch of its new Official Partner Program, which it says will help businesses achieve better results “on Twitter and beyond”. What products do you currently use to get more out of Twitter? Let us know in the comments. Twitter already had its Twitter Certified Program, which it launched back in 2012. The goal of that was to …

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Yelp Aims To Better Deal With Duplicate Business Listings

Duplicate listings have proven to be a pretty big challenge for Yelp, the company revealed in a post on its engineering blog. It’s not an issue Yelp takes lightly, and it’s putting new measures in place to help deal with it as time goes on. So far, under its current system, Yelp has been able to merge over 500,000 duplicate …

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The Verge Publisher Vox Media Acquires Re/code

There’s a lot happening in the world of tech news media. The latest piece of news in the publisher circuit is that Vox Media (The Verge, SB Nation, Polygon, Vox.com, Eater, Racked, Curbed) is acquiring Re/code roughly a year and a half after its launch. Re/code was started at the beginning of 2014 after All Things D, led by Kara …

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Gigaom Is Coming Back Under New Ownership

In March, the tech news industry was shocked by the news that one of its most prominent blogs, Gigaom, was shutting down after revealing it was unable to pay its creditors. On Tuesday, it was announced that the site will be back. It just won’t be the Gigaom that you knew. In other words, the domain will be there, along …

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Facebook Puts Critic Content On Restaurant Pages

It appears that Facebook is taking another step in offering an alternative to Yelp and similar services. The company has reportedly partnered with a number of content providers to show reviews from food critics on restaurants’ Facebook Pages. The feature is being tested according to multiple reports. Facebook tells me that yes, they’ll include negative critical reviews on restaurant pages: …

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Now Charter Communications Is Going To Buy Time Warner Cable

Now that Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable has fallen apart, Charter Communications has swooped in to attempt an acquisition of TWC. In February, Comcast announced its intent to acquire the other cable giant, but that deal officially died in April as Comcast abandoned its efforts following reports that the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission were to recommend …

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Dating Site Hack Exposes Users’ Sexual Preferences, Account Data

Data breaches that reveal email address, usernames, passwords, and other account information are common and pretty serious in their own right – but when a hack reveals even more sensitive personal information it’s downright scary. According to a report from Channel4, a data breach has exposed nearly four million users of Adult FreindFinder, a dating website. you’ve probably seen its …

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Your Security Questions Aren’t Providing Much Security

Everyone’s favorite food is pizza, so when a site asks you to provide an answer for the security question What’s your favorite food, don’t say pizza. Providing answers to security questions is something we’re all very familiar with, as it’s been a tool for account security and recovery for a long time. But are these security questions even that secure? …

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Starbucks’ Music Experience Is Now Powered by Baristas with Spotify

Coffee kingpin Starbucks and bane of Jay-Z’s existence Spotify have just announced a huge partnership to create a “first-of-its-kind music ecosystem.” What that means is that soon, the Starbucks music experience will be powered by Spotify – and more specifically, the musical tastes of its employees. From Spotify and Starbucks: Coming first, Starbucks 150,000 U.S.-based partners (employees) will receive a …

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Apple Buys Yet Another Navigation Company

It appears that Apple has made yet another acquisition in the location services area, snapping up a small GPS startup called Coherent Navigation. The purchase, first reported early Sunday, has been confirmed by Apple. “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” the company said in an email to …

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Walmart Is Going After Amazon Prime

Walmart is planning to take a run at Amazon Prime by offering a fast delivery program that’s half the price. The news, first reported by The Information, was confirmed by a Walmart spokesperson. The program will roll out this summer, and will cost subscribers $50 per year. It will offer speedy shipping on over a million products – three days …

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