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Early jOBS Reviews Are Mixed, Generally Approving of Ashton Kutcher’s Steve Jobs Portrayal Early jOBS Reviews Are Mixed, Generally Approving of Ashton Kutcher’s Steve Jobs Portrayal

On Friday, the Ashton Kutcher-led Steve Jobs biopic jOBS had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, which is directed by Joshua Michael Stern and co-stars Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak, will open to the public on …

Foursquare Partners with Voice Media Group for More Local Data Foursquare Partners with Voice Media Group for More Local Data

Foursquare is looking to give users access to even more information about locations in some of the country’s biggest markets. Today, they’ve announced a “strategic data syndication partnership” with Voice Media Group – more specifically their “Voice Places” and “Best …

Google Adds Review Info To Places API Google Adds Review Info To Places API

Google announced the addition of Place Summaries to its Google Places API. This means developers will be able to use review information in their apps. “For example, car manufacturers can use the API to provide drivers with detailed reviews of …

All Android Developers Will Soon Be Able To Reply To Reviews On Google Play All Android Developers Will Soon Be Able To Reply To Reviews On Google Play

In a rather awesome move for developers, Google allowed Android developers to directly reply to reviews on Google Play back in June. Unfortunately, the ability to do so was restricted to those who had achieved “Top Developer” status on the …

Yelp Reviews Ruled Free Speech Until Proven Defamatory. Right Call? Yelp Reviews Ruled Free Speech Until Proven Defamatory. Right Call?
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Last month, in a case of free speech vs. business reputation, a Virginia judge ordered Yelp (and Angie’s List) user Jane Perez to change negative reviews on the sites, which cast a contractor as a thief. The contractor, Christopher Dietz …

Restaurant Plays Peeing Patrons Their Negative Yelp Reviews Restaurant Plays Peeing Patrons Their Negative Yelp Reviews

Online reviews have been pissing off restauranteurs for many years now, and Yelp is one of the biggest offenders. I feel their pain – I mean, some woman gets in a fight with her boyfriend and then has one cold …

Google Play Is Now No Country for Anonymous Reviewers Google Play Is Now No Country for Anonymous Reviewers
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If you prefer to hide behind the veil of anonymity when posting reviews, Google Play is probably not the place for you anymore. In a move that will pretty much wipe Google Play of nameless, faceless feedback, Google is now …

That Hilarious Guy Fieri Restaurant Review Has Over 45,000 Facebook Shares That Hilarious Guy Fieri Restaurant Review Has Over 45,000 Facebook Shares
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In what has to be one of the most viral reviews of all time, a New York Times restaurant review has hit a ridiculous number of shares on Facebook. Today, the social network announced that “As Not Seen on TV,” …

Google Shopping Gets Your Friends Involved Google Shopping Gets Your Friends Involved

Google announced a couple of new features for Google Shopping today: the ability to read reviews from people you know, and the ability to share your reviews. “Now you can now easily see if someone you’ve connected with on Google …

Yelp Adds Restaurant Menus With User-Uploaded Photos Yelp Adds Restaurant Menus With User-Uploaded Photos

Yelp is rolling out a new Menus feature, which compiles visual menus along with Yelp reviews and user-uploaded food pictures. These will be accessible from business pages, on the website and the Yelp app. You can find them under “Explore …

Yelp Acquires Qype, Shares Preliminary Q3 Financial Results Yelp Acquires Qype, Shares Preliminary Q3 Financial Results

Yelp has acquired European reviews site Qype. Yelp has acquired all of Qype’s shares, for about €18.6 million and 970,000 shares of Yelp’s Class A common stock, bringing the total purchase price to about $50 million USD. Qype is based …

Yelp Slaps Consumer Alerts On Business Pages For Those Who Have Paid For Reviews Yelp Slaps Consumer Alerts On Business Pages For Those Who Have Paid For Reviews
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Yelp announced today that it is now showing warnings to users when they have found businesses that have paid for reviews. If you are looking at such a business on the site, you’ll be greeted with a “Consumer Alert”. This …

Google Lets You Check Out Users’ Reviews In Google+ Profiles Google Lets You Check Out Users’ Reviews In Google+ Profiles
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Google has added a new feature to Google+ where users can see the local businesses that others have reviewed. Under the “About” tab on a user’s profile page, there is now a section called “local,” which will show you how …

Google Adjusts Ratings System For Google+ Local Google Adjusts Ratings System For Google+ Local
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Google has been rolling out an update to its local ratings system. As you may recall, Google recently made some changes to the system on Google Maps for Android, so users can choose between Poor/Fair, Good, Very Good, and Excellent. …

Google Will Not Hesitate To Take Manual Action On Rich Snippet Abuse Google Will Not Hesitate To Take Manual Action On Rich Snippet Abuse
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As previously reported, Google has updated its Webmaster Guidelines. Part of the update is some new stuff about rich snippets. Google is highlighting these changes specifically in a post on the Webmaster Central blog today. “Once you’ve correctly added structured …

iPhone 5 Reviews Point to an Apple Home Run iPhone 5 Reviews Point to an Apple Home Run

Apple’s new iPhone, despite claims of “boring” and “uninspired” from some detractors on launch day, is receiving some strongly positive reviews across the interwebs. The iPhone 5 will hit stores this Friday, September 21st, but that doesn’t mean you can …

iPhone 5 Reviews Reach Their Logical Conclusion as Guy Actually Has Sex with One iPhone 5 Reviews Reach Their Logical Conclusion as Guy Actually Has Sex with One

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think you can properly review any new product until you’ve had the chance to make sweet, sweet love to it. And with all the Apple fanboys out there already blowing it over …

Pizza Guy Who Bear Hugged Obama Finds Support on Facebook Pizza Guy Who Bear Hugged Obama Finds Support on Facebook

Who would’ve thought that a simple hug could lead to so much online political posturing? The last week has undoubtedly been a rollercoaster ride for Scott Van Duzer, owner of local pizza place Big Apple Pizza in Fort Pierce, Florida. …

The Man Who Hugged Obama Has His Yelp Page Turned Into A Political Turf War The Man Who Hugged Obama Has His Yelp Page Turned Into A Political Turf War
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One of the funnier stories from last week featured President Obama visiting a local pizza shop in Fort Pierce, Florida called Big Apple Pizza. The owner, Scott Van Duzer, gave the president a mighty bear hug. I thought the Secret …

This Business Is Furious With Google For Deleting Hundreds Of Reviews This Business Is Furious With Google For Deleting Hundreds Of Reviews
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In May, Google announced Google+ Local, which would replace Place Pages, and overhaul Google’s entire local business review search results. We’ve written in the past about how the transition may be costing business clicks, and we’re still seeing some pretty …

TripAdvisor and Facebook Team Up to Help You Plan the Trip of Your Dreams TripAdvisor and Facebook Team Up to Help You Plan the Trip of Your Dreams

TripAdvisor has been teaming up with Facebook to help millions of travelers plan the best trip of their life by featuring recommendations from their FB friends. The decision was based off of a Nielsen research study,”U.S. Advertising Spend and Effectiveness,” …