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Yelp's new iPad app is a feast for the eyes

Yelp, the social reviews network known for its community of food-obsessed users, now has a Yelp iPad app to complement its previous mobile offerings. The iPad's large screen is a treat for food lovers, allowing for larger photos of venues and their dishes. It's as if Yelp and Foodspotting -- the mobile food photo app -- had a gorgeous, iPad-sized baby. According to Yelp, "It's a whole frigging new...

Yelp adds check-in offers

Yelp has updated its business owner dashboard today and added check-in offers to it. People have been using Yelp's check-in functionality to check in to businesses they go to for a long time now, and today's feature has the potential to incentivize them to check in using Yelp even more. Business owners that have a Yelp account can now reward their customers for checking in to their business....

Facebook's Instant Personalization backfires already, thanks to Yelp security hole

When Facebook introduced Instant Personalization, a feature that shares your info with Facebook's partner sites so that those sites can customize your experience, there was a lot of worry about privacy issues. Facebook does pick its partners carefully, though, and only three sites can use your info right now: Microsoft's Docs.com, Pandora and Yelp. Unfortunately for Facebook, and Facebook users,...

Siri wants to remind you to call your mom, be your personal assistant

"Call Mom." Seems like a simple thing to remember, but with 50 niggling little distractions running through my head including the sultry Australian voice of Yvonne Strahovski telling me, "Go get the Collectors," I tend to forget the simple things. Without recording them somewhere before my digital schizophrenia sets in, my mom doesn't get called and people are sad. Siri, the virtual personal...

Yelp iPhone app gets Foursquare-style check-ins

Foursquare and Gowalla have been locked in a battle over the emerging market for location-based social networking, but wait ... here comes a new challenger! Actually, it's an old, familiar challenger: Yelp. Yelp has gained a massive base of users and venues as one of the biggest user-submitter review sites on the web. It only makes sense to build check-ins and a leaderboard on top of that, so...

Strong opinions on tea are brewing at RateTea.net

I was surprised at the huge response to my post about Steepster, a Facebook-esque social network where people can connect to discuss their favorite teas. I'm even more surprised to find that there's more than one social tea site out there. The folks at RateTea.net recently invited me to take a look at their (sort of) competing offering. The two sites are actually quite different, though, so...

Yelp for iPhone shows off an augmented reality easter egg

Download Squad has covered augmented reality apps before, both on Android and on the iPhone, but we speculated that it would be a while before AR became commonplace in apps people actually use. We might have been wrong about that, thanks to a surprise in the latest version of Yelp for iPhone. Shaking your phone a few times unlocks a hidden augmented reality mode called Monocle, that shows reviews...

Telonu: Think "Yelp" for the workplace

Yesterday, Telonu launched the beta for its free, workplace focused community content website. In Telonu's words, you can "Rave, Rant, Rate™ your workplace, the people there and lots of other stuff – anonymously or not." Essentially this is Yelp, but for schools and companies -- and just as importantly, the people or management at those schools and companies. When you register with...

Yelp launches business accounts

Yelp lets customers write reviews of restaurants, shops, and all sorts of other businesses in communities throughout the country. And that's the sort of service that makes the site both incredibly useful and incredibly dangerous for business owners. Now Yelp is giving business owners tools that let them keep a closer eye on the reviews their establishment is receiving. If you sign up for a...

Yelp: Social networking meets restaurant reviews

John C. Dvorak's latest column is about Yelp, a new site that combines social networking a la Friendster to restaurant and business reviews a la Epinions. If you're looking for a restaurant you can see what others have recommended and their ratings, plus other places they've rated, what their friends have rated, and so on. As Dvorak says, "If it turns out that a person likes Denny's and hates...