April 3, 2014 |
Among the frequently asked questions on Yelp's website, there's this: "Will Yelp remove or reorder bad reviews if a business pays for sponsorship?" And the answer: "No. You can't pay us to remove or reorder your bad reviews - it's just that simple. " It's not that simple, at least if you listen to the many small-business owners who say Yelp routinely uses bad reviews and competitors' ads as leverage to get merchants to cough up some cash. "They continually harass you and strong-arm you to get you to pay for their service," said Randy Boelsems, 64, who runs a boating supply company in Fountain Valley.
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August 24, 2011 |
Match.com settled a lawsuit brought by a sexual assault victim by agreeing Tuesday to conduct background checks on all members to screen out known sex offenders. Screenwriter Carole Markin proclaimed victory for the millions of singles who make use of online dating services, saying Match.com's commitment to security screening could prevent attacks such as the one she suffered last year on a second date with Alan Paul Wurtzel of Pacific Palisades, who had at least six previous sex offense convictions.
August 20, 2013 |
Behaving like Scrooge is typically not the best way to win points with a date. But a new study concludes that many love seekers think savers are actually more attractive than spenders. Savers are viewed as having higher powers of self-control than their free-spending peers. That kind of discipline can extend into other areas as well, making life more pleasant for potential mates, the study said. For example, savers may also be more careful about exercising and watching their nutrition.
July 30, 2007 |
HER front brain is telling her he's trouble. Look at the facts, it says. He's never made a commitment, he drinks too much, he can't hold down a job. But her middle brain won't listen. Man, it swoons, he looks great in those jeans, his black hair curls onto his forehead so adorably, and when he drags on a cigarette, he's so bad he's good. His front brain is lecturing, too: She's flirting with every guy in the place, and she can drink even you under the table, it says.
June 14, 2012 |
AT&T has announced the Sony Xperia ion Android smartphone will begin selling June 24. The phone will be available to consumers for $99 with a two-year contract. It runs on the AT&T 4G LTE network and will run Android's Gingerbread, which is outdated by two more-recent versions of the operating system. The Xperia ion comes with a 4.6-inch screen that plays HD video at 720p. And it can connect and play its content on HDTVs through an HDMI cable. The phone features a 12-megapixel camera, billed as Fast Capture for its quick 1.5-second launch time and shoots video in 1080p.
October 17, 2009
Dear Frank and Jamie: Would you mind putting off all the ugly accusations, recriminations and posturing by attack-dog attorneys until after our team tries to win the World Series? We'd all appreciate it. Keep in mind who the other children of this divorce are. And, by the way, we don't want to have to go to two Dodger Stadiums when this is over. Dave Stuart, Westlake Village To all of you blue-clad visitors who tried to turn Petco Park into your house, don't expect any sympathy from Padres fans on the impending McCourt divorce.
July 13, 2012 |
Nvidia, a semiconductor maker, said as many as 400,000 of its users' passwords were stolen by hackers. The company, which makes parts used in Apple and Google products, among others, said attacks this month resulted in hackers compromising its users' encrypted passwords. As a result, the company told the Los Angeles Times, it has suspended five of its websites as it investigates the matter. A spokesman for the company said that despite the passwords being "scrambled using an encrypted algorithim," hackers were still able to steal them, according to a report by the Associated Press . Nvidia told the Los Angeles Times that the accounts belonged to users of the Nvidia Forum, Developer Zone and Research Site, which the company has now suspended.
June 15, 2012 |
Facebook is currently testing a video "Call" button for its Timeline profiles, giving more prominence to its little known Video Calling feature. The social network confirmed that the button is being tested on a few people's profiles, being placed under cover photos and in between the current "Message" and gear buttons. That location is a familiar spot for the "Call" button since that's where it was previously located after Video Calling was launched by Facebook last summer, as can be seen on Facebook's page for the feature.
November 19, 2013 |
Actor-comedian Patton Oswalt ("Ratatouille," "Big Fan") will host the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, the nonprofit announced Tuesday. Film Independent, the organization which also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival, will hold the 29th annual ceremony in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, March 1st, the day before the Academy Awards The telecast of the event will air later that evening at 10 p.m. ET/PT on IFC. Oswalt, who...