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February 18, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Yelp Inc., the popular Internet site for customer-written reviews of restaurants, hotels and other services, expects its shares to hit the market at a price of $12 to $14 each, giving the company a value of as much as $840 million. The company said in a regulatory filing this week that it hopes to raise about $100 million in its initial public offering of more than 7.1 million shares. Its charitable foundation will sell 50,000 shares in the IPO, planned for early March. It plans to sell nearly 12% of the nearly 60 million total shares outstanding.
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April 20, 2014 | By Emma Jacobs
Feedback is everywhere. Not just in the form of professional performance reviews and unwanted comments from your parents, children and partners. Social media and review sites have unleashed the critic in us all. Eating a meal out? Post what you think of the food and waiters on a review site while still at the table. If you are reading this review online, you can leave a comment below saying just how wrong I am. We may not be able to exert complete control over what someone else thinks of us, but we can certainly do something about what we choose to do with the feedback.
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BUSINESS
April 20, 2014 | By Emma Jacobs
Feedback is everywhere. Not just in the form of professional performance reviews and unwanted comments from your parents, children and partners. Social media and review sites have unleashed the critic in us all. Eating a meal out? Post what you think of the food and waiters on a review site while still at the table. If you are reading this review online, you can leave a comment below saying just how wrong I am. We may not be able to exert complete control over what someone else thinks of us, but we can certainly do something about what we choose to do with the feedback.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
The next time Los Angeles diners consult Yelp for restaurant reviews, they won't only get an idea what neighbors thought of an establishment's ambiance, service or decor -- they'll also see if county inspectors thought it was a safe place to eat. Officials from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said Thursday that they were now posting health grades -- the familiar A, B, C marks that indicate the cleanliness and safety of...
BUSINESS
March 4, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
If you think air carriers have run out of ideas for new fees to charge passengers, think again. Among the fees airlines have announced in the last few weeks are a charge to zip through airport screening gates and board early, a fee to watch streaming movies and a fee to have your bags delivered in 36 cities around the country. It should be no surprise that airlines keep coming up with new fees: Combined, such charges generated an estimated $36 billion in 2012 for the world's largest airlines.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2009 | DAVID LAZARUS
I like Yelp. The review site can be a nifty way to check out a restaurant before risking a meal. But is Yelp also a shakedown racket for merchants? Some restaurant owners say the San Francisco company is unusually aggressive in trying to get businesses to pay hundreds of dollars in monthly "sponsorship" fees to improve their ranking in search results and to move their most positive review to the top of the page.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
It's never just a simple bear hug when President Obama is involved. For Florida pizza parlor owner Scott Van Duzer, lifting the president off the floor this weekend has wrought an onslaught of impassioned political commentary from customers on Yelp . When Obama on Sunday unexpectedly dropped by Van Duzer's eatery, Big Apple Pizza in Fort Pierce, the registered Republican and Obama supporter was so excited that he swept the commander in...
BUSINESS
March 2, 2012 | By David Lazarus
The review site Yelp has gone public, and Wall Street likes what it sees. The company's stock took off at the start of trading. But is Yelp a good investment? Let's post a review. First of all, Yelp is obviously a very popular Web destination, with 66 million unique monthly visitors and about 25 million reviews as of the end of last year. You can't argue with those numbers. What should make people wary, though, is the little fact that Yelp has yet to earn a penny since its founding in 2004.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
How big a hit is Taylor Swift's “Red” album? As previously reported , first-week sales of 1.21 million copies decisively places it at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 national album chart this week and makes it the fastest-selling album since Eminem's “The Eminem Show” sold 1.32 million more than 10 years ago. That translates to two copies of “Red” sold virtually every second in the seven days since “Red” was released on Oct....
BUSINESS
December 4, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Jake's on Market, a restaurant that served American-style grub in San Francisco for less than a year, closed over the weekend - but not before lashing out at unimpressed reviewers on Yelp. In a farewell note posted on its front door and on its website , Jake's owners Tim Travelstead and Brad Becker wrote that “reading reviews and ratings on Yelp … was both amusing and demoralizing.” ( Hat tip to Inside Scoop SF. ) On the crowd-sourced review site, Jake's had three stars out of five and more than 160 total reviews , many written in the last few days.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
If you think air carriers have run out of ideas for new fees to charge passengers, think again. Among the fees airlines have announced in the last few weeks are a charge to zip through airport screening gates and board early, a fee to watch streaming movies and a fee to have your bags delivered in 36 cities around the country. It should be no surprise that airlines keep coming up with new fees: Combined, such charges generated an estimated $36 billion in 2012 for the world's largest airlines.
BUSINESS
December 4, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Jake's on Market, a restaurant that served American-style grub in San Francisco for less than a year, closed over the weekend - but not before lashing out at unimpressed reviewers on Yelp. In a farewell note posted on its front door and on its website , Jake's owners Tim Travelstead and Brad Becker wrote that “reading reviews and ratings on Yelp … was both amusing and demoralizing.” ( Hat tip to Inside Scoop SF. ) On the crowd-sourced review site, Jake's had three stars out of five and more than 160 total reviews , many written in the last few days.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2012
How big a hit is Taylor Swift's "Red" album? As previously reported, first-week sales of 1.21 million copies decisively placed it at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 national album chart Wednesday and made it the fastest-selling album since Eminem's "The Eminem Show" sold 1.32 million more than 10 years ago. That translates to two copies of "Red" sold virtually every second in the seven days since "Red" was released Oct. 22. Billboard noted that sales...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
How big a hit is Taylor Swift's “Red” album? As previously reported , first-week sales of 1.21 million copies decisively places it at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 national album chart this week and makes it the fastest-selling album since Eminem's “The Eminem Show” sold 1.32 million more than 10 years ago. That translates to two copies of “Red” sold virtually every second in the seven days since “Red” was released on Oct....
BUSINESS
October 18, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Yelp, the popular review site known to make or break local businesses, will start publicly branding companies it suspects of buying fake evaluations. The San Francisco-based website, which already tries to filter out dubious appraisals, said it will now start posting visible consumer alerts on websites suspected of soliciting reviews-for-hire to boost ratings. The alerts will stay up for at least 90 days - longer if the suspicious activity continues, according to Yelp. Users, many of whom consider Yelp to be the last word on whether a business is worth visiting, can click on the alerts for more details.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
The online review of the Best Western hotel in Eagle Rock started with a critical headline: "Very poor quality, will never stay here again. " What is surprising is that the review was posted on a link found on the hotel's own website. Best Western International, one of the world's largest hotel chains, announced last week that it had redesigned its website, adding links to reviews submitted by guests to the website TripAdvisor. The move marks a trend in the hotel industry.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Yelp, the popular review site known to make or break local businesses, will start publicly branding companies it suspects of buying fake evaluations. The San Francisco-based website, which already tries to filter out dubious appraisals, said it will now start posting visible consumer alerts on websites suspected of soliciting reviews-for-hire to boost ratings. The alerts will stay up for at least 90 days - longer if the suspicious activity continues, according to Yelp. Users, many of whom consider Yelp to be the last word on whether a business is worth visiting, can click on the alerts for more details.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
The next time Los Angeles diners consult Yelp for restaurant reviews, they won't only get an idea what neighbors thought of an establishment's ambiance, service or decor -- they'll also see if county inspectors thought it was a safe place to eat. Officials from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said Thursday that they were now posting health grades -- the familiar A, B, C marks that indicate the cleanliness and safety of...
BUSINESS
September 12, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
It's never just a simple bearhug when President Obama is involved. For Florida pizza parlor owner Scott Van Duzer, lifting the president off the floor last weekend has wrought an onslaught of impassioned political commentary from customers on Yelp. When Obama on Sunday dropped by Van Duzer's eatery, Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Italian Restaurant in Fort Pierce, the registered Republican and Obama supporter was so excited that he swept the commander in chief clear off his feet. Photos of the jubilant embrace raced around the Web. Diners (and more)
BUSINESS
September 11, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
It's never just a simple bear hug when President Obama is involved. For Florida pizza parlor owner Scott Van Duzer, lifting the president off the floor this weekend has wrought an onslaught of impassioned political commentary from customers on Yelp . When Obama on Sunday unexpectedly dropped by Van Duzer's eatery, Big Apple Pizza in Fort Pierce, the registered Republican and Obama supporter was so excited that he swept the commander in...
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