Science Blog: Yelp Reviewers Take A Dimmer View Of Nursing Homes Than The Feds

Science Blog: Yelp Reviewers Take A Dimmer View Of Nursing Homes Than The Feds. “The stars are not aligned when it comes to online reviews of nursing homes. A new study by the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology shows that Yelp reviewers give nursing homes significantly less favorable ratings than those found on the federal website, Nursing Home Compare, run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).”

Wired: Yelp Claims Google Broke Promise To Antitrust Regulators

Wired: Yelp Claims Google Broke Promise To Antitrust Regulators. “YELP IS ACCUSING Google, its longtime rival in local search, of scraping photographs of local businesses from Yelp and other sites for use in Google search results, violating promises that Google made in 2012 as part of a settlement to end a Federal Trade Commission investigation.”

Digital Trends: Hot Dog! Yelp Photo Classification Makes Food Shots Easier To Browse

Digital Trends: Hot Dog! Yelp Photo Classification Makes Food Shots Easier To Browse. “A picture may be worth a thousand words — but it can also be worth lunch. Yelp visitors often rely on photographs to determine their next dining spot, and now, updated artificial intelligence is helping to both prioritize the best images and categorize each shot.”

New York Times: Yelp’s Six-Year Grudge Against Google

New York Times: Yelp’s Six-Year Grudge Against Google. “Jeremy Stoppelman, chief executive of Yelp, the local search and reviewing site, would like this article to be focused on his company’s growth, or on how its reviews help independent businesses, or on pretty much anything besides what it is about: how Yelp became Google’s most tenacious pest.”

Arizona State University: Posting Yelp reviews to Facebook changes their nature, ASU study shows

Arizona State University: Posting Yelp reviews to Facebook changes their nature, ASU study shows. “There has been a lot of research on online reviews, but an Arizona State University professor’s paper is breaking new ground by looking at the actual words that people use in their reviews. He and his colleagues found that when the online-review platform Yelp started allowing users to post simultaneously on Facebook, it changed their nature. The result was a double-edged sword for the sites — more reviews, which Yelp wants, but more “emotional” language, which users say is less helpful, according to previous research. In other words, more quantity but less quality.”

Yelp’s Bug Bounty Program Goes Public

Yelp has joined the bug bounty bandwagon. (Say that three times fast.) “The company has, for two years, participated in a private bounty program with HackerOne, rewarding a closed field of experts for finding hundreds of vulnerabilities, said Martin Georgiev, Yelp security engineer. Today, the program goes public, and it’s fairly expansive with a number of areas of its infrastructure in scope, including its desktop site, mobile application and public API.”