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Yelp picks Bing over Google to translate reviews in 15 languages

Yelp announced today that it will use Microsoft Bing to translate reviews on its iPhone app. Thanks to Microsoft’s Bing Translator, Yelp will translate either one review, or all reviews, with just one push of a button. There are 15 supported languages: English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian, French, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish,… Read More

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Watch out, Yelp: Amazon has been quietly collecting local reviews for a month

Amazon has quietly launched the ability for customers to write reviews for local restaurants, spas and activities, putting it squarely in competition with other online services, like Yelp, Angie’s List or Google’s Zagat. The reviews capability rolled out last month, part of an iPhone app update for Amazon Local, which sells daily deals, similar to Groupon. According to… Read More

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Instapiration: Skedadel uses Instagram photos to help recommend things to do, places to see

Discovery apps like Yelp, Urbanspoon and Foursquare have proven useful to millions of people, but Peter Boctor sees a problem with them. While text reviews on those platforms include positive experiences, they also force users to comb through negative opinions. For people just looking for a great restaurant or nice bar to hang out at, visuals… Read More

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Foursquare adds recommendations with new iOS update

Forget about asking your server for a recommendation. The next time you walk into a restaurant, your iPhone may tell you which dishes other diners prefer, thanks to a new Foursquare update. Almost a month after the geolocation company rolled the capability out to Android, select iOS users will be getting push recommendations for places… Read More

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Menuish helps you find restaurant menus on your phone

Like many couples hitting the town for a bite, Chris Eigner and Devon St. Clair started scrolling through their phones to find a good place to eat. But much to their frustration, most restaurants have flash-filled websites that are difficult to navigate, much like this Oatmeal comic demonstrates. So after dinner that night nine months ago,… Read More

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Microsoft integrating Yelp data into Bing local search

Microsoft Bing announced a deal this morning with Yelp to incorporate information from the business search and review service into the Bing Local search experience, continuing the Redmond company’s strategy of partnering with established online applications to combat Google. The move follows the recent launch of a “social sidebar” on Bing search results pages that… Read More

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KidScore: The best places to eat with your screaming kids

As a parent with an energetic toddler, I sometimes struggle to find restaurants that have the right balance of good food and entertainment when dining with a two-and-a-half year old. For the most part, we’ve relied on word-of-mouth, getting recommendations from other parents of the best spots. (We love Fremont Brewing Co. and The Ridge… Read More

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Scrappy Urbanspoon turns to TV ads to connect with foodies

Urbanspoon scratched and clawed its way to success, driven by the bootstrapping mindset of founders Adam Doppelt, Ethan Lowry and Patrick O’Donnell. The online restaurant directory grew largely through word-of-mouth; smart SEO and a cutting-edge iPhone application that caught the attention of the marketers at Apple. Except for a largely unsuccessful radio campaign, Urbanspoon didn’t… Read More

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Urbanspoon nibbles on 25,000 Zagat reviews

Zagat corned the market on restaurant ratings in the 1980s and early 1990s, tapping the power of user-generated content before that term had even entered the popular lexicon. But then, the Internet came along, and review sites such as Yelp took over. Zagat is trying to get back in the online game, and that’s part… Read More