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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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Google Zeitgeist reveals King Tut, El Gaucho as most-searched terms in Seattle

King Tut has taken over Seattle. Well, at least according to Google. The search engine giant released its 12th annual Year-End Zeitgeist, a tradition that showcases the people, places and topics that captured the world’s attention this year. It was Google’s most comprehensive list yet, covering 55 countries with 838 top-10 lists from places all… 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