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This is an interesting era. As participation in social networking becomes more and more compulsary for both individual and businesses, we find ourselves in another one of those weird beginning-of-the-learning-curve periods that makes many of us roll our eyes constantly, while others bang their heads in frustration. Those of us who have been doing this for a while become homocidal when our flow is interrupted by someone who might be a little wet behind the ears, while others try to figure out why they keep getting yelled at. It reminds me of the days when the early adopters had to... Continue »
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As you may have seen on our Yelp Official Blog, we recently did a post on a new feature we are testing: Yelpy Insights. Here on the Engineering and Product Blog, we wanted to dive into the work our engineering team did to help discover and display Yelpy Insights. The... Continue »
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With millions of contributed reviews, Yelp is the ultimate resource when it comes to recommending great local businesses, no matter what you are looking for. While all this rich content is helpful when you want a variety of options (like... Continue »
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This fall, we wrote about Apple’s iPhone 4S launch and one of its most buzz-worthy features: Siri, a voice-activated personal assistant. At the time, when asking Siri for a great date restaurant in Cleveland or a dry cleaner in Portland,... Continue »
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Disclaimer: This is my experience my first time out deploying a transit circuit. This post won't go into every single detail about every aspect of this or different ways it could've been done. If you want to know more, you should read more on the topics in RFCs, vendor manuals, non-vendor manuals, wikipedia, and the like. Also the process I went through is not necessarily the only way to do it. In the style of routergod, today we are speaking with Margaret Cho on the ins and outs of internet transit circuit deployment! Ms. Cho! I'm so glad you could... Continue »
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Just because 2011 is coming to a close doesn’t mean we’re not still hiring -- in fact, anything but! Next up in our “Day in the Life” series is Cliff Curry, Yelp Product Manager by day and, well, we’re not... Continue »
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Hello and welcome back to another Hackathon recap. For those of you just joining us, Hackathons are a periodic opportunity for our engineers to take a break, scratch an itch, and demonstrate their creativity. So, while you’re probably not going... Continue »
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Blog: nataliepo
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...which links to this, which was deleted! Hyperfavers are on the prowl. Continue »
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As previously reported, we recently released a brand new mobile site, hand made with love for our more than 8 million users with mobile Webkit browsers who visited www.yelp.com from mobile devices in August. Surprisingly, there are a lot of challenges when creating a whole new, albeit mini, website (who... Continue »
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The reason tens of millions of people use Yelp every month to help them find a great local business is because they trust Yelp’s review content. We work hard to keep that trust by protecting the integrity of our review... Continue »
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Normally, Businessweek comes on Friday. For some reason this week, the magazine showed up today instead. I didn't think much of it when I walked out to the driveway, actually. There it was, folded up in its weatherproof bag, just... Continue »
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Blog: sippey.com
In 2008, my colleague Ray Marshall and I had the privilege of being able to demo TypePad's iPhone app onstage during the keynote of Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference. It was a career highlight for me, not only for the opportunity... Continue »
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via www.flickr.com passed by this carpet store on the 101 yesterday. Continue »
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Blog: oopsie daisy
The following is an email I wrote in response to a job offer from a company that, after receiving my resume and cover letter, asked me to complete a three-hour (timed) edit test. After they received my edit test, I... Continue »
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Blog: Basil's blog
Nooo! I shredded up my favorite toy! Bye bye stuffed hedgehog....ooh new toy! Plushy star~! Weee! Continue »
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On the way out of the Syfy party on Saturday night, a pretty horrible thing happened. I wasn't going to talk about it in public, but I can't stop thinking about it, and I think this needs to be said. Continue »
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Blog: nataliepo
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What do you do in an awkward situation where you're exposed to avoidable unpleasantness in front of a wider audience? You want to raise your voice to stop the atrocity, but you don't know the protocol in ending the pain?... Continue »
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Nothing stimulates conversation quite lie donuts, except for square donuts. Continue »
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