For five years, the review site Yelp.com has been operating as a guide to help users find restaurants, bars, stores and services of all types. Users rate each business on a five-star scale, complete with detailed, and sometimes brutally honest, comments. The San Francisco-based start-up boasts more than 30 million visitors a month across 35 major regional markets. I have used Yelp to help in my search for everything from a nearby Thai restaurant to a good dentist to a trusted watch repair store, each time basing my decisions on where to go simply by the slew of reviews written on the immensely popular website. Recently, however, Yelp's business model has gotten the online enterprise into trouble. The company turns a profit by selling online advertising to local services and businesses within those markets. However, some businesses that chose not to advertise claim that Yelp retaliated by negatively skewing their ratings and reviews on the site. East Bay Express, a Bay Area, … [Read more...] about Yelp Faces a Legal Review
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HANOI, Vietnam — U.S. President Donald Trump enthusiastically waved a tiny Vietnamese flag Wednesday as he sought to convince North Korea's Kim Jong Un that his nation could thrive economically like Vietnam if he would end his pursuit of nuclear weapons. "We'll see what happens, but he wants to do something great," Trump said, adding that Kim could use Vietnam as a model for economic revitalization. "If you look at what you've done in a short time, he can do it in a very, very rapid time — make North Korea into a great economic power." Trump expressed a similar sentiment in a tweet earlier Wednesday. "Vietnam is thriving like few places on earth. North Korea would be the same, and very quickly, if it would denuclearize. The potential is AWESOME, a great opportunity, like almost none other in history, for my friend Kim Jong Un. We will know fairly soon - Very Interesting!" Anticipation for what could come out of the summit ran high in Hanoi. But the carnival-like atmosphere … [Read more...] about Anticipation mounts as Trump, Kim close in on second summit
Tara DaPra, The Washington Post Published 10:15 am, Tuesday, July 3, 2018 When I played Little League softball, our team jerseys, an itchy-but-easily-washed polyester, were a bright primary yellow. Our patron was a local McDonald's franchise that rewarded wins with a free hamburger and small soft drink - a semi-covert marketing strategy we happily embraced. In the second year, when our pitcher's accuracy improved dramatically, we had a winning record. That summer, we ate a lot of hamburgers. We'd ride in groups of twos or threes across town to the appointed McDonald's, piling into minivans or, with any luck, Jenny's mom's convertible. We'd slurp Dr Peppers and devour our just-big-enough burgers. McDonald's was my introduction to onion, minced and reconstituted from its freeze-dried form, and the smallest dab of yellow mustard, its sharpness masked by the sweet-and-tangy ketchup, the perfect-but-always-too-small pickle. After our meal we'd play outside, shaking the … [Read more...] about I shunned fast food. Then I had a kid.
TomDispatch, ContributorA regular antidote to the mainstream media. 04/12/2018 05:25 pm ET This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. By Alfred W. McCoy Amid the intense coverage of Russian cyber-maneuvering and North Korean missile threats, another kind of great-power rivalry has been playing out quietly in the Indian and Pacific oceans. The U.S. and Chinese navies have been repositioning warships and establishing naval bases as if they were so many pawns on a geopolitical chessboard. To some it might seem curious, even quaint, that gunboats and naval bastions, once emblematic of the Victorian age, remain even remotely relevant in our own era of cyber-threats and space warfare. Yet if you examine, even briefly, the central role that naval power has played and still plays in the fate of empires, the deadly serious nature of this new naval competition makes more sense. Indeed, if war were to break … [Read more...] about How China And The U.S. Are Spawning A New Great Power Naval Rivalry
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Politics | Devin Nunes Sues Newspaper Company, Alleging ‘Character Assassination’ Advertisement Supported by ByDaniel Victor April 9, 2019 Less than a month after suing Twitter for allowing its users to insult him, Representative Devin Nunes, a Republican from California, said he was suing the McClatchy Company, a newspaper chain, over what he called “character assassination.” The defamation lawsuit seeks $150 million and the deletion of an article in The Fresno Bee, a McClatchy newspaper, about Alpha Omega Winery, a company that Mr. Nunes partially owns. The article, published last May, described a lawsuit by a server who was aboard a San Francisco Bay cruise in 2015 attended by some of the winery’s top investors, which she said included drugs and prostitution. The article said … [Read more...] about Devin Nunes Sues Newspaper Company, Alleging ‘Character Assassination’