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Facebook debuts feature to find local businesses

  • Facebook has come up
    with a new feature on its social networking site that helps users find local
    businesses based on customer reviews, bringing it in direct competition with
    similar services from Yelp and Angie’s List,
    Reuters reported.
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  • The feature was first
    • Facebook has come up
      with a new feature on its social networking site that helps users find local
      businesses based on customer reviews, bringing it in direct competition with
      similar services from Yelp and Angie’s List,
      Reuters reported.
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    • The feature was first
      spotted by a tech blog. Facebook has not made a public announcement of the
      feature.
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    • The webpage for the
      new feature, which reads “Find local businesses with the best Facebook
      reviews and ratings”, can be accessed through the
      URL,www.facebook.com/services.
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    • Facebook, which
      allows businesses to create pages on its site, has a section on such pages that
      enables users to post and read reviews.
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    • Companies such as
      Yelp and Angie’s List are known for similar services that allow users to find
      and rate restaurants and a variety of other businesses.
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    • Yelp was last in the
      news in November for winning the dismissal of a lawsuit by shareholders who
      claimed they were fraudulently misled about the authenticity and quality of its
      reviews, and whether Yelp manipulated those reviews to favour paying
      advertisers.
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    • In a November 24
      decision, US District Judge Jon Tigar in San
      Francisco said reasonable investors would understand
      that not all Yelp reviews are real, particularly given the company’s admission
      that its technology to screen user-generated content for its website is not
      fool-proof.

     

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