Ninth Circuit: Yelp Practices Not Quite Extortion

Ninth Circuit: Yelp’s Practices Not Quite Extortion Yelp has emerged as one of the leaders among review sites, with 120 million monthly users (including 53 million mobile visitors) in 26 countries it moved into profitability last quarter. Throughout, Yelp has had it critics from the Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern who famously called Yelp* a “tremendous forum for a…

Sixth Circuit Reverses Judgment Against The Dirty

THE CASE OF THE BENGAL CHEERLEADER AT THE CYBER ZOO* Sarah Jones, a former high school teacher and Cincinnati Bengal cheerleader, sued TheDirty.com over two posts.  In the first, site users (aka “The Dirty Army”) posted that Jones was seen with the Bengals kicker and “has . . . slept with every other Bengal Football player. This girl…

Reputation Place: Outing Yelp Review, Dissing Bloggers, Love, Revenge and Why the Internet Does Not Welcome Women

Virginia Court Orders Revealing Yelp Reviewers A Virginia appeals court ordered Yelp to reveal the identity of a reviewer of an Alexandria carpet cleaner where the business presented evidence to cast doubt that the reviewer was ever a customer. Generally, a Yelp review is entitled to First Amendment protection because it is aperson’s opinion about a…

CLBR #81: Year in Review with Kashmir Hill and Marc Randazza v the PRC

HILL, RANDAZZA RETURN TO CLBR FOR YEAR END REVIEW CLBR’s year-end countdown begins with a special edition featuring the return of one of the internet’s top journalist along with one of its top newsmakers this Wednesday at 10AM PT/ 1 PM ET on WebmasterRadio.fm. Forbes’ “The Not-So Private Parts” Blogger Kashmir Hill returns to CLBR…

CLBR Segment 2 (Podcast Only): Chris Abraham and the Intersection of Social Media and Reputation Management

NOTE:  Not on live broadcast because pre-recorded due to my schedule. CHRIS ABRAHAM – REPUTATION.COM Chris comes to Reputation.com from Abraham Harrison where he was a pioneer in online social networks and publishing, with a natural facility for anticipating the next big thing, As an Internet analyst, web strategy consultant and advisor to the industries’…