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Consumer Reports Rates Online Ratings Services

– 1 week ago @ abcnews.go.com: Millions of consumers visit ratings sites like Yelp before they choose whether to patronize a business, but with a myriad of ratings sites, who’s judging the judges? Consumer Reports investigated the business models of five sites including Yelp and …

– 6 days ago @ arstechnica.com: Nineteen companies have “agreed to cease their practice of writing fake online reviews for businesses and to pay more than $350,000 in penalties” after being caught posing as real consumers on sites such as Yelp, Google Local, and CitySearch, New York …

– 1 week ago @ business.time.com: The trustworthiness of Yelp, Angie’s List, and other “unbiased” ratings services is called into question in a new study by Consumer Reports. And the consumer advocacy publication is hardly the only one taking issue with user-review sites lately. By now …

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