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Facebook Just Launched A New Feature Designed To Kill Yelp (Business Insider)
Facebook has unveiled a new feature called “Place Tips,” and it’s aimed directly at location-based recommendation apps like Yelp. The premise behind Place Tips is fairly simple: When you’re near a store, restaurant or location that Facebook thinks you might like, a little pink notification will pop up on your News Feed. Click it, and you’ll be able to sift through cards that detail everything ? from reviews to photos and posts ? from your friends that have visited the location in the past. The Verge “News Feed today is a pretty good tool at connecting you to friends and news,” said product manager Mike LeBeau, “but if we?re Facebook and our job is to connect the world, what else do we want to connect you to"” The answer to that question is “the world around you,” and given the proliferation of Facebook use on mobile devices, it?s a logical move to make ? and one that?ll help the company surface the massive amount of photos, tips and other data it has tied to specific locations and businesses. CNET Place Tips is optional, and will appear only if you’ve given Facebook permission to access your location. The company will start testing Place Tips in the New York City area, using cell networks, Wi-Fi and GPS to determine your location. The Next Web While Yelp certainly has dominance over business recommendations (in the U.S., at least), turning on the feature by default will certainly make users pay more attention to Facebook?s offering. Whether users actually keep it on, however, remains to be seen.
DISH Subscribers Can Skip Through the Super Bowl for the Ads (LostRemote)
Proving that all technology can be used for good and evil, DISH announced that it?s going to let subscribers use the ?Reverse Autohop? feature for the Super Bowl. On Monday, DISH ...