How Many Yelp Reviews Say ‘YOLO’? Its New Trends Tool Shows You



Kale and Zumba have fallen in and out of favor over the years, and Yelp‘s new tool might be able to help you pinpoint when and where.

The premise of Yelp Trends, which debuted on Thursday, is simple: It tracks the popularity of search topics over a 10-year span, honoring the company’s 10-year anniversary.

“It’s something that we built in-house and it’s pretty straightforward,” Eric Singley, Yelp’s vice president of mobile and consumer products, told…

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Bares All in First Official Trailer



The trailer for the hotly anticipated film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey has dropped and — no surprise here — it’s a steamy one.

We get a first look as innocent college student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) gets involved in a sadistic love affair with bad boy billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). And then, the moment we’ve all been waiting for: a glimpse at Grey’s “red room of pain.”

Johnson and…

How to Reclaim Your Goals When the Path to Success Gets Foggy



I want to have an extraordinary career — and really make an impact inside my company, and out in the world.

But there are so many little things that need to get done every day.

It’s so hard to stay focused on the big picture.

Sound like you?

If so, I can relate. In running my own business, I know how challenging it can be to get all of the “little things” done, while still making progress toward your bigger, more meaningful career goals.

Some days, it can feel like you’re drowning in…

GM Expects to Pay at Least $400 Million to Ignition Switch Victims



General Motors has finally given an estimate for how much it plans to pay victims of its faulty ignition switch

GM revealed in its second quarter earnings report Thursday that it expects to pay at least $400 million for a compensation program for the defective ignition switch that resulted in dozens of crashes and 13 deaths.

“There is no cap on this program, but this charge is the company’s best estimate of the amounts…

Finally, a Movie That Panders to ’90s Kids



Get ready to kick your nostalgia into overdrive

There are no shortage of ’80s and ’90s toy-themed movies like The Lego Movie and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hitting theaters, but this parody trailer from The Wil Wheaton Project tops them all.

As Wil Wheaton commented on YouTube, “We at the Wil Wheaton Project believe it’s finally time for the most pandering nostalgia film of all time!”

Why Killing the Check-In Was the Wrong Move for Foursquare



The Foursquare check-in officially is no more. The newly revamped Foursquare is now a Yelp-like local discovery app, while check-ins have been relegated to Swarm

But the transition to Swarm, which first launched in May, has not been an easy one for Foursquare’s base.

For his part, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley is confident the new Foursquare-Swarm combination is the right model for the now five-year-old company that pioneered…

Humans Mimic Facial Expressions From Certain Robots



Without thinking, humans tend to mimic the facial expressions of others. When other individuals smile, people smile and feel warmth. When others frown, people frown and share their sadness. This empathetic response is so strong that people might even instinctively copy the facial expressions of creepy robots, a new study suggests.

Researchers observed how students interacted with a robot made to look like physicist Albert Einstein to explore the phenomenon of facial mimicry. This instinctive…

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Chief Happiness Officers Could End Up Making Employees Miserable



Happiness isn’t something you find, or work toward — it’s something you buy and have delivered. Or at least that’s the premise of one of the newest jobs over in the C-suite. Now, alongside the CEO, CFO and their ilk, we have the CHO, or chief happiness officer. As the name clearly suggests, the CHO is responsible for the contentment of individual employees, sort of like an HR manager, but on steroids; the theory goes that happy workers are productive workers, so happiness turns out to be in…

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Square, IFTTT Hope They’ve Found the Recipe for Small Business Success



Square is diving into recipes, but probably not the kind you’re thinking.

The mobile payments company announced Thursday that it has integrated with IFTTT, a service that automates your tasks with a few manual directions.

IFTTT, which stands for “If This, Then That,” allows users to create “recipes” — a series of events that occur once an initial trigger takes place. For example, a small business owner could have an email automatically sent to…