In December, the company reportedly spurned Google's half-billion dollar bid because Yahoo (YHOO) jumped in with a $750 million offer. According to some reports, Yelp's management wasn't keen on being shackled to Yahoo and preferred Google (GOOG), but the latter tech giant refused to sweeten the pot. (In the end, negotiations supposedly fell apart.) And earlier this year, several small businesses filed lawsuits alleging that sales reps reached out and offered to hide negative reviews if they bought advertising.
COO Geoff Donaker recently sat down with Fortune to give a status update on Yelp's expansion and to address those pesky rumors. More
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