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What We’re Reading: June 29 – July 3

Where to find hipsters in Portland, noodles in Chicago, and tourist traps in Paris

Yelp is a pretty popular way to review restaurants, bars, laundromats, really any retail establishment. With over 39 million ratings and reviews around the world, that’s a lot of data floating around. Now Yelp is harnessing some of that information in its new Wordmaps feature. Basically heatmaps of where specific words and phrases are most often used, you can now search multiple major metros to locate ‘romantic’, ‘hipster’, ‘cocktails’, ‘noodles’, and even ‘bacon’. Pretty cool way to see what neighborhoods have what demographic.

The New York Times gadget blog tackles apps for tablets and mobile phones to help home office users make lists, track, and get ahead.

Hertz, one of the old-line car rental companies, is moving to capture market share from neighborhood-focused Enterprise as well as car-sharing upstart, Zipcar. Hertz plans to open up to 12,000 neighborhood locations across the country in the next few years.

Lazy days ahead? Not this summer. Here’s what Inc. magazine suggests you should be doing to stay productive in the dog days of summer. Luckily some of the suggestions are ‘get away from it all’ and ‘read’. I think I can handle that!

Have a great holiday everyone!

Dave

Senior Information Specialist

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