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Yelp gets an earful from L.A. business owners

Pacific Mercantile Bank Becomes Latest Partner Bank in the U.S. Global Business Solutions Program

Business owners said many of their five-star reviews from legitimate customers had been filtered, leading to suspicions that they were being withheld because the owners didn't advertise with Yelp. Yelp sought to dispel that notion, saying its filter was automatic and based on "several objective data points" that aren't tied to advertising, said Morgan Remmers, Yelp's manager of local business outreach. "The go first layer of this filter is trying to suppress any spammy, shill, malicious reviews that it can identify. The second layer that it's evaluating is the user's engagement with our site.
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"We are delighted to partner with Pacific Mercantile Bank as part of the U.S. Global Solutions Program," said Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg. "Pacific Mercantile Bank's support of U.S. exporters enhances the appeal of the "Made in America" brand abroad and boosts small-business jobs here at home." About Pacific Mercantile Bancorp Pacific Mercantile Bancorp, a publicly traded company with its shares listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the trading symbol, "PMBC", is the parent holding company of Pacific Mercantile Bank ("PMB"). PMB is an FDIC insured, California state-chartered bank and a member of the Federal Reserve System, which provides a wide range of commercial banking services to businesses, business professionals and individual clients through its combination of traditional banking financial centers and comprehensive, sophisticated electronic banking services.
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