Yelp Turns Down $550M Google Bid
User reviews site may have been approached by rival
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2009 12:48 PM CST
Yelp CEo Jeremy Stoppelman.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Crowd-sourced local business review site Yelp has backed out of a $550 million acquisition by Google that was thought to be almost certain just days ago. Michael Arrington, writing on TechCrunch, is uncertain as to why the deal fell apart, but surmises that “someone” came up with a counteroffer for a "strategic deal" that gave CEO Jeremy Stoppleman “the confidence to say no.” But just who that is—“Apple, Microsoft, etc.”—remains a mystery.