A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups.
Facebook’s local chief Emily White says that local businesses should post to their wall three times per week. She also talks about the network’s push for check-in deals on Facebook Places. (USA Today)
Google is keenly interested in location data, and it seems like its work in maps and location is paying off, particularly on mobile phones. Google Maps on mobile devices, which makes up about 40 percent of all Google Maps usage, is on pace to eclipse desktop usage for the first time next month. (GigaOm)
Location-based question and answer site Gootip uses Google Places API tied with its own algorithm to specify where a question is being asked and tries to increase the relevance of the answer with users IP location from Foursquare and the Facebook Graph. (ReadWriteWeb)
After Sonar’s product demo, TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington asked founder Brett Martin how much he spent to build the service which introduces you to people relevant around you. When Martin replied that Sonar took around $250K to date to build, Arrington commented, “This is better now than Color could ever hope to be.” (TechCrunch)
A source list of some white label daily deal platforms that have made inroads with prominent local media companies. (NetNewsCheck)
Hyper-local social network Yatown has announcing that former Yahoo Search SVP Tuoc Luong is joining the board and investing in the venture. Luong’s experience with the Internet industry has also included roles as CTO of Zazzle, Ask.com, as well as other senior executive roles at Microsoft and Borland. (Press Release)
The Washington, D.C.-based startup is focused on helping developers build mobile audiences byMobile ad network Millennial Media has acquired mobile data firm Condaptive. analyzing location and other data. (MediaPost)