A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups.
GPS navigation services provider TeleNav has completed the acquisition of goby, a local search engine and mobile application developer. goby provides services that allows users to explore events and activities based on location. (M&A Deals)
Nonprofit news site The Bay Citizen got a jump start to success early in its life with a unique content relationship with The New York Times that provides two pages of local news for the newspaper’s Northern California edition. (NetNewsCheck)
Groupon has established its own, unique DNA, whether it’s through great offers, offer text, or publicity stunts. A company that replicates Groupon’s business model must also stay as innovative as Groupon has been. Here’s a look at some of the factors that have kept Groupon in the game. (Daily Deal Media)
Since 2006, Zave Networks has been working on digitizing coupons and loyalty rewards programs with products like Zavers. With the rise of smartphones, the market has been exploding. Now Zave Networks takes their cause to a much bigger potential audience: Google has just acquired them. (TechCrunch)
A private, Chicago-based institution will be the first to put forth a deeply discounted deal on tuition via Groupon. In an effort to bolster interest in its graduate teaching program, National Louis University will offer would-be teachers a Groupon for nearly 60% off tuition of an entry-level graduate teaching course. (Mashable)
Bidmyway is a newly launched local deals app operating in the Chicago market. As opposed to being a deals aggregator for more popular brands like Groupon or Living Social, the app offers exclusive deals made with local merchants. (TechCrunch)