A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.
Starbucks and Square to Team Up (NYT)
This fall, Square will begin processing all credit and debit card transactions at Starbucks stores in the United States and eventually customers will be able to order a grande vanilla latte and charge it to their credit cards simply by saying their names. Starbucks is also investing $25 million in Square as part of its latest round of financing, which values the company at $3.25 billion, and Howard D. Schultz, Starbucks’s chief executive, will join Square’s board.
Craigslist Cuts Off Its Search Engine to Spite Its Face (GigaOm)
In an effort to starve would-be competitors of classified ad data, Craigslist is reportedly demanding that search engines stop indexing its listings. The site has moved aggressively in recent weeks to combat what it considers the misuse of its listings.
Why Apple Should Buy Foursquare (RWW)
What happens to Foursquare? As long as it’s just another app to check, it doesn’t have much room to grow. But there’s more to Foursquare than a standalone app, something fundamental enough that it could be built into a phone. Specifically, Apple should buy Foursquare.
Ben Huh Re-imagines News for the Mobile Generation (Paid Content)
Circa, the stealthy mobile news startup from Cheezburger’s Ben Huh and SimpleGeo’s Matt Galligan, is trying to build a news application that is native to smartphone and tablet users. In a video interview, Huh explains what’s wrong with news today and how it needs to change.
Facebook Pushes Users to Add Location to More Photos with News Feed and Sidebar Prompts (Inside Facebook)
Facebook is encouraging users to tag the location of their photos through sidebar modules and News Feed stories, likely to build better profiles of where users have been. A new module in the site’s right-hand sidebar prompts users to add location to specific photos they have taken.
Nextdoor, the Private Social Network, Hooks Up With the City of San Jose (All Things D)
As of Tuesday, the city of San Jose can use Nextdoor to distribute information to the network. With the new hookup, local government can send out messages to all those San Jose residents on Nextdoor, regardless of the neighborhood in which they reside.