A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.
Here Comes Passbook: Latest Leak Points to NFC-Equipped Next-Gen iPhone (TechCrunch)
The next iPhone has already leaked out in almost every way, shape and form, yet new images continue to surface. This time, we’re allegedly seeing the most complete view of the next iPhone to date, including what appears to be an NFC chip.
Marketer That Sued Groupon Now Targeting LivingSocial (CNet)
Blue Calypso, a little-known marketing company, filed suit against Living Social for patent infringement just weeks after accusing Groupon of the same infraction. The company, which says it provides marketing services for businesses via social media and loyalty rewards services, says Groupon and Living Social has been using its technology.
Pasadena Publisher Launches a System for Outsourcing Local News (Columbia Journalism Review)
A publisher in Pasadena, CA, who said he received death threats when he started hiring workers in India to write local stories five years ago nevertheless has launched a business to help other local publishers start outsourcing. James MacPherson, who founded local news site Pasadena Now nine years ago, launched a business called Journtent last week, just a month after the outsourcing company Journatic sparked panic in U.S. newsrooms when it emerged that local stories outsourced to Journatic by the Chicago Tribune, the Houston Chronicle and others had been written abroad and then published with fake, American-sounding bylines.
Frame Media & Where: Two Startups Built on Promising Tech Trends, Two Different Outcomes (Boston.com)
The story of Frame offers a look at what happens when entrepreneurs build a company atop a trend that never quite touches down. Meanwhile, the story of Where Inc., another local company built by the company’s co-founders, demonstrates just the opposite: how picking a trend that is about to take off forgives many false starts.
MasterCard Inks 5-Year NFC/Mobile Payments Deal With UK’s Everything Everywhere, Covers 27M Users (TechCrunch)
MasterCard is once more extending its reach into mobile money services in Europe in partnership with a carrier — this time in the mobile-savvy UK market. The payment processing giant has cut a five-year deal with Everything Everywhere, the JV between France Telecom’s Orange and T-Mobile, to develop mobile payment solutions, with a “co-branded, prepaid solution for mobile devices” enabling contactless NFC payments one of the first planned out of the gate.
Craigslist Quietly Begins Testing Maps (TPM)
Craigslist has just gotten a major cartographic upgrade. The popular classified advertising website has quietly begun testing embedded maps on ads for housing in the San Francisco Bay and Portland, Oregon areas.