A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.
Is Andrew Mason on the Bubble as CEO of Groupon? (AllThingsD)
Kara Swisher: According to sources close to the situation, several Groupon board members have been seriously discussing making major leadership changes at the Chicago-based daily deals company, including bringing in a more experienced CEO to take over for co-founder Andrew Mason. The board of Groupon has a regularly scheduled meeting later this week.
What Kinds of Local Stories Drive Engagement? The Results of an NPR Facebook Experiment (Nieman Lab)
When you come across a story about your town, city, or state, what makes you want to share it? There are hints about what causes sharing — we know emotion and positivity play roles. We know the headline can make or break a story’s potential. But what is it about certain local stories that make them more social than others?
Apple Fires a Manager Over Its Misfire on Maps (New York Times/Bits)
Apple has fired a manager who oversaw its mobile mapping service, continuing to clean house after a bad stumble. Eddy Cue, senior vice president for Internet software and services at Apple, fired the manager, Richard Williamson, according to two people briefed on the matter who did not want to be named to avoid Apple’s ire.
Small Business Saturday Allegedly Generates $5.5 Billion in Sales (ScreenWerk)
Greg Sterling: According to data provided by AMEX and the National Retail Federation, consumers aware of “Small Business Saturday” spent $5.5 billion on Saturday across the U.S. But it’s not clear whether the $5.5 billion was spent exclusively at local businesses or whether it was simply spent overall on Saturday by those consumers aware of the promotion.
Apple Awarded Patent for Its EasyPay In-store Wireless Payment Technology (The Next Web)
Apple’s patent collection is a little larger today after the company was awarded a patent for its EasyPay solution, which allows customers to scan and buy items from physical stores via the Internet connection on their device.
Highlight: The Struggle to Connect Strangers (Mashable)
In creating the product that would become Highlight, a venture more than two years in the making, Paul Davison explains that he wanted to solve the problem of walking into a crowded room and knowing exactly who to talk to.