A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.
Tribune Resumes Limited Usage of Journatic (Chicago Tribune)
Five months after suspending Journatic for plagiarism and other ethical breaches in its TribLocal suburban newspapers, the Chicago Tribune announced to employees Thursday it will resume use of the hyperlocal content provider on a limited basis for such information as community listings. But the newspaper’s executives said the Tribune will not go back to using Journatic as a source of reported news stories for TribLocal.
Facebook’s Dan Levy Touts Small Business Growth: Advertisers Have Nearly Doubled Since January, Promoted 2.5M Posts (TechCrunch)
The Pages product is the center of a company’s presence on Facebook, and Levy said there are now a total of 13 million local business Pages. The number of active local business Pages has increased by more than 40 percent since January. And the number of those Pages that have bought advertising on Facebook has nearly doubled.
BIA/Kelsey: Deals Still Aim for $5.5B by 2016 (NetNewsCheck)
Despite recent woes, the deals industry is far from dead, according to BIA/Kelsey’s Peter Krasilovsky, speaking at ILM West 2012. Krasilovsky says deals are entering their next act, combining deals with loyalty and rewards programs, and expects the industry to hit $5.5 billion by 2016.
Can Local Newspapers Collaborate with Blogs? (PBS MediaShift)
J-Lab: With U.S. newspapers losing more than 42,000 journalists since 2007, local news coverage has suffered. At the same time, hundreds of local blogs and news sites have launched in their markets . What role can traditional news organizations play not only to expose their audiences to more news than they themselves can deliver, but also to connect new sources of information rising throughout their communities?
Foursquare Gets Better for Business: You Can Now Add Events to Your Venue (TechCrunch)
Foursquare has announced that businesses can now add events to their venues. This is a pretty huge step toward helping you find new places to go and tell your friends about why you go there – without doing any work.
Mobile Engagement at Krispy Kreme: Clever Sensors Ping Doughnut Lovers (TechTarget)
About a year ago, Krispy Kreme started offering a mobile application that alerts nearby customers to when the company’s “Hot Now” light glows. Without spending a penny on marketing, Krispy Kreme saw a 6.8% increase in same-store sales since the app hit the market, according to Melissa Parrish, analyst at Forrester Research Inc. in Cambridge, Ma.