A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology
Apple’s Maps’ New “City Tours” Feature Uncovered In iOS 8 Betas (TechCrunch)
An officially announced but yet-to-seen feature in Apple’s new operating system iOS called “City Tours,” has been unlocked by an enterprising developer. The feature, which lets you view a city from above, zooming in and panning around famous landmarks, was noted on a slide at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month.
Openings and New Hires at Facebook, 4INFO and WhitePages (Street Fight)
Every two weeks, Search Influence’s Kelly Benish — who knows practically everyone in hyperlocal — covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. In this week’s edition, moves and new openings at Mobee, Turner Broadcasting, hibu, Angie’s List, Signpost and more.
eBay Rumors Say PayPal President David Marcus Was Fired; Execs Refute the Claims (VentureBeat)
Outgoing PayPal David Marcus was shown the door by eBay executives because his vision for the virtual-payment kingpin wasn’t working out, sources within eBay are saying. In other words, he was fired. But Marcus and his former boss refute the claims.
How the Local Web Is Helping Neighbors Connect and Build Community (Street Fight)
Mike Orren: We are at the cusp of being able to solve the “last mile” problem, largely because with mobile devices we are nearing 100% access and interoperability. There are three key areas where we can make a big difference, right in our local community, with the types of information available to enrich our local lives: government; commerce and community.
A Reply to Clay Shirky (Columbia Journalism Review)
Ryan Chittum: NYU’s Clay Shirky calls Ken Doctor and me shills and nostalgists for our respective coverage of Aaron Kushner’s investment in The Orange County Register. But young journalism students mightight wonder why leading thinkers like Shirky for years contributed intellectually to newspapers’ current state by opposing paid content long ago, coming around when it was all but too late.
Airbnb’s Battle for New York (Businessweek)
Airbnb’s current peer-to-peer rental model already works well and generates little community friction in much of the country, where people live in detached or semi-detached houses. But critics point out that in New York City the majority of renters and owners live in multiunit buildings—and that those buildings tend to prohibit commercial use of individual units.
Is Your Local Business Ready For Google’s Neighborhood Algorithm? (SearchEngineLand)
Andrew Shotland: Google has long understood super well-known dense neighborhoods like SoHo, NY. But there’s a good reason why neighborhoods, particularly smaller city neighborhoods, have not been used as default locations in Google: it’s pretty tricky to define a neighborhood’s boundaries.
Anti-Uber Activist Claims It’s Hiring ‘Any Wino Or Bum,’ And Maybe Terrorists (Forbes)
Jeff Bercovici: In a letter to the Attorney General, the publisher of a taxi industry report accused Uber drivers of refusing to make pick-ups or drop-offs in “undesirable” neighborhoods in order to practice “racial profiling and discrimination.” An open letter sent today to Dan Patrick, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor of Texas, has a somewhat different tone.
LBMA Podcast: VW’s Eyes on the Road Campaign, Blippar Acquires Layar (Street Fight)
Top stories of the week feature Amazon, Regent St, Autograph, Avanade, Accenture, NinthDecimal (JiWire), PicQuest, Norton Outdoor, Placed, Retail Solutions Inc, Gigwalk, and Urban Airship