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Local News Isn’t Local Enough for Meporter’s Andy Leff

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Local News Isn’t Local Enough for Meporter’s Andy Leff

Meporter, a citizen journalism platform for mobile phones that was launched in May, combines the check-in function of Foursquare with crowdsourcing and old-fashioned reporting. Using the app, journalists of all stripes can check in to a location or an event and then share their on-the-fly news report with the world at large…

Skyhook’s Morgan: Leveraging the ‘Plumbing’ Behind Hyperlocal

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Skyhook’s Morgan: Leveraging the ‘Plumbing’ Behind Hyperlocal

With all of the focus on location-aware devices these days, the companies whose technology powers those locating systems have become even more important. Skyhook uses WiFi access points, cellular phone towers and GPS satellites to locate mobile devices with 10- to 20-meter accuracy. It then plots your position on a map that services like Foursquare and Facebook Places can translate to a place with a name, like the bar you’re in or near.

B-Town Blog’s Schaefer: Hyperlocal Means Being ‘On the Ground’

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B-Town Blog’s Schaefer: Hyperlocal Means Being ‘On the Ground’

Scott Schaefer is the founder, publisher and editor of B-Town Blog, in Burien, Wash., which was named the best hyperlocal news Web site by the Society of Professional Journalists Pacific Northwest Chapter. B-Town Blog, one of six hyperlocal content sites operated by Schaefer’s LOL Dudez, aims to “report news from a ‘location-based’ perspective.” Schaefer recently spoke to Street Fight about how that “location-based” principle guides everything the site does.

Hyperlocal Launch at TechCrunch Disrupt: Meporter

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Hyperlocal Launch at TechCrunch Disrupt: Meporter

Among the 29 startups to launch their products at TechCrunch Disrupt this week in New York was Meporter, an iPhone app that offers citizen journalists another platform to publish and tag news by location. What makes it different and perhaps more promising is the the ability of event organizers and news organizations to create news events to which citizens on location can check-in and report details. Meporter is calling itself a local mobile newsdesk, turning witnesses at the scene into reporters by allowing them to “pinpoint news as it’s happening in a local community, down to the street level…

Partnership With Foursquare Is a Natural Step for Groupon

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Partnership With Foursquare Is a Natural Step for Groupon

Earlier this week All Things Digital reported that Groupon and Foursquare were discussing a partnership to push local deals targeted to location-aware check-ins. The media world has been buzzing about the rumor, but neither company has broken an official silence to confirm (or deny) the partnership or discussions. Perhaps it’s just a foregone conclusion, though, that Groupon would add immediacy and social distribution to its model. In fact it already has…

Study: Local Search to Top $8B by 2015

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Study: Local Search to Top $8B by 2015

The annual local search advertising market is expected to grow 60 percent by 2015 to $8.2 billion, according to media researcher BIA/Kelsey. In 2010 advertisers spent $5.1 billion on local search advertising. The revenue growth is expected to be driven by a surge in search ad volume — 30 percent of search is expected to be local in nature by 2015 — and smarter, targeted methods, said Matt Booth, senior vice president and program director of BIA/Kelsey’s Interactive Local Media group…

Billboards Get Into the Hyperlocal Game

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Billboards Get Into the Hyperlocal Game

The outdoor advertising industry has seen the writing on the wall, and it’s all about GPS.

At the Geoworld Summit Friday in Brooklyn, N.Y., the representatives of a dozen or more hyperlocal companies hashed through the potential and hurdles for reach the local advertising market.

Most of them sat squarely in the hyperlocal space, offering location-based data services to power publishers, marketers and deals, such as SimpleGeo, JiWire and LocalResponse. Others were there as publishers sharing their experiences, challenges and solutions, such as Baristanet and Gothamist. And mobile services and platforms naturally made up the dialogue, as well, including Goby and LoKast

Hyperlocal Video Isn’t Ready for “Take-Out”

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Hyperlocal Video Isn’t Ready for “Take-Out”

If you want to know where broadcast content is headed on location-aware devices, Scott Lindenbaum, co-founder and president of Broadcastr, suggests you look no further than your car dashboard: “There’s a reason car televisions never replaced car radios,” he said. “Video in motion is impractical and rather dangerous.” Audio worked because it worked on the go, in motion, allowing the user to remain focused on the present reality (the road) augmented by the content delivered over the radio…

Authentically Local Declares: ‘Local Doesn’t Scale’

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Authentically Local Declares: ‘Local Doesn’t Scale’

What makes a media site local? Does local coverage make it local? How about a local staff? Local ads?

Actually, it’s the ownership, say the folks behind Authentically Local, a collective of 25 hyperlocal Web sites that will be announced today at the GeoWorld Summit in Brooklyn. The collective is “basically a branding campaign” that will eventually be extended to on-the-ground businesses, said Baristanet‘s Debbie Galant, one of the founders….