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Street Fight Daily: Twitter Adds Offers, Uber Eyes $40B Valuation

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A roundup of today's big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology...Twitter Introduces Offers: Discounts You Claim in Tweets and Redeem in Stores (Recode)... Uber Said Poised to Raise Funds Showing $40 Billion Value (Bloomberg)... Clinkle Is Bribing College Students With a Vending Machine Full of Cash (ValleyWag)...

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Meet Pager: The App That Calls Local Doctors To Your Living Room

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The house call, once a staple of American medicine, is now typically reserved for the small set of wealthy clientele willing to pay out-of-pocket for a home visit. But a startup in New York believes that an evolving healthcare system paired with an increasingly delivery-friendly consumer may create the right environment for on-demand medicine...

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What Do The Internet and Your Commute Have In Common? A Lot More Than You Think.

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A handful of ex-engineers from Google and a specialist from Stanford want to take their learning from playing traffic cop on the web to solve the congestion problems plaguing some of the world’s business cities. Their insights into managing congestion at Urban Engines could have valuable lessons for managing local commerce...

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Street Fight Daily: Senator Probes Uber, Apple Maps Adds Partners

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A roundup of today's big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology...... Senator Questions Uber on Privacy Practices (New York Times)... Apple Maps Announces New Business Listings Data Partners (Mac Rumors)... Reviewers Mostly Positive, 67% on Yelp Are Either 4 or 5 Stars (Screenwerk)...

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How Small Business Software Could Produce The Next Hundred Billion Dollar Company

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A resurgent business software sector has started to use cloud computing to bring cheaper, simpler accounting, point-of-sale and even marketing software to brick-and-mortar businesses. With their advances, the era of entrepreneurship has come to the real world...

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Why Brand Names Matter Less and Less on Main Street

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The “brand era” that gave rise to some of the tentpoles of the American economy may soon come to an end. The web, now reachable wherever and whenever through smartphones, can help consumers answer many of the questions that brand once answered...

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The Democratization of Local Commerce and the Future of Physical Exchange

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While the analyst community obsesses over the share of spending that physical stores are losing to ecommerce, they overlook the vast transformation in the stores themselves. There’s a deeper shift underway in the way we sell and consume products locally that could have a substantially larger impact on the wider economy...

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Street Fight Daily: Google Kills The Carousel, Facebook’s Local Ambitions

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A roundup of today's big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology...Google Debuts New Look For Hotel Booking Ads As The Carousel Disappears (Search Engine Land)... Facebook’s New Privacy Rules Clear the Way for Payments Push and Location-Based Ads (Recode)... Can Tech Companies Solve Their Temporary Labor Problem? (Pacific Standard)...

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StockUp Presents the Latest Take on the Local Inventory Dilemma

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The three month-old startup has spent a year in stealth building a community around an app that allows users to scan barcodes and add product and pricing information manually to its database. Andy Ellwood, a former Gowalla and Waze executive who joined as chief revenue officer in January, says the company now has information about over half a million products in its database...

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The Clever Solution Behind Path’s Place Messaging Service

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In late September, the company added a feature to its messaging app called Places that allows users to text local businesses with questions, and, often within minutes, receive an answer. The experience is simple and habitual for both merchant and consumer, yet the infrastructure inside is a patchwork blend of technology and people that demonstrates a remarkable empathy for the realities of the market today...

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