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Field Notes

In New App Marketplace, Signs of the Square’s Future

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The company launched its Square App Marketplace yesterday to allow third-parties to develop applications that integrate directly into its point-of-sale product. The move marks an important step in Square’s evolution as it shifts focus from consumer-facing payments to an arguably much larger business software market...

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Paid Placement Helps GrubHub Pad Its Bottom Line

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Grubhub posted better-than-expected earnings Thursday sending shares up slightly in early trading. The online ordering company, which hit the public markets earlier this year, saw revenue and profit inch up slightly in a seasonally less active third quarter due in part to the adoption of a new auction-based commision model...

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Lord and Taylor Plans to Install Bluetooth Beacons in Stores Nationwide

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Here’s some good news for the beacon community. A month after Macy’s announced an ambitious plan to roll out Shopkick devices to over 4,000 locations nationally, Lord and Taylor appears to be following suit...

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Yelp Cashes In on YP Partnership — If Only for the Moment

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The company posted stronger-than-expected revenues Tuesday, but cautious guidance sent shares tumbling in after-hours trading. The revenue increase appears to have come, in part, from a partnership with YP that the company made earlier this year...

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With Carrier Data, Vistar Media Finds Foothold in Mobile Ad Fray

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Vistar, a digital out-of-home startup, wants to use carrier data to map consumer behavior in the real world. Through a partnership with AirSage, Vistar has developed a system which it says can allow marketers to analyze where nearly 110 million of consumers live, work and shop in an anonymized and privacy-sensitive way...

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Field Notes

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Wooing Restuarants, Retail Software Startup LightSpeed Buys POSIOS

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Point-of-sale startup Lightspeed said Wednesday it has purchased a belgian competitor, POSIOS, to help the firm enter the food service vertical and expand internationally. The deal underscores the potential for consolidation within a small business software segment that has seen an intense influx of capital and redrawing of product lines...

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Off the Block

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5 Influential Products That Helped Define Local Tech

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The local industry has yielded a bevy of popular products. Some have survived while others have faded into the background, but the industry continues to merit the hype. Here we take a look at the five best products in local tech over the past few years...

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Headlines

Street Fight Daily: Uber Wars Thin Out, Jack Dorsey Denies Rumors

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A roundup of today's big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology... Why A Taxi App With $100 Million In Funding Failed In The U.S. (Fortune)... Jack Dorsey On The Report That Square Is In Talks To Sell To PayPal — 'FALSE' (Business Insider)... Amazon and Rise of Mobile Challenge Google’s Search Position, Says Chairman (GigaOm)...

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Interviews

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Exit Interview: Thinknear Founder Eli Portnoy Leaves Telenav

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Two years after Telenav acquired Thinknear, the startup's founder Eli Portnoy has left the company. We caught up with Portnoy to talk about some of the surprises in the mobile advertising industry over the past few years, whether location merits its own sandbox, and how his views about the small businesses market have evolved...

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Features

Alignable Growing a Social Network for Small Businesses

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Founded by the co-founders of Constant Contact and Invisalign, Alignable allows small businesses owners to share information, ask questions, and seek answers from other merchants nearby and business owners in similar industries across the country. Think Nextdoor — but with worried store owners instead of overbearing parents.

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