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The Sharing Economy Goes Behind the Counter

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We tend to think of the sharing economy as a consumer movement that helps us hail a ride or find a place to stay. But the basic logic driving the shift will soon start to impact the more mundane aspects of small business, allowing merchants to enjoy some of the advantages of scale that their larger competitors do...

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Three Months After IPO, Grubhub is Growing — And Profitable

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Shares of the company rose 4% Thursday morning as the online ordering firm reported solid revenue growth, and a stronger-than-expected jump in profit during its first full quarter as a public company...

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WPP Mobile Exec: Location Already ‘Not Special’ in Ad Tech

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In a conversation this week, Michael Lieberman, chief executive North America at WPP's Joule, discussed the copy-cat syndrome among mobile-local ad tech, how brands have ditched geo-fencing, and why influencing consumers' impulse purchases might be the next big growth market for digital marketing dollars...

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Study: The Problem With Mobile Payments Isn’t Awareness — It’s Utility

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A new study from Thrive Analytics shows that the sluggish growth of mobile wallet initiatives is largely a product — not a marketing — problem. Among the 32% of respondents who used a wallet app, usage was, for the most part, intermittent...

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Conference Notebook: Navigating a Future For Indoor Mapping

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In a world overflowing with data, it’s ironic that the last bastion of opacity — the place about which businesses know the least — is also the place where we spend the majority of our money: the physical store...

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Street Fight Daily: Amazon’s New Wallet, Linkedin Buys Bizo

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A roundup of today's big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology... Passbook Redux: Amazon Copies Apple’s Underwhelming Digital Wallet (Pando)... LinkedIn Makes Another Deal, Buying Bizo (New York Times)... For Its First Google Glass Effort, EBay Adapts Its RedLaser Product Finder App (TechCrunch)...

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Yelp, Foursquare, and the Downsides of Mobile-First

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In an era where the "mobile-first" motto borders on dogma for tech companies, the virtues of the desktop internet often are overlooked. While Yelp continues to benefit from desktop search, mobile-first Foursquare has struggled to sustain the explosive growth it saw early on — partly because its influence on the web ecosystem remains relatively weak...

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Meet Cups: Endless Coffee for $45 a Month

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The third biggest coffee chain in New York isn’t a chain at all. It’s Cups, an Israeli app that wants to turn the city’s independent coffee shops into Netflix-style subscription service. The app offers subscribers unlimited coffee, tea, or espresso at a growing number of small coffee shops across Manhattan and Brooklyn...

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LivingSocial Taps eBay Ad Exec to Replace O’Shaughnessy as CEO

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The daily deals site has hired Gautam Thaker to replace co-founder Tim O'Shaughnessy, who announced he would step down earlier this year. Thaker had been general manager of eBay’s advertising business...

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Order Ahead, Confusion at Counter: Square’s New App, and the Problem of Leading From Behind

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A clumsy experience with Square's new app points to a deeper challenge facing the tech industry as it takes aim at the way we buy and sell goods in the real-world: technology companies, in all their glory, can only lead from behind. As companies like Square look to not only automate existing behaviors, but introduce new ones, the gatekeepers to the future of retail are on the main streets and in the malls across America.

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