Microsoft Is a Sleeping Giant in Local — But Its Window May Be Closing

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What’s the most important dataset for a small business? More often than not, it’s a customer list. A batch of new relationship management systems have popped to make sense of customer data for small merchants in recent years, but the technology with the biggest market share isn’t what you might think…

xAd CEO: Forget Mobile — Location is the New Category for Marketers

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New York-based xAd has doubled its annual revenue in each of the past two years, expanding to London, China and India. We recently caught up with Dipanshu “D” Sharma, chief executive at xAd, to talk about mobile, data and why location is becoming the new category…

Street Fight Daily: Nokia Weighs Sale of Maps, GoDaddy Keeps Buying Startups

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A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Nokia Weighs Sale of Maps Business to Focus on Networks (Bloomberg)… GoDaddy Acquires Marketplace Startup Elto To Expand Its Services For Web Pros (TechCrunch)… Amazon, Google and More Are Drawn to Home Services Market (New York Times)…

LivingSocial Sells Off Australian Assets, Looks to ‘Refound’ Its Core Business

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Over the course of the past 18 months, the struggling daily deals company has sold off nearly all of its international assets, exiting countries and categories in an effort to create a nest egg for the “refounding” of the firm under new chief executive Gautam Thakar.

Street Fight Daily: Apple Maps Adds TripAdvisor, Crowdfunding Local News

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A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Apple Maps Now Includes Hotel Reviews From TripAdvisor and Booking.com (MacRumors)… What Works For Crowdfunding Local News (Medium)… SeatGeek Raises $62 Million In A Series C Led By Technology Crossover Ventures (TechCrunch)…

Tige Savage: Founders Need to Solve for Degrees of Freedom — Not Valuation

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In an interview with Street Fight, Tige Savage, managing director at Revolution Ventures, talks about what went wrong at LivingSocial and Groupon, why founders should solve for “degrees of freedom — not valuation,” and why the next big thing may not come out of Silicon Valley or New York…

Can Amazon Bring One-Click Purchasing to Home Services? Here’s What Experts Think

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Earlier this week, Amazon launched its widely-anticipated Home Services marketplace where you can book plumbers, painters and other professionals. We caught up with a handful of small business experts to breakdown the news and handicap Amazon’s chances of transitioning its dominant position in ecommerce to a complex and scattered service landscape…