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LivingSocial Sells Remaining Assets in Southeast Asia for $18.5M

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Three months after selling its Korean deals business TicketMonster to Groupon, LivingSocial has divested the remainder of its assets in Southeast Asia. The company announced Tuesday afternoon that it has sold the its assets in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines to iBuy, a Singapore-based ecommerce company, for $18..5 million dollars in cash.

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After Bust, LivingSocial Looks to Boom Again

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LivingSocial isn’t quite the rocketship it was a few years ago. But, after a year of pulling back, and with a change in leadership in the works, the company is looking for a second wind. Street Fight recently caught up with Doug Miller, chief revenue officer at LivingSocial, to talk about where the company went wrong, how it plans to get back on track, and what wave it looks to ride next...

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For Local Tech, Fragmentation Is a Problem to Solve — Not Avoid

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There’s been a noticeable increase in the number of partnerships, ecosystem-driven startups, and overall coordination among the companies looking to help us buy and sell stuff in the real-world. The shift could have deep implications for existing companies, and may create new opportunities for a number of new startups...

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With Partnerships, YP’s Consumer Product Takes a Back Seat

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Last week, YP announced a deal with Yelp in which the Yellow Pages spin-off will sell Yelp’s core advertising product to the company’s small business clients. For YP, and its owner Cerberus Capital, the agreement is the culmination of a deeper strategic push and a tacit acknowledgment that its role as leading consumer brand, which defined its print past, might be waning...

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What Real-Time Computing Means for Local Commerce

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Earlier this month, SAP, the german business software giant, announced that it plans to put a version of its real-time analytics software Hana online. The computing platform is one of a number of new analytics products that use so-called in-memory processing — a reference to a computer’s temporary, or working memory — to rapidly analyze vast amounts of data in an instant, allowing businesses to draw insights and make decisions in a matter of milliseconds...

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A ‘Connected’ Closet? As if — or Maybe Not

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DigitasLBi Labs, the agency’s tech incubator in Paris, has built an in-store shopping assistant that uses image recognition software and Bluetooth low-energy beacons to match, recommend, and display possible additions to a shopper’s wardrobe. The group developed the “inspiration corridor” in conjunction with Klépierre, a french real estate company that operates malls across the country, and has installed the prototype in a Parisian shopping center...

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How Data is Transforming the Local Purchase Funnel

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For years, the local marketplace largely missed out on a data revolution that has transformed commerce on the web. But the rapid adoption of the smartphone is quickly bringing the local shopping experience to parity with ecommerce, transforming the consumer journey and dramatically improving the targeting capabilities available to marketers today...

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Why Booker Wants to Blur the Line Between Marketing and Operations

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Last year, Bain Capital poured $27 million into Booker, a company that builds scheduling and business management software for small and medium-sized salons. Today, the New York-based startup is working to push deeper into the front office, building a new suite of tools that use a business's operational data — booking data, payment information and the like — to engage with existing customers, and in some cases, find new ones...

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Street Fight Daily: GoDaddy Preps IPO, JustEat Eyes London Markets

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A roundup of today's big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology... GoDaddy Prepares for IPO (Wall Street Journal)... Just Eat Preps IPO In London, Aiming To Raise £100M (TechCrunch)... CMO One-to-One: LivingSocial Evolves from Deals Site to Deals Marketplace (eMarketer)...

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In ‘Smart Cities,’ A Sea Change for the Web

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Over the past decade, a new vision of the future has emerged, in which mobility, and ubiquitous connectivity is actually drawing us back into the physical world. To accommodate the world's rapid urbanization, a growing sector of tech companies are working to create new ways to make our cities smarter. Anthony Townsend, a senior research scientist at New York University, spoke to Street Fight recently about about the Smart City movement and the changing relationship the physical and digital worlds...

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