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GrubHub(s) vs. Uber(s) vs. Yelp(s): Making Sense of the Mayhem in Local Commerce

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Last week, ride-sharing service Lyft announced that it had closed a $250 million round of funding to compete with Uber in what will likely become a capital-intensive — and noisy — race around the world. But the battle over transportation is just one example of a wider push by tech companies to reinvent traditionally offline industries by developing lightweight marketplaces...

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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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Which Hyperlocal Startup Will Be Next to IPO?

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After two years of relative quiet, the hyperlocal industry is once again set to make a splash in the public markets. This year’s class is flush with some of the biggest names in tech, and signals a key shift in the business models that dominate the local technology market today...

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Control Group, a Dev Shop for the Real World, Rethinks Subway Navigation

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The agency is one of a handful of development and marketing companies to carve out a niche in bringing the web to the physical world. These companies are helping retailers, restaurants and a range of other organizations with a stake in a physical place to use connectivity to rethink the way we engage with the world around us...

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Can Renewed Coordination Prevent a Rollup in Local Media?

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Last week Google made news when the search giant struck a deal with the Local Media Consortium to power a private advertising exchange . Yesterday, Christian Hendricks, the Consortium’s chairman and a McClatchy executive, pitched the plan to a room of media executives, and made the case why the new consortium could succeed where it failed nearly a decade ago...

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How Qualcomm Wants to Reinvent Retail

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Qualcomm Retail Solutions works with retailers and other venue owners to put the company’s two positioning technologies, Gimbal and iZat, to use. Street Fight recently caught up with Kevin Hunter, senior director of product management for Qualcomm Retail Solutions, to talk about the explosion in retail technology, the emerging technology driving innovation, and what the introduction of mobile will mean for the existing retail landscape...

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Street Fight Daily: Google Courts Local Media, Billionaire Prince May Back Square

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A roundup of today's big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.... Google Helping Local Publishers Surf The Programmatic Wave  (Forbes)... Will this Billionaire Saudi Arabian Prince Back Jack Dorsey's Square (Fox Business)... GoDaddy Will Take On Shopify With A Simpler E-Commerce Storefront Arriving This Spring (TechCrunch)...

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As Seamless Nears IPO, Search and Commerce Continue on Collision Course

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Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that GrubHub Seamless had made a confidential filing for an initial public offering. The move puts the food ordering giant on a collision course with Yelp and Google as the three firms look to wrangle local consumers who increasingly expect to search, compare and buy in a single keystroke...

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