ARLnow Flips Bethesda Site, Expands Big Into Center of D.C.

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The independent community news network that has been busy expanding in the shadow of the Washington Post – has just executed some eye-grabbing moves. It 1.) sold its Bethesda Now site in suburban Maryland, 2.) bought a dormant three-neighborhood site in the District of Columbia and 3,) will resurrect and expand its acquisition…

Street Fight Daily: Groupon Sells TicketMonster Stake, Verve Hires New CEO

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A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Groupon Sells Controlling Stake in Korean Site Ticket Monster for $360 Million (Recode)… Verve Mobile Taps Acxiom’s Stirratt As CEO (MediaPost)… ‘Mobilegeddon’ Could Be Bad News For 40% of Top Websites (USA Today)…

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…

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…