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Comparing the Pros and Cons of 5 Top Location APIs

Isa Jones

Comparing the Pros and Cons of 5 Top Location APIs

With the rise of location-based services and apps, the availability of geo-specific data has grown more important than ever. With the recent sale and shuttering of SimpleGeo, a start-up that was beginning to turn heads in the geo-data field, many are wondering where to go for the location data they need. Here are five major services offering similar types of location data feeds…

Street Fight Daily: 11.09.11

David Hirschman

Street Fight Daily: 11.09.11

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups...

Yelp Hires Goldman and Citigroup to Lead I.P.O. (NYT/Dealbook)
Yelp, the online reviews site for local businesses, has hired Goldman Sachs and Citigroup to lead its initial public offering of stock, which is expected to value the company at $1.5 billion to $2 billion…

CrowdMob Builds a Tapjoy+Groupon for Distributing Local Deals (GigaOm)
The company offers merchants and retailers a way to distribute their local deals through third-party apps, incentivizing mobile users to buy a deal in exchange for virtual currency or goods…

Street Fight Daily: 11.07.11

David Hirschman

Street Fight Daily: 11.07.11

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups…

Combined Urban Airship + Simple Geo Take $15 Million in Funding (Uncrunched)
It looks like Simple Geo may have made a solid bet after all. Last week the company was acquired by Urban Airship in an all stock transaction that was actually part of a much larger financing: Urban Airship’s Series C round of funding…

Kevin Rose’s Oink: Stop Rating Places – Rate the Stuff Inside Them Instead (SiliconFilter)
The big difference between Oink and Foursquare or Yelp is that Oink doesn’t focus on places so much as on the things inside them. Instead of rating a local restaurant, for example, you would rate the pizza you had there…

Street Fight Daily: 11.02.11

David Hirschman

Street Fight Daily: 11.02.11

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups...

Aol’s Patch Taps Ad Tech Startup PaperG To Boost Local Ad Sales (TechCrunch)
PaperG has announced that its technology will be released in over 100 of Patch’s markets, enabling Patch sales teams access instant ad creation, management, and optimization for their litany of local advertisers…

Groupon Founders Will Control Majority Stake Even After IPO (AllThingsD)
Groupon has conducted a two-for-one stock split and recapitalized all of its outstanding shares into newly issued shares of Class A and B stock. CEO Andrew Mason, Executive Chairman Eric Lefkofsky and Director Bradley Keywell will now control 58.1 percent of the voting shares…

Street Fight Daily: 11.01.11

David Hirschman

Street Fight Daily: 11.01.11

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups...

Urban Airship’s Partnership With SimpleGeo Turns Into An Acquisition (TechCrunch)
SimpleGeo has been acquired by Urban Airship for approximately $3.5 million. In July, the two companies formed a strategic partnership which was intended to provide better ways for developers to offer location-aware push notifications in their applications…

Groupon’s Product Expansion Masks Decline in Core Local Deals Business (Yipit Blog)
Groupon grew 8% in North American from Q2 to Q3 because of the new products it launched, but its core local deals business actually dropped 3%…

Street Fight Daily: 08.23.11

David Hirschman

Street Fight Daily: 08.23.11

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups...

Placecast’s ShopAlerts service, which delivers retailer and merchant offers and discounts to consumers via their mobile phones, has announced its integration with mobile smartphone apps. (TechCrunch)…

With millions of Americans carrying GPS-enabled smartphones around all day, mobile marketers dream of using their locations to serve them targeted ads. But recent studies show that consumers and advertisers aren’t yet ready for location-based advertising to take over our touchscreens. (Poynter)…

Street Fight Daily: 07.28.11

David Hirschman

Street Fight Daily: 07.28.11

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups.

Google is trying to keep abreast with Groupon in the mobile e-commerce wars and Tuesday released an update to its Google Shopper for iPhone app that appears to be going straight after the daily deals service mobile location push, Groupon Now. (ReadWriteWeb)…

When Groupon filed IPO documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission in June, its use of certain financial accounting metrics raised eyebrows. Now, regulators are prolonging the company’s pre-IPO review over concerns about the metrics, specifically “gross profit” and “consolidated segment operating income.” (PaidContent)…

Street Fight Daily: 04.22.11

David Hirschman

Street Fight Daily: 04.22.11

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups.

Google Offers, the company’s long-awaited response to Groupon, has gone live with a signup for beta program in Portland, Oregon. The service promises “50% off or more at places you’ll love.” (Mashable)…

According to a survey conducted last month by Harris Interactive, 10 percent of the American adult population or approximately 23 million people purchased deals from sites like Groupon and LivingSocial last year. (Daily Deal Media)…

Groupon has hired Margo Georgiadis, a vice president of global sales operations at Google, to be its new chief operating officer. (NYT/Dealbook)…

Street Fight Daily: 04.20.11

David Hirschman

Street Fight Daily: 04.20.11

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups.

The activity in Foursquare gives local merchants special insight behind the check-in in order to improve customer relationships, such as understanding who these people are, how often they visit, where else do they go, do they come in with certain friends,” says CEO Dennis Crowley. (Fast Company)…

A new report from Borrell Associates has found that online employment want ads have become a $5 billion business, representing nearly 15% of all online advertising. (NetNewsCheck)…

Curbed, the online real estate news blog, and Eater, a sister publication which focuses on the “latest restaurant openings, chef squabbles, and industry gossip,” opened for business yesterday in Seattle. The city has long been a center of hyperlocal news experimentation. (GeekWire)…