A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups.
Google announced Friday that its “News Near You” product, tied into Google News, will be available from Android and iPhones browsers. If you visit Google News from your phone it will prompt you for location and ask for news categories that interest you. (ReadWriteWeb)
There’s no doubt that the future of eBay is based on both online to offline purchases, local and mobile commerce. But as retail evolves, it will be interesting to see if the company can connect the dots with all these acquisitions and technologies to create a powerhouse in mobile and local commerce. (TechCrunch)
Gowalla’s story has been defined by a tech press fixated on a Foursquare-Gowalla rivalry that may be non-existent. Two years post launch, the startup can no longer allow this to continue, writes Jennifer Van Grove, lest it get prematurely branded a loser and forgotten by the media altogether. (Mashable)
Voucher resellers have begun to dot the daily deal landscape and it seems a logical progression in the evolution of a growing industry. The sites allow users to resell those vouchers they’ve decided they don’t need or won’t have time to use. (Daily Deal Media)
LivingSocial CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy explains how the his company is different from Groupon — and why LivingSocial is on track to dominate the market. (Business Insider)
Groupon is becoming a consumer brand, not a social network or search engine that offers deals as another revenue play. Its main asset is its compelling and generally beneficent position as a consumer savings portal. (Daily Deal Media)
This is one largely technical reason why some newspapers haven’t been able to take advantage of location so far. Most “content management systems” that news entities use simply don’t make it easy to tag things with a location. (GigaOm)