A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups.
At the eG8 Forum, Groupon co-founder and CEO Andrew Mason more than once hinted that the company wanted to “unlock the city,” taking Foursquare’s tagline. Groupon seems to be dancing around the issue of mobile. Location-based social networks like Foursquare can be great partners, but they can also be competitors. (Business Insider)
Real estate website Trulia is set to roll out a new feature that will allow users to view crime statistics for 50 metro areas in the U.S. The crime maps are based on data collected from more than 1,000 different sources, aggregated into more than 5 million data points on the maps. (GigaOm)
NBC announced it’s looking to expand on its successful partnership with the non-profit, investigative news site Voice of San Diego to markets beyond California. Its looking for similar set-ups in other markets where the company owns local TV stations. (10,000 Words)
The Boston Globe’s Boston.com has announced the launch of Boston Deals, a service that provides daily deals for area residents. Boston Deals will offer deep discounts on restaurants, beauty and spa establishments, entertainment venues and a number of other retailers. (Daily Deal Media)
Local broadcasters, newspapers and others are among a rapidly growing number of Groupon imitators battling for a piece of the multi-billion dollar daily deal market. For the most part, the local media companies are turning to white-label platform providers so that they can build their own brand in the marketplace and potentially make more money. (NetNewsCheck)
SignPost, an eight person New York-based deals company that has received $1 million of seed funding from Google Ventures and others, is banking on “deal scouts” to originate time-sensitive deals with local merchants and services. (Local Onliner)