A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups.
News Futurists DNAinfo Expanding to NYC’s Outer Boroughs and Chicago (New York Observer)
DNAinfo, a neighborhood-centric Manhattan news start-up, will expand to all five boroughs in early 2012. After rolling across New York City, the company will begin national expansion, starting in Chicago and hiring about 30 reporters total.
Rumor: LivingSocial & Groupon Looking to Acquire SCVNGR (BostInnovation)
Gregory Gomer: For the past few weeks, we have heard rumblings that both LivingSocial and Groupon are interested in acquiring SCVNGR, and that the options are currently being evaluated by SCVNGR’s top level execs and board of directors.
BiteHunter Raises $800K For Real-Time Dining Deals (TechCrunch)
The new round of funding will be used to provide additional resources for the development of new features, an expansion to other platforms, and ongoing maintenance of BiteHunter’s deals database.
What Are You Doing This Weekend? Hotlist Wants To Help You Decide (Mashable)
Hotlist has created a planning dashboard that tells users what their friends are planning to do, what events are going on nearby and what the crowds at those events will look like. Unlike the beta version that launched early this year, it also includes a tool that helps groups coordinate a place and time to meet without excessive messaging.
PublicStuff Is a Community Help Line in the Cloud (Business Insider)
PublicStuff, a New York-Based startup founded by Lily Liu, is a platform for submitting requests in your city in the cloud; it utilizes social-media so tickets can be filed and tracked in real-time.
Flash Sales Powerhouse Vente-Privee Launches in the U.S. (Mashable)
Vente-Privee, the 10-year-old French company credited with developing the luxury flash sales model adapted by Gilt Groupe and others in the U.S., arrived stateside Wednesday. The launch comes less than 24 hours after Gilt.com announced that it would begin shipping worldwide.