A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups.
Groupon in Talks to Acquire Clever Sense, the Startup Behind ‘Alfred’ (TechCrunch)
Groupon is in late-stage negotiations to acquire Silicon Valley-based startup Clever Sense. Clever Sense is the company behind Alfred, a popular “butler” app for iPhone that makes restaurant and activity recommendations based on your taste preferences. The company was founded in 2008 and has raised around $1.5 million to date.
Google Isn’t Done With Location, Launches Schemer in Private Beta (The Next Web)
Here’s how the company describes it: “Whether it’s exploring a new city, checking out a friend’s movie recommendations, or just finding new activities for your weekends, Schemer lets you discover new things to do, share schemes with friends, and make the most of your day.”
LevelUp Releases HTML5 Web App To Make Its Payments Solution Ubiquitous (ReadWriteWeb)
LevelUp, the mobile payments wing of location-based gaming startup SCVNGR, has launched a mobile Web app to compliment its Android and iOS apps. LevelUp has been available in San Francisco, Boston, New York and Philadelphia and the Web app should help make it one of the most ubiquitous options for mobile payments available.
AT&T In-App Local Ads Hit 1B Served (NetNewsCheck)
AT&T Interactive’s YP Local Ad Network now serves more than 1 billion mobile local in-app ads monthly, the company announced. Since their launch in April, the YP Local Ad Network has been delivering local ads across the nation to 75 mobile publishers such as Topix, and supply side platforms including AdMarvel and Amobee.
Oink Hits 150,000 Downloads in Just Over a Month (The Next Web)
Oink, the new iOS application from Kevin Rose’s Milk Studio, topped 100,000 downloads in just under three weeks from its launch, adding another 50,000 downloads in 16 days. Rose said that the service now has over 40,000 active users (that have used the app in the past few days).
Merchant Circle SMB Survey: 12% Have Used Deals (Local Onliner)
Twelve percent of small businesses have run a deal, according to a new survey of 2,500 SMBs by Merchant Circle. The survey also found a lot of Facebook ad usage. About 23 percent of local merchants report having tried Facebook Ads to date, which is five percent higher than in June.