A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups.
Dennis Crowley: Every Map Should Have Foursquare Dots on It (Mashable)
At the Mobile World Congress, Foursquare‘s Dennis Crowley threw a huge amount of Foursquare’s plans, ideas and strategies at the audience during his 15-minute opening speech. “We have an immense amount of data. We’re going through this data, and creating recommendations for the world,” he said.
Hyperlocal News Sites Stay Away From Election Endorsements (OJR)
Robert Niles: Endorsements were designed to provide an easily accessible way for part-time readers to catch up on what someone who supposedly is paying attention (and is allegedly neutral) has to say about various candidates. If we’re to leave endorsements behind, I think it’s important for hyperlocal publishers to find other features and tools that allow infrequent readers to get up to speed easily, as well.
Groupon Acquires Travel Search Company Uptake (AllThingsD)
Groupon has acquired the social travel research start-up Uptake. The price of the deal was in the “teens” of millions, and is essentially an “acqhire” for Uptake’s 20-person Palo Alto, Calif.-based team, according to a source familiar with the deal. That’s not a huge win, given that Uptake had raised $14 million from investors including Shasta Ventures and Trinity Ventures.
Facebook Opens Timeline To All Biz Pages, Mandatory After 30 Days Of Curation (TechCrunch)
Facebook Pages around the world can now upgrade to Timeline, allowing businesses to express themselves more visually through a redesign consistent with what was pushed to user profiles this fall. Major new features include the option to pin posts to the top of the feed for one week, and receive and respond to private messages from users.
Tello Raises $2.7 million, Launches a Tool for Businesses (Mashable)
Tello is rolling out a set of tools to allow businesses to get granular data about customer ratings and to respond to those customers in real-time. Tello for Business lets business owners and location managers to get notified when customers rate their employees, and also provides a way for them to open a dialogue with customers through a messaging tool within the app.