A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology
Journatic Worker Takes ‘This American Life’ Inside Outsourced Journalism (Poynter)
“People didn’t think much about the beef they were eating until someone exposed the practice of putting so-called ‘pink slime’ into ground beef,” said Ryan Smith, an Journatic employee, in an email. “Once it came out, the food industry moved quickly to change it. I feel like companies like Journatic are providing the public ‘pink slime’ journalism.”
LivingSocial Experiments With Daily Deals, and It’s Like a Virtual Club Med (All Things D)
LivingSocial took the daily deals business offline four months ago when it opened the doors to a state-of-the art building in Washington, D.C., called 918 F Street. If LivingSocial can replicate the venue across other cities, it could be able to distance itself not only from the stigma of the daily deals business, but also from Groupon, which despite being the category leader, has struggled as a public company.
Mobile Is Where The Growth Is (AVC)
Fred Wilson: There is a significant shift going on this year, much more significant than we saw last year, from web to mobile. Mobile native services like Foursquare & Instagram have the most to gain from this transition. Big feature rich web apps like Facebook and Google have the most to lose from this transition.
With “Connected Apps,” Foursquare Firms Its Position As The Social Network For Places (TechCrunch)
The new framework allows developers to create their own experiences inside Foursquare, which enables them to connect with Foursquare users as events are happening. The result? Foursquare is setting itself up as mobile users’ go-to app for socializing around a location.
Making Location Services Slick & Simple (Inc.)
Serendipity struck at a company Meetup, when Amber Case was introduced to Aaron Parecki, a native son of Portland whose mother had taught him to program at age 6, and who graduated from the University of Oregon with degrees in computer science and graphic design. The company they started, Geoloqi, developed a proprietary technology behind a platform that manages location-based services for enterprises, app developers, and government services.
With Google Now, Android Puts Apple’s Siri To Shame (SAI)
Steve Kovach: “I’ve been using Jelly Bean on a Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 for the last few days and I can say Google Now is a lot more impressive than Siri. Google Now fills in all the gaps left by Siri, and does pretty much everything else a whole lot better. This is how search should work on mobile devices.”