A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.
Map Wars: Nook Gets Maps, Navigation, Location-Based Services, As Barnes & Noble Battles Google, Apple (Fast Company)
While Google and Apple fight for map dominance, Barnes & Noble has quietly launched OpenStreetMap-based maps and navigation for the Nook–and laid the ground for a host of location-based apps. Barnes & Noble’s decision gives them the edge on Amazon, who opted not to have Google Maps or a third-party map system integrated into the Kindle Fire’s version of Android.
Dennis Crowley, Best Buy Spokesguy (All Things D)
Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley gets plenty of media coverage, including a one-time stint as a Gap model but this is the first time I’ve seen him on TV. “We thought this would be a good opportunity to introduce the all-new foursquare to a large audience,” said Foursquare Spokesperson Erin Gleason in a comment.
It’s Time For eBay To Make A Bid For Groupon (SAI)
Owen Thomas: Here’s a modest proposal: Having turned around eBay, CEO John Donahoe should buy Groupon and turn it around, too. While you wouldn’t think of eBay and Groupon as having much overlap, in a lot of those small-business services, eBay is going to be bumping heads with Groupon more and more.
The Kingdom and the Paywall (NY Mag)
The bottom line for the paywall is more than the bottom line: The Times has taken a do-or-die stand for hard-core, boots-on-the-ground journalism, for earnest civic purpose, for the primacy of content creators over aggregators, and has brought itself back from the precipice. And if that does indeed end up being the case, there’s one unlikely person who deserves most of the credit: Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr.
Three Key Steps to Local Success With Social Media (AdAge)
Clara Shih: In 2012, however, in-store and digital experiences are merging. Increasingly, customers are using smartphones to map out driving directions to the newest stores, to “check in” on foursquare or Facebook Places, and to search for product reviews or coupons while shopping in-store.
Siri is So Aloof; Saga Wants to Get to Know You (GigaOm)
A new app called Saga hit the App Store promising to be a personal assistant that knows what users are up to even if they don’t. It wants to tell users where they’ve been, where they’ll go next and how long it will take to get there.