A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.
In Wake of Journatic, Tribune Reduces Number of TribLocal Editions (Crain’s Chicago Business)
The Chicago Tribune has reduced the number of TribLocal weekly inserts it’s publishing in the wake of suspending the contractor, Journatic LLC, that had been producing the suburban sect. The city’s largest newspaper had 22 separate TribLocal print editions for the suburbs in the past, but recently cut that number by about half, at least temporarily, according to sources familiar with the move.
Yelp Expands into Asia With Singapore Launch (CNet)
Review aggregator Yelp has arrived in Singapore, giving consumers in the city-state another online venue to express their opinions on local businesses and services. Singapore, however, is Yelp’s first foray into Asia, where it will face local competitors such as HungryGoWhere.
UBL Going After Huge Offline Co-op Ad Budgets (Poynter)
In any local market, the dozens or hundreds of available news websites make up a news ecosystem. New research published today looks in-depth at those relationships in one sample market (Chicago) by analyzing and mapping the connections between more than 300 websites that make up the core of the ecosystem.
Apple Maps In iOS 6: What Happens When You Take A Step Back With User Experience? (TechCrunch)
Maps will be something Apple users aren’t used to: a significant backslide in a core element of a product that people have come to understand how to use naturally and without much thought. It’s not insignificant – it changes fundamentally the process of getting directions, especially for those who use public transit, and not for the better.
Google Glass and the Future of Technology (New York Times)
The biggest triumph — and to me, the biggest surprise — is that the tiny screen is completely invisible when you’re talking or driving or reading. You just forget about it completely. There’s nothing at all between your eyes and whatever, or whomever, you’re looking at.