Street Fight Daily: Mobile Soars in Q1, Nokia’s Shopping Spree Continues

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A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology

mobile-phone-map-searchNearly $12B In Q1 Ad Revs, Mobile Likely Above 20 Percent (MarketingLand)
The IAB has released topline digital ad revenues for Q1 2014 in the U.S .market.The trade group said that revenue hit $11.6 billion, representing 19 percent growth over last year’s $9.8 billion in Q1. Mobile grew from 9 percent of total digital revenues in 2012 to 17 percent in 2013.

To Wait or Wait Not: The Changing Dynamics of Eating Out (Street Fight)
Steven Jacobs: A growing number of New York City’s most popular eateries have decided to eschew reservations, in yet another example of how local technology is affecting the restaurant industry. Now startup NoWait has developed an app to improve the waitlist experience for both restaurants and diners.

Nokia’s Here Buys Medio Systems To Push More Personalised Location Services (TechCrunch)
Less than two weeks after buying natural language startup Desti, Nokia’s mapping division Here is announcing another acquisition to enhance its service: it is buying Medio Systems, a specialist in predictive analytics that Nokia will use to give users of its location-based services more personalised results and maps.

GoDaddy Financial Metrics Flatter Ahead of IPO (Financial Times)
GoDaddy has found a new way to turn heads on Wall Street: customized financial metrics that show off its business performance in a flattering light. The company has added back a number of costs, including fees paid to the private equity firms that are among its biggest investors, to the earnings measure it wants to be judged on.

California Threatens To Shut Down Uber, Lyft, Sidecar Over Airport Rides (Forbes)
The California Public Utilities Commission warned Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and other car app companies in a stern letter this week that they are not allowed to take riders to or from any airport in the state. Riders, now accustomed to booking rides through an app to get around a city, want to be able to get to or from an airport in the same way.

What Your Grocery Store Might Look Like in 2025: Different at Night (AdAge)
Picture this: A grocery store with shifting walls that transforms into a restaurant at night and a farmers market on Saturday mornings. It could happen by as soon as 2025, according to a new exhibit that seeks to predict food retail trends for the next 10 years.

Handicapping an Amazon Local Marketplace (Screenwerk)
Greg Sterling: The Amazon Local deals marketplace lays the consumer foundation for a broader “Amazon Local” offering that could turn it into a much more direct competitor of Google and others. Amazon could relatively easily expand the scope of and use cases for Amazon Local. The real challenge would be engaging business owners and gaining SMB ad sales.

The Notification Knows Where You Are: Breaking News Debuts News Alerts Tied to Your Location (Nieman Journalism Lab)
In the quest for smarter news notifications, NBC News Digital’s Breaking News app will now send alerts specific to where readers — and their phones — are located. The service is releasing a new feature called proximity alerts that will allows readers to receive breaking news based on their location.

LBMA Podcast: Mobile News at Apple’s WWDC, Thinknear’s Location Score (Street Fight)
Top stories of the week include Brian Eno’s new acid trip, Hoxton Analytics profiles based on the shoes you wear, Prexter’s location-based app marketplace, AT&T tracks overseas customers, Floow2 Uber-fies farm equipment, Coca-Cola brings college students together, Yext raises $50M, Uber raises $1.2B and Verizon’s Run

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