A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…
Amazon Is Blowing Away Competitors on Mobile (Business Insider)
Mobile visitors spent an average of 103 minutes on Amazon compared to Target’s 20 minutes and Walmart’s 14 minutes. On top of that, Amazon’s mobile service is proving to be sticky, causing customers to return six times a month, compared to 2.5 times for Walmart and two times for Target.
Tribune Publishing Becomes Tronc to Reflect Strategic Pivot (Poynter)
Tribune Publishing, the publisher of the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and eight other major daily newspapers, announced on Thursday it’s changing its name to “Tronc” to better reflect the company’s emphasis on artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Can Local Tech Make Dining Out ‘Seamless, Tailored and Magical?’ (Street Fight)
Nowait CEO Ware Sykes, who will be a speaker at Street Fight Summit West next week in San Francisco, spoke with us recently about about how technology is rethinking the conventions of dining out for both customers and restaurateurs.
Ericsson: IoT Connections Will Crush Mobile by 2018 (ReadWrite)
Internet of Things (IoT) connections will surpass mobile by 2018, according to communications giant Ericsson. In the firm’s annual Mobility Report, it said IoT connections will climb by 23 percent annually for the next five years, hitting 16 billion in 2021.
Openings and New Hires at Yext, Advice Local, Verve, and Cuebiq (Street Fight)
Every two weeks, Geoff Michener covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. This week’s edition includes moves and new openings at Sightly, TapClicks and Modcloth.
Snapchat Has More Daily Users Than Twitter, and What That Means for the News (Nieman Lab)
As young people flock to Snapchat, news outlets are trying to showcase news on the platform both as live stories and in Discover, where nearly 20 outlets publish unique content exclusive to Snapchat. Digiday reported Wednesday that Snapchat is set to launch a redesign of its Discover section to try and boost the number of users who use Discover.
Raise Report: Fresh Funding for Uber, Gett, Spredfast (Street Fight)
Every two weeks, we round up some of the biggest fundraises taking place in hyperlocal marketing, commerce, and tech. This week’s selection includes new funding for Metadata, Front, Chef’d, and SevenFifty.
Walmart is Testing Last-Mile Grocery Delivery Via Uber, Lyft, and Deliv (TechCrunch)
Walmart and Sam’s Club will begin testing last-mile grocery delivery that uses services including Uber, Lyft and Deliv to bring customers’ orders to their homes. The announcement is being made at Walmart’s annual shareholders week in Arkansas and comes following the launch of a similar pilot program in Miami in March.
No Warrant is Needed to Get Your Phone’s Location Data, U.S. Appeals Court Rules (Boing Boing)
In a major blow to security and privacy advocates, a U.S. appeals court on Tuesday ruled that police don’t have to have a warrant to obtain your cellphone location data. The ruling means that in America, you have zero expectation of privacy over the historical location data generated by your cell phone.
Google Offers to Help Small Businesses with Mobile Website Stress Test (AdWeek)
Google says it wants to help small businesses know if their mobile websites are good enough. Thursday, the company introduced a way for small businesses to test their websites’ ability to perform across devices.
Facebook Kills Off Notify News App (TechCrunch)
Facebook’s attempt at a real-time, notification-based news app is shutting down. Today Facebook sent an alert to users telling them “Thanks for using Notify. We’re transitioning parts of Notify into other Facebook products, and the app will no longer be supported.”