Why One Investor Thinks Foursquare Has a Future in Ad Tech

Add this to the interesting-but-never-going-to-happen suggestion box for Foursquare: ditch the consumer business altogether. Nihal Mehta, a New York-based entrepreneur-turned-investor, thinks that Foursquare might find a bigger business by bailing on its local search ambition to put its algorithm to work as an attribution product for mobile advertising…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook ‘Moves’ Privacy Policy, Nokia Invests in Connected Car

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyAfter Facebook Deal, Moves App Changes Privacy Policy (Wall Street Journal)… Nokia Joins Musk to Google in Investing in Intelligent Cars (Bloomberg)… Retailers Look to Merge Offline and Online Shopping Experiences in 2014 (eMarketer)…

Street Fight Daily: Square Orders Ahead, Airbnb Faces SF Ban

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Square’s New Way to Make Cash: An Order-Ahead Option (Recode)… Airbnb Faces Near-Ban In San Francisco (Huffington Post)… Airbnb Faces Near-Ban In San Francisco (Huffington Post)…

Street Fight Daily: Nokia’s New Chief, New York’s ‘Smart’ Bar Crawl

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Nokia Announces New Strategy and Chief Executive (New York Times)… New York City Bars to Use Apple’s iBeacons for App-Driven ‘Pub Crawl’ Promotion (AppleInsider)… The Decline of Newspapers Hits a Stunning Milestone (Slate)…

Street Fight Daily: LivingSocial Slips Further, Consumers Balk on Mobile Wallets

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… LivingSocial Sales Slip Further (Wall Street Journal)… Few Consumers Are Buying Premise of Mobile Wallets (New York Times)… Airbnb Wants to Be a Travel Agent (Wall Street Journal)…

Street Fight Daily: Reddit Targets Locations, Facebook’s Billion Mobile Users

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.. Reddit Introduces Location-Targeted Promoted Posts (Wall Street Journal)… Facebook Posts Earnings Beat as Mobile Soars Past One Billion Monthly Users (Recode)… Uber Drives for Asian Expansion (Financial Times)…

Street Fight Daily: Airbnb Clashes In Court, DeliveryHero Raises $85M

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyNew York’s Case Against Airbnb Is Argued in Albany (New York Times)… Delivery Hero Gobbles Another $85M To Fuel A Price War With Just-Eat (TechCrunch)… Facebook’s “Nearby Friends” Must Work Against the Historical Failure of People Discovery (GigaOm)…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Plans Mobile Ad Network, Apple Readies Payment Push

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyFacebook Plans Mobile-Ad Network (Wall Street Journal)… Apple Interviewing Job Candidates for Mobile Payments Push (Recode)… Square Denies Report of Potential Sale (USA Today)…

Street Fight Daily: Square Discusses Sale, Facebook’s Local Ads

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyMobile-Payments Startup Square Discusses Possible Sale (Wall Street Journal)… Facebook ‘Nearby Friends’ Will Track Your Location History To Target You With Ads (TechCrunch)… TPG-Led Group Closes $450 Million Investment in Airbnb (Wall Street Journal)…

Street Fight Daily: GoDaddy Moves Ahead With IPO, Mapquest Reboots

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyMapQuest Aims For Reboot With New Content, Partners, UI (SearchEngineLand)… Go Daddy Said to Pick Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan for I.P.O. (New York Times)… Yelp’s Deal With Yahoo Has Small Businesses Crying Foul (Wall Street Journal)…

Street Fight Daily: Google Books Hotels, What’s Next for Square?

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyGoogle Checks In to the Hotel Business (Wall Street Journal)… A Sale or IPO or More Funding? Here’s What Might Be Next for Square (Recode)… Uber’s Threat Finally Hits as Postmates Surges to 10k Deliveries a Week (Pando)

Street Fight Daily: Square Secures Credit, GrubHub Shares Soar

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologySquare Secures Credit in ‘Low Hundreds of Millions’ (CNBC)… GrubHub Shares Surge in Debut (Wall Street Journal)… TPG Said Close to Airbnb Investment After Snags Resolved (Bloomberg)…

Street Fight Daily: More Departures Hit Clinkle, Square Accepts Bitcoin

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology
More Exec Departures Hit Payments Startup Clinkle (Recode)… Square’s Online Marketplace Starts Accepting Bitcoin(GigaOm)… Mobile Q&A App Jelly Now Lets You Ask Location-Based Questions Routed To Nearby Users (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Daily: CBS Outdoor Goes Public, Alibaba Invests in Retail

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyCBS Outdoor Shares Rise in First Day of Trading (Wall Street Journal)… Alibaba Invests $692 million in Chinese Department Store Operator (Reuters)… Uber’s Biggest Problem Isn’t Surge Pricing. What If It’s Sexual Harassment by Drivers? (Daily Beast)…

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Street Fight Daily: Foursquare Ads Tap Twitter, Airbnb Courts Cities

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyFoursquare’s New Ads Tap Twitter And Require $100K Commitment (AdWeek)… Airbnb Cozies up to Cities (Fortune)… Charting the Years-Long Decline of Local News Reporting (Washington Post)…

Street Fight Daily: Instagram Tests Facebook Places, GOP Hails Uber

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyInstagram Testing Facebook Places Integration to Replace Foursquare (Fast Company)… GOP Hails App-Based Taxi Service Uber, Says Regulations Stifle It (Wall Street Journal)… Cloud POS Startup Vend Raises $20M From Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures And Square Peg Capital (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Daily: Clinkle Revealed, Ride-Sharing War Intensifies

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyClinkle Revealed: Here’s What the Embattled Startup Is (And Isn’t) Building (Recode)… Ride-Sharing Price War Intensifies With Lyft’s ‘Happy Hour’ Discount (Wall Street Journal)… LivingSocial to Prioritize Growth Over Profitability, New Chief Revenue Officer Says (Washington Post)…

Street Fight Daily: Airbnb’s Grand Plans, Foursquare’s Recommended Future

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyInside Airbnb’s Grand Hotel Plans (Fast Comapny)… Foursquare CEO: How We’ll Tell You Where To Eat And What To Order (ReadWrite)… Matt Cutts: Google Mobile Queries May Surpass PC Search This Year (SearchEngineLand)…

Street Fight Daily: Yahoo Launches Yelp Help, Retail’s Red Herring

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyYahoo Launches Yelp Help in Search to Better Battle Google: Here’s What It Looks Like (Recode)… New Data Suggests “Showrooming” on Amazon Might Not be Killing Physical Retail After All (Pando)… Google Tests Desktop-to-Mobile Retargeting With Brand Data (AdAge)…

Which Hyperlocal Startup Will Be Next to IPO?

After two years of relative quiet, the hyperlocal industry is once again set to make a splash in the public markets. This year’s class is flush with some of the biggest names in tech, and signals a key shift in the business models that dominate the local technology market today…