Street Fight Daily: Google Eyes Softcard, Lyft Seeks Mega-Funding

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyGoogle Is In Talks With Mobile Payments Company Softcard (TechCrunch)… Lyft Seeking New Mega-Funding to Battle Uber (Recode)… Are Facebook And Yelp Losing The Support Of Small Businesses? (Pando)…

Street Fight Daily: Amazon Launches Grubhub Competitor, On-Demand and Google

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Amazon Has Launched A GrubHub Rival For Food Takeout & Delivery (TechCrunch)… Apple Mass Transit System For Maps Detailed In New Patent (Apple Insider)… Uber Saw a Small Dip in Growth During Its Bad Press Week (Recode)…

Why Apple Maps Is Partnering With Local Search Companies

Last week, after I uncovered that Apple Maps had cut deals with at least ten new companies (including Yext, Location3, Yodle, et cetera) to provide business listings data, I got a few emails asking what the big deal was. Here’s what I see is going on…

Street Fight Daily: Retailers Embrace Showrooming, Pinterest Pins Main Street

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.Retailers Seek Partners in Social Networks (New York Times)… Pinterest Piques Interest On The High Street (Financial Times)… Surprise: Everyone Hates Working for the 22-Year-Old’s Mystery Startup (Gawker)…

Street Fight Daily: How Google Maps Lost, Groupon’s Risky Initiative

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyApple Maps: How Google Lost When Everyone Thought It Had Won (Guardian)… The Risky Groupon Initiative That Beat Back LivingSocial Perhaps Once and for All (AllThingsD)… American Express Teams Up With Mightybell To Connect Small Businesses With Each Other Locally (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Daily: Groupon Bolsters Events, nCrowd’s Acquisition Spree Continues

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyGroupon Bolsters its Offerings With SideTour Deal (Wall Street Journal)… Still Clinging To The Daily Deals Dream? One (Very Active) Buyer Temains (PandoDaily)… Why Consumer Reports Says You Can’t Trust Angie’s List (Forbes)…

What’s Apple’s Mapping Shopping Spree Really About?

Moreso than the features, Apple’s post-Mapgate acquisitions are all about what’s behind the scenes in this age of big data. This goes back to what a lot of people don’t realize about Apple Maps: it’s is actually a pretty slick mapping tool. But what it has in dazzle, it lacks data; things like place listings, navigation and public transit…

Street Fight Daily: Food Delivery Merger Stirs Concerns, Apple Beefs Up Maps

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyFood Delivery Merger Stirs Concerns (Wall Street Journal)… Apple Beefing Up Maps With Crowdsourcing, “Ground Truth” Hires (Apple Insider)… UrbanSpoon To Focus On Quality Restaurant Reviews After Selling Rezbook To OpenTable (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Daily: eBay To Expand Same-Day Delivery, Print Revenues Weigh on Gannett

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology…. With Amazon in Its Crosshairs, eBay to Launch Same-Day Delivery for eBay.com Purchases by Year’s End (AllThingsD)… Decline In Newspaper Advertising Weighs On Gannett Results (Reuters)… Small Businesses Shirk Advertising (AdAge)…

How Local Search Looks to the Rest of Us

It seems like many recent conversations, webinars, articles, and studies have pointed to the same conclusion: local search as an industry is insufficiently aware of how its products are actually used by consumers and small businesses. Many of the solutions put forward by consumer-facing local publishers and by business-facing services overestimate our appetite for new products and the amount of time and energy we want to spend using online tools…

Street Fight Daily: Google Expands Local Delivery, Hiring in Hyperlocal

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Google Starts Testing Google Shopping Express In SF, With Free Delivery From Target, Walgreens, Staples And More (TechCrunch)… Apple Hiring ‘Ground Truth’ Managers To Improve Maps (Search Engine Land)… Did Poor Collaboration Lead To The Termination Of NYU’s Blog With The New York Times? (NYU Local)…

Street Fight Daily: Life After Patch, What Really Happened at LivingSocial?

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Life After Patch.com: A Newspaper Editor Returns To Newsprint (The Awl)… What Really Happened at LivingSocial? (Fortune)… The Newsonomics of The Boston Globe Sale (Nieman Journalism Lab)…

Fragmentation in the Device Landscape and What It Might Mean for Local

We know that the great mobile shift has arrived. This does not mean the end of the laptop era entirely, as any user of processor-intensive software like Photoshop knows. But it does mean that we are using our devices in ways that have become heavily context dependent…

Facebook Nearby and the Mobilization of Local

At long last, Facebook has made a serious move in the local space, and Nearby now recommends local businesses based on your friends’ likes and check-ins as well as your proximity to general business listings. I can’t think of a better or a more timely summation of what’s happened in local search during the past year…

Street Fight Daily: Patch Editors Anticipate Cuts, Foursquare Opens Data

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Patch Editors Say Staff and Budgets are Being Cut in 2013 (Romenesko)… Foursquare to Make Full Names Public and Share More Check-ins with Businesses (The Verge)… Foursquare to Make Full Names Public and Share More Check-ins with Businesses (The Verge)… Mobile’s Path to Glory (The Wall Street Journal)…

Street Fight Daily: Foursquare Responds, Apple Exposes Passbook

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Foursquare Responds To Facebook Nearby By Tapping Facebook’s Friend Graph (Search Engine Land)… Apple files for Patent Passbook’s Digital Coupon Feature, Hints at NFC (The New York Times)… How Google Maps May Have Actually Helped Apple (GigaOm)…

Street Fight Daily: VeriFone Kills Square Competitor, FTC Probe Nears End

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.VeriFone Gives Up Competing Head-on with Square (GigaOm)… Deal Near on Google Antitrust Probe? (Politico)… With $8M In Seed Funding From Founders Fund, Goldman Sachs; Urban Compass Wants To Build A Hyper-Local, Human-Powered Database (TechCrunch)…

Local Mapping Services and the Public Trust

The towering presence of Google in the mapping world today is testament to its success in product development, but this also indicates something else. People don’t just think of maps as a product to be consumed. It seems that we have begun to consider mapping services as a public trust…

Street Fight Daily: Apple Maps ‘Life Threatening,’ Starbucks App for All

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Apple Redraws Maps After Australian Drivers Led Astray in the Bush (The Guardian)… Starbucks Mobile Vets Get $10M for Cardfree Mobile Payments Tool (GigaOm)… Eight Great Location-based Mobile Campaigns from 2012 (Econsultancy)…

Street Fight Daily: Local Mobile Spend Jumps, Foursquare Rethinks Ratings

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Mobile Local Ad Spend to Hit $5.8B in 2016 (NetNewsCheck)… Beyond 5 Stars: Foursquare Looks For A Smarter Way To Rate Businesses(Fast Company)… Groupon’s One-Year Anniversary Feels More Like a Funeral. So What’s Next for Daily Deals? (Venture Beat)…