TripAdvisor Acquires Social Mapping Service CityMaps

TripAdvisor has announced the acquisition of New York-based social mapping startup CityMaps. The company launched in 2010 as map-based aggregator of third-party data and later evolved into a navigational tool and guide for travelers. TripAdvisor spokesman said the company will continue to operate as a standalone business.

Openings and New Hires at Citymaps, Indochino, and Urgent.ly

Every two weeks, Geoff Michener covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. In this week’s column, Citymaps brings on ex-Nokia HERE CEO as executive chairman, made-to-measure menswear company Indochino appoints a new CEO, and Urgent.ly beefs up with a strategic sales hire.

Street Fight Daily: Yelp and OpenTable End Partnership, Google’s Plans For Accelerated Mobile Pages

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Yelp, OpenTable Part Ways amid Heightened Competition (Reuters)… Inside Google’s Plan to Speed Up the Mobile Web (Poynter)… DoorDash Partners with b8ta for On-Demand Tech Gadget Delivery (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Daily: DoorDash Raises $20M, Mobile’s Impact on Google

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… DoorDash Raises $40 Million for On-Demand Delivery (Recode)… Mobile Alters Landscape Where Google Operates (WSJ)… Facebook and Twitter Will Take 33% Share of US Digital Display Market by 2017 (eMarketer)

Street Fight Daily: Google Adds Paid App Search, Ford Eyes On-Demand

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Google Brings Ads to the Google Play Store (Recode)… Ford Is Experimenting With Its Own Uber-like App — And A Vehicle To Go With It (Washington Post)… Ford Is Experimenting With Its Own Uber-like App — And A Vehicle To Go With It (Washington Post)…

Street Fight Daily: Layoffs at Gannett, OpenTable Buys Rezbook

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology…. More Than 150 Layoffs at Gannett (Gannett Blog)… OpenTable Buys Rezbook, Teams Up With Urbanspoon (San Francisco Business Times)… Wall Street Gives Yelp Five-Star Review as Stock Soars 23 Percent (AllThingsD

Street Fight Daily: OpenTable Tests Payments, New Life for EveryBlock

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyOpenTable Begins Testing Mobile Payments (New York Times)… Five Months After Everyblock Shuts Down, A Media Company Revives The Product (PBS Media Shift)…
Groupon’s Restaurant Reservation Service Goes Mobile (Mashable)…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Hits 18M SMBs, eBay Tests Local Marketplace

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologySecond Quarter Reveals Facebook’s Big Push for Local(Wall Street Journal)… eBay Is Testing A New Local Service Provider Marketplace In The UK (MarketingLand)… Angie’s List 2nd-Quarter Loss Narrows (Bloomberg Businessweek)…

Does the ‘Arms Race’ Over Mapping Tech Benefit the Local Consumer?

As the consumer’s relationship with local information has shifted from search to discovery, so has their relationship with maps. The question for Google and Apple is whether 3D mapping is an innovation built to sustain, or disrupt, the search-based local web that Google envisioned when it launched Maps in 2005…

Street Fight Daily: NYT Ends ‘Local’ Experiment, Patch Pressure

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.‘Times’ Will End Partnerships with N.Y.U., CUNY on Hyperlocal Blogs (Capital New York)… Patch Puts Pressure on Local Editors (Romenesko) … Groupon China Venture To Merge With Tencent-Backed FTuan (Bloomberg)…

CityMaps Expands to Boston, Continues Move Toward Customization

Even before CityMaps expanded from a Web-only beta to mobile in mid-March, developers behind the social maps provider expressed a desire to excel not only in search, but also browsing. With the updated website and version 2.0 of its iOS application released earlier this morning, the company has continued toward that goal, adding featured maps, new Discovery Bar functions and mobile directional navigation…

Selling a City to Tourists Via Hyperlocal

There is an emerging opportunity for cities to subsidize hyperlocal marketing efforts through hyperlocal platforms. For example, a city agency could create a neighborhood-based promotion on top of mobile payment play LevelUp in which a visitor who shared that they say, ate lunch at a traditional tourist destination, could win a promotion to receive a free round trip train fare to a peripheral neighborhood if they ate dinner at a restaurant in the neighborhood…

Street Fight Daily: Groupon Scheduler, $2.5M Funding for CityMaps

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups...

CityMaps Nabs $2.5M To Render Your City Social, One Block At A Time (TechCrunch)…

Groupon Scheduler Rolls Out in Beta as Part of Larger Tech Ambitions (AllThingsD)…

How Community News is Faring (Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism)…

CityMaps Releases Mobile App, Wants to Be Kayak for Places Info

After spending three months in a web-only beta, social mapping service CityMaps is making its move to mobile. The New York-based company has released its first mobile app on iOS this morning and has announced its expansion to San Francisco and Austin. The service is essentially a Kayak for local information, aggregating local signals from sites like Yelp, Twitter, and Foursquare as well as commerce companies like OpenTable, Fandango, and handful of daily deal sites…

Street Fight Daily: 02.13.12

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups...

Groupon Adds ‘Thumbs Up’ Feedback on Deals (Bloomberg)…

Foursquare and NFC: How the Two Can Help Each Other (GigaOm)…

How NPR Drove Traffic to a Local Station by Geotargeting Stories on Facebook (Nieman Lab)…

Aggregating Information From the Urban Landscape, Business by Business

Street Fight recently caught up with with CityMaps co-founder and president Aaron Rudenstine to learn more about how the service differentiates itself from classic mapping sites, and why aggregating traditional place information against the social graph is so valuable.

Street Fight Daily: 12.08.11

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups...

LivingSocial Closes Nearly Half of a $400 Million Round to Delay IPO (AllThingsD)…

Big Ad Money Shifting to Promotions — And Away From Media (PoMo Blog)…

CityMaps Shows Where Businesses Are, Block by Block (New York Times)…