Street Fight Daily: Yelp Buys Qype, SMBs Warm to Facebook

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Yelp Buys Website Qype for $50 Million to Grow in Europe (Bloomberg Businessweek)… Local Businesses Start Warming Up To Facebook Ads: 300K Tried Promoted Posts, 75K Were New Advertisers (TechCrunch)… Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Preparing for an Online Christmas (AllThingsD)…

SFD: DNAinfo.com Heads to Chicago, Slow Adoption of Mobile Payments

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology...

Hyperlocal News Site DNAinfo.com Readies November Launch in Chicago (Crain’s Chicago Business)…

Mobile Payments: A Solution in Search of a Problem? (CNET)…

Google’s Woes Show Mobile Isn’t Just a Facebook Problem (Wired)…

Street Fight Daily: Ebay Tests Deals, CitySearch Announces Layoffs

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.EBay tests deals on services, takes on Groupon (Reuters)… Shrink To Grow: Citysearch And Urbanspoon Parent Company CityGrid Lays Off 15% Of Its Employees (TechCrunch)… DNAinfo, In Bid to Raise Profile Among Local Advertisers, Starts ‘Small Business Insider’ (Capital New York)…

Small Biz Owners Voice Marketing Concerns at NYC Conference

At a conference yesterday in New York intended to educate local business owners about online marketing, a variety of merchants voiced their concerns about the number of marketing options available, and some talked about their different experiences with Yelp.

Street Fight Daily: DNAinfo Preps Expansion, Google Rethinks Local Discovery

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Joe Ricketts ready to launch DNAinfo in Chicago (Chicago Business Journal)… A New Google App Gives You Local Information — Before You Ask for It (New York Times)… Amazon Could Be Working On A Square Competitor (TechCrunch)…

5 Ways Hyperlocal News Sites Can Use Social Media to Drive Engagement

Social media is a powerful and necessary tool for hyperlocal publications to engage with their readers and promote their work. In small communities, it can be a vital conduit to reach local people, build traffic, and provide value for advertisers. Here are five tips from hyperlocal publishers on how to increase a site’s social media presence…

DNAinfo Expands — As Does NYC’s Rep as Hyperlocal Incubator

With its expansion, DNAinfo joins a new class of hyperlocal companies — led by tech startups like Foursquare — that were spawned in New York City and now are in the process of scaling their products into other markets. New York (and Manhattan in particular) has become a hotbed of hyperlocal activity in recent years…

As NYC Metros Cut Back, Hyperlocals Fill the News Hole

Lights have been going out in newsrooms of New York City’s metro newspapers for more than a decade. But while traditional newsrooms darken, new hyperlocal sites in neighborhoods throughout the city are eagerly shining light on the city’s eight million stories…

Street Fight Daily: 11.10.11

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

News Futurists DNAinfo Expanding to NYC’s Outer Boroughs and Chicago (New York Observer)
DNAinfo, a neighborhood-centric Manhattan news start-up, will expand to all five boroughs in early 2012. After rolling across New York City, the company will begin national expansion, starting in Chicago and hiring about 30 reporters total…

Rumor: LivingSocial & Groupon Looking to Acquire SCVNGR (BostInnovation)
Gregory Gomer: For the past few weeks, we have heard rumblings that both LivingSocial and Groupon are interested in acquiring SCVNGR, and that the options are currently being evaluated by SCVNGR’s top level execs and board of directors…

Selected Directory of Hyperlocal Publications in NYC

 PUBLICATION CATEGORY M.O. Bay Ridge Journal Neighborhood. Heavy on press releases and second-hand crime stories. Bensonhurst Bean Neighborhood. Recently created by Ned Berke, founder/editor/publisher of SheepsheadBites, site relies heavily on Huffington Post-style re-purposing of content originated by other publications. Bikeblog Specialty site. Founder Michael Green, a film maker who sees the bike as “humankind’s greatest […]

Street Fight Daily: 07.25.11

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

Conquering “local” remains one of the largest opportunities on the Internet today, and it seems as though Twitter’s unique position has gone largely unnoticed, writes Victor Wong of PaperG. “If Twitter chose to focus more on location, higher user engagement and even monetization would likely follow.” (TechCrunch)…

OpenTable, the restaurant reservation Web site, will offer 30 percent off some dinner reservations through a new partnership with Savored, a start-up that offers daily deals for high-end restaurants. (New York Times/Bits)…