LBMA Podcast: Timehop, AudioVox and Factual’s Tyler Bell

In this week’s episode, YFind is acquired by Ruckus Wireless; Weston Expressions launches Linkett to connect smartphones with dumb screens; Cineplex expands their out-of-home reach by acquiring EK3 Technologies; Timehop raises $3 million; Imersia brings Epic to life in New Zealand; Garmin brings HUD to the dashboard; and AudioVox partners with AT&T for on-board auto diagnostics…

Hyperlocal Industry Leaders to Gather in NYC on Oct. 24-25

Street Fight, the leading voice of the hyperlocal industry, will host its third annual Street Fight Summit in New York in October, bringing together decision makers and influencers from key areas of local marketing and commerce. Topics will focus on the most dynamic areas of hyperlocal, such as indoor targeting, mobile payments, hyperlocal advertising models, and local commerce strategies…

With New Products, Factual Aims to Make ‘Big Data’ Smaller

After five years of ingesting, cleaning and packaging the world’s information, the startup is focusing exclusively on local, improving its geo-fencing product and moving up the data stack to build out a location analytics business. The company announced this morning that it has launched a new line of services aimed at helping mobile developers, publishers, and marketers make sense of the reams of location data collected from consumers…

The NSA’s PRISM Revelations and Hyperlocal Targeting

Hyperlocal companies rely on the data that consumers knowingly share in order to build profiles and serve them with the most relevant information — but would consumers still assent to this sharing if they truly understood everything that is being done with their digital data?

Street Fight Daily: Yahoo Talks ‘Localization,’ Smartphone Adoption Reaches Majority

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Checking Into Foursquare? Yahoo’s CFO Talks About Next Mobile M&A — Including Importance of “Localization.” (AllThingsD)… Pew: 61 Percent In US Now Have Smartphones (MarketingLand)… Yelp Eyes Shopping On Site (SocialTimes)…

With Disparate Data, Factual Founder Sees Opportunity

In a fireside chat with Marketing Evolution CEO Rex Briggs at Street Fight Summit West Tuesday, Gil Elbaz, chief executive at Factual, the location data company, said there’s a massive opportunity for startups to help digest and analyze the massive amount of data coming from mobile devices. The challenge, says Elbaz, is folding additional information into location data to help better understand the context of the user…

Street Fight Daily: LivingSocial a ‘Stronger’ Company, Factual Founder’s Past

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.LivingSocial a ‘Better, Stronger’ Company, Says Grotech’s Don Rainey (Washington Business Journal)… Why The Man Who Already Changed The Internet Forever Is Trying To Do It Again (Business Insider)… 5 Reasons Foursquare Is Losing The Social Local Mobile Revolution (ReadWrite)…

Street Fight Daily: SMB Spend Still Offline, Factual and TripAdvisor Hook Up

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Small Business Web Ad Dollars: Still Way Too Small (AllThingsD)… Factual and TripAdvisor to Scratch Each Other’s Backs With Global Restaurant Data Partnership (PandoDaily)… Uncovering the Buffett Equation for Newspaper Survivability (Ebyline)…

#SFSNYC: Solving the Local Data Problem

“The job of getting local data right, much less international data, is bigger than any one company,” said Tyler Bell, VP of product at Factual, during an afternoon panel discussion at the Street Fight Summit.

5 Analytics Platforms For Better Hyperlocal Ad Targeting

Location analytics platforms can be just as useful for developers and publishers as they are for major brands and agencies. In fact, these platforms can be a useful tool for just about anyone who’s looking to gather more inside data about their audience or the audiences they’re trying to reach through mobile ads. Here are five location analytics platforms that brands, marketers, and developers can use to learn more about their target consumers…

Data That Thinks ‘Big,’ But Acts Local

Local media is increasingly colliding with the emerging super-sector known as “Big Data.” This will define the “mobile+local” promise we keep hearing about — that location targeted ads will boost relevance, performance and thus monetiztion. But one thing often missing from the discussion is what the heck we mean by “location targeted?”

Who’s Hiring: New Hyperlocal Jobs Posted at Factual, SCVNGR and More

Street Fight’s job listings board, powered by StartUpHire, has added listings within the past few weeks. The board hosts multiple listings in operations, sales and tech, from companies such as Mashery, Factual, Loopt, OneSpot, Yipit, JiWire, Half-Off Depot, Inc., EveryScape, SCVNGR and Poggled. Below, we examine the newest hirers.

Factual Adds Monetization Capability With New API

Factual has added engagement and monetization capabilities to its set of local data tools with the release of a new Monetize API. The API enables developers to snap deals and other engagement tools like restaurant reservations to any business in a developer’s local dataset, and share in the revenues generated from conversions…

Who’s Hiring: Hyperlocal Jobs at Factual, Yipit, Mashery and More

Street Fight’s new hyperlocal job listings board, powered by StartUpHire is Exhibit A in the hyperlocal hiring trend. Several companies have multiple listings in operations, sales and tech, including Mashery, Factual, Loopt, OneSpot, Yipit, JiWire, Half-Off Depot, Inc., and EveryScape. The most aggressive prospective employers are Mashery with nine openings; Factual, eight openings; and Loopt, eight openings. Following is a more detailed look at the notable hirers.

Factual Adds Context to Location With New API

Factual has added deeper analytics to its compendium of location data services with the release of its new Geopulse API this morning. The API enables developers to retrieve contextual information — commercial profiles and density scores as well as demographic indicators like age, gender, and median income — for a given location across Factual’s 50-country reach.

Street Fight Daily: Groupon Buys FeeFighters, Howard Owens on Paywalls

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

Groupon Acquires FeeFighters, the BillShrink for Business Services (TechCrunch)…

Paywalls Create Opportunities for Local News Entrepreneurs (howardowens.com)…

You Say ‘SoLoMo,’ I Say, ‘I Hate My Life’ (TechCrunch)…

Comparing the Pros and Cons of 5 Top Location APIs

With the rise of location-based services and apps, the availability of geo-specific data has grown more important than ever. With the recent sale and shuttering of SimpleGeo, a start-up that was beginning to turn heads in the geo-data field, many are wondering where to go for the location data they need. Here are five major services offering similar types of location data feeds…

Street Fight Daily: 12.16.11

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

Consumers Not Turning to Social Media Sites for Local Business Info (Mashable)…

With Factual, 1 API Now Unlocks Data for 55 Million Places (GigaOm)…

Patch Salesperson Says Company Is Quietly Letting People Go (Business Insider)…

Street Fight Daily: 10.25.11

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

Hyperlocal task/errand site Zaarly has announced that it raised $14.1 million in financing, and that the company is gaining Meg Whitman as a board member. The site works by letting people post requests for an item or service, and then lets other people, businesses and companies bid to fulfill those needs. (New York Times/Bits)…

Stocks columnist Herb Greenberg looks at Groupon’s numbers, determining that the company is “technically insolvent.” (CNBC)…

Managing the Data Infrastructure Behind Hyperlocal

As more and more location-based apps and services pop up, one of the major issues that developers at these companies face is the need for accurate, updated, geo-coded information about all of the businesses out there. Data provider Factual is kind of a clearinghouse for the data sets that these developers need…