Street Fight’s 10 Most Popular Stories From the First Half of 2015

In the local space, the first six months of 2015 brought a deeper emphasis on local commerce and the connected local economy, new partnerships, and consolidation and restructuring at legacy players. Here’s a look back at the top Street Fight stories (at least in terms of traffic) so far this year.

Square Wants to Become a Platform — Here’s Why that Matters For Small Businesses

With millions of small businesses already using its application to process payments, Square needs to navigate through a complex and crowded small business software market to build a platform from which merchants can run their business…

Street Fight Daily: Groupon’s Wine Label, Porch Keeps Growing

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Groupon Uncorks Its Own Wine Label (Chicago Business Journal)… Can Porch.com Become LinkedIn For Your House?  (Fortune)… For Location-Tracking Startup, a Data-Privacy Odyssey (Wall Street Journal)…

Street Fight Daily: First Data’s Turnaround, Offline Sellers’ Search Spending

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyKKR Banks on Bisignano Forging Apple Deal at First Data (Bloomberg)… More than Half of Top 25 Google AdWords Spenders Sell Mostly Offline (Screenwerk)… The Case Against Everything on Demand (Recode)…

First Data, a Payment Processing Giant, Looks Beyond the Swipe

The largest payment processing company in the U.S. is officially in the marketing business. Last week, First Data Ventures, the payment processing giant’s venture wing, announced a partnership and strategic investment with social marketing platform LocalVox — the latest in a string of investments meant to help the payment processing giant enter new markets…

Street Fight Daily: Uber’s Delivery Service, Square Expands Cash Advances

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyWith New Delivery Service, Uber Declares War on Google and Amazon (Wired)… Square Expands Its Cash Advance Service (New York Times)… Google Tests A New Local Knowledge Graph Interface (SearchEngineLand)…

Street Fight Daily: NextDoor Raises $60 Million, First Data Acquires Perka

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyNextdoor Raises $60 million In Funding To Bring Neighbors Together (GigaOm)… First Data Acquires Cardless Customer Loyalty Startup Perka (AllThingsD)… Yelp Loss Widens, With Costs Eclipsing Revenue (Wall Street Journal)…