Why OpenTable’s Foodspotting Buy Is Good for Restaurants

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Foodspotting, a provider of a food-sharing and recommendations app, announced yesterday that it would be acquired by reservations company OpenTable for $10 million. While the two services seem quite different (one is for reservations and the other is a social network organized around food) the acquisition could mean good things for both companies as well as local restaurants….

Street Fight Daily: Intuit’s New Direction, Fousquare’s New Business App

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A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Intuit’s New Payments Directions In NFC, Passbook And Facebook Revealed In 20+ New Products (TechCrunch)… Foursquare’s New App Is Open for Business (AllThingsD)… Belly Bites is Free Sampling for Local Merchants Done Right (PandoDaily)…

Seeking to Connect With Restaurants, Foodspotting Launches ‘Rewards’

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While a number of apps allow users to rate restaurants, leave comments, and create a map of what’s nearby, San Francisco-based Foodspotting focuses its attention on the food itself — and on helping food seekers find the specific dish they want nearby. Street Fight recently spoke with Foodspotting founder and CEO Alexa Andrzejewski about the company’s push into local marketing…

How Restaurants Can ‘Listen’ to Location-Based Services

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Many restaurants take a pulse of the Twitter and Facebook conversation about them, but how is that information being combined with and understood alongside location-based services like Foursquare? Perhaps the bigger question to ask is, if you’ve invested in social media fan building, how are you correlating that social data with the behaviors of those fans in the physical world?

Street Fight Daily: Patch Partnership With WPIX, Addiply Network Live

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

Patch, NY’s WPIX Form Content Partnership (NetNewsCheck)…

How Facebook’s Mobile ‘Sponsored Stories’ Are Designed To Kill Groupon (Business Insider)…

Addiply Networks 2,700 Hyperlocal UK Sites for National Ads (Out With a Bang)…

Local Quotables: Armstrong, Radcliffe, Andrzejewski and more

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Tim Armstrong was back out there defending Patch again this week. Elsewhere, researchers noted the rapidly growing influence of Pinterest, which is gaining on Twitter as a traffic driver. Over at Foodspotting, Alexa Andrzejewski corrects any misconceptions there might be that her company is just “Instagram” for food. Damian Radcliffe says LBS products “haven’t quite lived up to the hype.”

Oink: A Help to Yelp?

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With Oink (“Rate the Adventure”), Digg founder Kevin Rose has chosen to address a glaring problem in the existing world of online (and offline ratings). Namely, what do I buy when I’m there? Or what do I do? Or what should I try? The idea is, with this nifty mobile app, Oink users can give a thumbs up or a thumbs down to anything at all.