Street Fight Daily: Google Retires Latitude, Life360 Raises $10M

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology….Google Is Retiring Its Latitude Location-Sharing Service (TheNextWeb)… Family App Life360 Raises $10 million Series B Round For Growth, International Expansion (GigaOm)… Belo Is Now Worth More Than Gannett Is Paying (Bloomberg)…

Gannett’s Acquisition of Belo’s TV Stations Puts Focus on Hyperlocal Push

Gannett brags that its acquisition of Belo’s TV stations creates a broadcast “super group.” But perhaps the biggest implication about the merger is not its “super”-ness, but what it will mean in the hyperlocal digital space where both companies, especially Gannett, are trying to build a post-broadcast future…

Street Fight Daily: FoodPanda Raises $20M, TripAdvisor Schemes for More Reviews

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Rocket Internet-Backed FoodPanda Raises $20M+ As It Prepares For The Next Course In Its Food Delivery Ambitions (TechCrunch)… TripAdvisor’s plan to get another 100 million reviews: Have hotels do the work (Skift)… Local Ad Network Sees Shift To Tighter Mobile Targeting (MediaPost)…

Borrell: Promotions Will Dominate Local Media Ad Spend in 2013

Local advertisers are set to spend 81% more on promotions than media-based advertising this year, according to a new study by Borrell Associates. The report forecasts that growth in digital promotions will outpace digital advertising by 65% over the next four years, jumping from $32.2 billion in 2012 to over $80 billion in 2017…

Street Fight Daily: Gannett Paywall Pays Off, AOL Sunsets Hipster.com

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.The Case for Paywalls: Gannett Gains While Digital First Experiments (Poynter)… More Change At AOL: Photosharing App Hipster.com Is Shutting Down (TechCrunch)… PayPal Destroys Google Wallet, MasterCard, Square, and Visa in Digital Wallet Study (VentureBeat)…

Openings & New Hires at PlaceIQ, Apple, Twitter, Hibu, and More…

As the new year opens, employers are already making moves, scooping up hot talent, and posting job openings. Find out about PlaceIQ’s expansion, a promotion at Google, where Yahoo execs go when they leave, and some interesting openings at Google, plus lots of gigs for job-seeking business development and product management professionals….

After the ‘Fiscal Cliff,’ an Opening for the ‘Journalism of Hope’

In the coming years, the reverberations from big cuts in federal spending along with the likely new stimulus spending will continue throughout America, from Washington to the states, cities, suburbs, and rural communities – and to every one of the 50,690 census tracts. This will be a long-running story that USA Today and the Gannett local papers could own – and monetize on their websites…

Black Friday’s Local Opportunity: Taking Preprints Digital

Publishers across the country give thanks for the fantastic single copy sales they get on Thanksgiving due to the bundle of preprint circulars that come with the paper ahead of Black Friday. But for quite some time people inside and outside of the newspaper industry have been discussing the fact that the preprint business is declining — and might go away altogether…

Street Fight Daily: FTC Zeroes In On Google, Postmates Updates

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Google Under Crosshairs for Antitrust Allegations, Case Expected (PC Mag)… Postmates Is Updating Its App To Go After The Grocery Market With Deeper Supermarket Integration (TechCrunch)… No More Daily Deals, New Digital Newspaper Focus for Trinity Mirror (Paid Content)…

Should Local Publishers Really Try to Morph Into Marketers?

Publishers can make the transition from a publishing company to a marketing solutions company. But to do so is not just about developing a new product offering — it’s a change in the industry they are in. That doesn’t mean they can’t still have a newsroom or produce content. But it does mean content won’t be the focus…

Street Fight Daily: Gannett Buys Loyalty Play, Payment Wars Heat Up

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Gannett Buys Mobile Consumer Rewards And Loyalty Platform, Key Ring (TechCrunch)… How LevelUp Plans To Win The Wallet Wars (Fast Company)… Daily Deals: Not Dead Yet (Inc.)…

Street Fight Daily: PayPal Partners with Discover, Gannett Gets Social

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.PayPal Trumps Square’s Deal With Starbucks by Partnering With Discover (All Things D)… Gannett Has Bought Social Media Ad Company BLiNQ (TechCrunch)… Groupon’s Risk of Traveling Salesmen (Wall Street Journal)…

Street Fight Daily: Groupon Staff Strained, Foursquare ‘Nearby Friends’ Back

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology... Groupon Staff Feel the Heat (Wall Street Journal)… ‘Nearby Friends’ Feature Returns to Foursquare (PC Mag)… St. Paul Daily Puts Engagement On Wheels (NetNewsCheck)…

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)…

Will AZCentral’s Big Leap Into Hyperlocal Be Model for Other Newspapers?

The launch of 17 hyperlocal sites in metro Phoenix is just a start. After its initial move in five Scottsdale neighborhoods and 12 in the East Valley, the site aims to plant its flag in scores of communities through the two-county region, which has a population of 4.2 million…

Street Fight’s 10 Most Popular Stories of 2011

From Patch antics to Gannett’s Deal Chicken to a Flipboard hyperlocal how-to, here’s a look back at some of the Street Fight stories that really touched a nerve (at least as far as pageviews go) during our 8 1/2-month run. Hope you all have a happy new year, and we look forward to bringing you more great content, research, and events about sustainable hyperlocal business models in 2012!

What Works in One Local Market Won’t Necessarily Work in Another

I’ve learned, sometimes through epic failures, what works in Tracy (a suburb of Sacramento, Calif.) won’t work in Tampa. However, I’ve also learned, through epic victories, that when you harness the power of 200+ communities for a common goal great things can happen. Here are a few bits of wisdom I’ve picked up along the way.

Street Fight Daily: 08.31.11

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

“The golden age of daily deals, led by the unprecedented growth of Groupon, seems to be coming to its end,” writes Ben Parr. “That’s not to say daily deals won’t be sticking around for a long time — clearly there is a business in it — but when two major players withdraw from the space and its biggest player experiences a 50% traffic decline, it’s a clear sign that the daily deals market is no longer in its heyday.” (Mashable)…

A little over a year after Gannett and Yahoo teamed up on local ads sales primarily for the publisher’s 81 community newspapers, the two are extending their partnership to include all of Gannett’s 19 local TV stations. (PaidContent)…

Gannett Casts About in Local, Expands ‘Deal Chicken’

Why did the chicken cross the road? Apparently, deals were on the other side. Gannett is an enormous company with over 50,000 employees managing scores of properties that include hundreds of national and local Web sites, print publications, marketing consultancies, a careers site, not to mention a little thing called USA Today. It’s the typical corporate megalith trying to hold onto customers from the old world as they lurch headlong toward the future, simultaneously ramping up some divisions while laying off hundreds elsewhere…

Street Fight Daily: 05.12.11

Murphy USA, a gas station chain with 1,000 locations situated in the parking lots of Walmart and Sam’s Club stores, announced Wednesday that it’s offering $2 off a $20 purchase of gas with a Foursquare checkin. (Mashable)…

Gannett Co. is in the process of launching dozens of hyperlocal Web sites in 10 different markets, in a bold and risky initiative. DataSphere handles ad sales for Gannett’s hyperlocal sites, which are viewed as a growth medium because they provide smaller local businesses with an affordable, highly targeted ad platform. (NetNewsCheck)…

Yelp’s international sites have been growing like crazy, with non-U.S. traffic doubling in the past year….