Street Fight Daily: Why Groupon Should Go Private, the Evolution and Future of Google Now

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Why Groupon Needs to Go Private to Rebuild Its Vision (TechCrunch)… In 2015, Google’s Personal Assistant Broke Out of Its Shell. Now It Has to Fight (Recode)… Relcy Founder Says He’s Built a Better Mobile Search Engine (Search Engine Land)…

Is the Humble Phone Call Actually the Killer App for Local Businesses?

It turns out reports of voice calling’s death are greatly exaggerated. Despite an explosion in data usage and mobile messaging, voice calling — facilitated by search and virtual assistants — remains a popular activity among mobile users. A lot of those calls are going to local businesses, where they are more likely to convert to revenue than web forms or emails.

Why 2016 Will Be a Big Year for iOS 9

Apple has established a new standard for conducting “nearby” searches, thanks to an enhancement to the Apple Spotlight search functionality. This moves the consumer down the path to purchase in a few significant ways, including proactive local search content and results that change by time of day.

Did Apple Just Solve Deep Linking?

One of the coolest things to come out Apple’s September product event was 3D Touch, which lets users indicate levels of intent based on how hard they press apps and links. Beyond the gadgetry of 3D Touch, one thing hasn’t been said: This is essentially deep linking, an area that will be a key battleground in local. 3D Touch could preempt the deep linking dilemma by peeking deep within other apps — a lighter and more elegant solution I’m calling “deep previewing.”

With iOS 9 Release, Local Businesses Should Care ‘Deeply’ About Apple Maps

Most local businesses and search marketers have focused primarily on their visibility within Google Maps. With Apple’s iOS 9 now available, it’s time they focused their attention on Apple Maps as well. Businesses that don’t may soon fall behind competitors.

Where Does Local Search Fit in a World of Apps?

Where is Google’s place in a world where the browser is no longer the front door? On the desktop, trillions of web pages compel an index and a friendly entry point. But an app-heavy mobile environment — already siloed into neat little buckets — doesn’t beg for a core search engine…

Street Fight Daily: Uber Plans Delivery Platform, Foursquare’s Brain Drain

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Uber Is Quietly Testing A Massive Merchant Delivery Program (TechCrunch)… Foursquare Has a New Problem: Employees are Checking Out (Mashable)… Most Shoppers Happy to Share Location Data with Retailers, But Want More Regulation on How It is Used (Internet Retailing)…

Street Fight Daily: Pinterest’s $11B Valuation, Google Now Opens Up

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Pinterest Raises $367 Million, Pushing It Past $1 Billion Raised In All (TechCrunch)… An Open Google Now Is About To Make Android Super Smart (Wired)… Google Maps Upends Primary Data Suppliers – YP.CA Is Out (Blumenthal)…

Street Fight Daily: Google Now Opens Up, Yelp Back in Court

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyGoogle Now Becomes “Platform,” Incorporates Third Party Content, Apps (Screenwerk)… Yelp Goes To Court To Protect Identity Of Anonymous Review-Writer (Consumerist)… Two Takeaways About LivingSocial From Amazon’s Yearly Statement (Washington Business Journal)…

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: Highlight Rebounds, Uber Talks Deliveries

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.Highlight Raises $4 Million From DFJ, Releases Version 2.0 Of Its Location-Based Social Networking App (TechCrunch)… Uber: From Taxis To Deliveries On Demand (CNN MoneyGoogle Maps iOS App Updated To Show Flight, Hotel And Restaurant Reservations (GigaOm)…

Street Fight Daily: PayPal Teams With Revel, Drones Deliver Same-Day

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyPayPal Expands “Real World” Presence Via Integration With iPad Point-of-Sale Maker Revel Systems (TechCrunch)… Zookal Starts “World First” Delivery-By-Drone Service In Sydney (PandoDaily)… Report: Google Smartwatch “Heavy Into” Google Now Functionality (GigaOm)…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Adds Yext Data, DexOne Emerges from Bankruptcy

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Facebook to Add Yext’s Business Data as It Touts Search Feature (Bloomberg Businessweek)… Dex, SuperMedia Close Merger and Emerge from Chapter 11 As Dex Media (Screenwerk)… Google Calls Reports that Google Now for iOS Srains Batteries “Incorrect” (TheNextWeb)…

Street Fight Daily: Foursquare’s Plans Leaked, Google Now on iOS

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Leaked Doc Shows Foursquare’s Big Plans for Your Check-in Data (CNet)… Google Brings Virtual Assistant to iOS ‘Now’ (Internet2Go)… Jack Dorsey Talks Square and Wearable Devices (New York Times)…

Street Fights of 2012: The Mobile Search for Local Discovery

So 2012 was mobile’s debutant year, with it introduced to society at large but still very much in the process of growing up. For local search, that meant mobile queries jumped by nearly 56% while desktop growth slowed to a little more than 12% in 2012…

Street Fight Daily: Local Mobile Spend Jumps, Foursquare Rethinks Ratings

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Mobile Local Ad Spend to Hit $5.8B in 2016 (NetNewsCheck)… Beyond 5 Stars: Foursquare Looks For A Smarter Way To Rate Businesses(Fast Company)… Groupon’s One-Year Anniversary Feels More Like a Funeral. So What’s Next for Daily Deals? (Venture Beat)…

Street Fight Daily: Apple Exec Exits Over Maps, Village Voice Sues Yelp

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.An Apple Exit Over Maps (Wall Street Journal)… Village Voice Sues Yelp for Using “Best of” (PaidContent)… Could Sandy be Instagram’s Big Citizen Journalism Moment? (Pando Daily)…