Making the Case for Ambient Services (Again)

The excitement around ambient services has faded as Highlight and others have failed to gain traction. But in many ways the ambient services that failed in 2011 and 2013 are poised for a comeback. Within the next few years, the technology will be in place to make these long sought-after scenarios a reality…

Street Fight Daily: Uber Looks Beyond Taxis, Foursquare Launches Self-Serve Product

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyOn-Demand Everything? Uber Might Steer In A New Direction (CNet)… Foursquare Launches Self-Serve Promoted Listings For Small Businesses (MarketingLand)… Shopkick Adds In-App Purchases To Help Retailers Fight Amazon: ‘We Are The Anti-Amazon Coalition’ (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Daily: Groupon Launches POS, Visa Updates Rewards

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Groupon Squares Up To Rivals With Groupon POS, An iPad App And Dashboard For On-Site, Mobile Payments (TechCrunch)… Visa Updates Offers Rewards Scheme With Point-of-Sale Discounts and Personalized Cardholder Alerts (TheNextWeb)… Bringing Social-Network Superpowers to the Real World (Wired)…

A Year After Its SXSW Moment, Highlight Keeps Working to Connect People Nearby

Paul Davison’s location-based startup Highlight has had a strange trajectory. It was the darling of South by Southwest in 2012, then soon lost its sheen for a variety of reasons, prompting a series of “What Happened to Highlight?” posts around the time of this year’s Austin event. Street Fight recently caught up with Davison to talk about retrenching, the definition of fun, and his very real belief that using Highlight can change the world around us.

Street Fight Daily: Desktop Local Search Drops, Print YP Death Watch

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Search On Smartphones Up 26 Percent, On Tablets Up 19 Percent In 2012 (Search Engine Land)… Annual Print YP Death Watch (Blumenthals)… The Yext Big Thing (Crain’s New York Business)…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook’s New Feed, Plum District Founder Out

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Don’t Laugh at Zuckerberg’s Newspaper Metaphor, It’s More Accurate Than You Think (PadnoDaily)… CEO And Founder Megan Gardner Out At Mom-Centric Deals Site Plum District, Ex-Googler Susan Kim Takes Over (TechCrunch)… AOL’s CEO to Haters: Our Content Strategy Was Right After All (and Patch is Fine Too) (Paid Content)…

Street Fight Daily: Groupon to Stick with Model, Retailigence Nabs $6.3M

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Groupon CFO: No Changes to Business Model (Wall Street Journal)… Local Search Update for Google Maps iOS Could Hurt Yelp (Venture Beat)… Retailigence Bags $6.3M for Online-to-Offline Marketing (Vator News)…

Street Fight Daily: Square Puts ‘Business in a Box,’ Google Opens Glass

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Square’s ‘Business in a Box’ Offers a Digital Register for $300 (Wall Street Journal)… Google Will Offer Its Glasses to Select Few (New York Times)… Patch Reportedly Cuts Editors in Lead Up to Pivot (Business Insider)…

Street Fight Daily: ‘Find My Friends’ on Facebook, DFM Considers Paywall

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Facebook Is Said to Create Mobile Location-Tracking App (Bloomberg)… Digital First Media is Working on Paywalls, Even Though It Really Doesn’t Want To (PaidContent)… Will “Stalking Apps” Be Stopped? (Time)…

Street Fight Daily: FTC Clears Google, Square Sold at Starbucks

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Yelp Calls FTC Deal with Google a ‘Missed Opportunity’ (CNet)… Now on Sale at Starbucks: Square’s Credit Card Reader (The New York Times)… You’re Not Alone: Hyper-Local People-Finding (ClickZ)…

Street Fight Daily: Groupon CEO on Hot Seat, Apple Maps Manager Out

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Is Andrew Mason on the Bubble as CEO of Groupon? (AllThingsD)… What Kinds of Local Stories Drive Engagement? The Results of an NPR Facebook Experiment (Nieman Lab)… Apple Fires a Manager Over Its Misfire on Maps (New York Times/Bits)…

Street Fight Daily: Local Search Share Increases, The Bubble That Wasn’t

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology... Study: 43 Percent Of Total Google Search Queries Are Local (Search Engine Land)… The Bubble That Wasn’t: What Happened to ‘People Discovery’ App (The Verge)… St. Louis Public Radio, St. Louis Beacon to Explore ‘Combining Talents and Resources’ (Poynter)…

Street Fight Daily: Highlight Takes Two, Digital First Announces Curation Team

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Highlight 1.2 Solves Some of the App’s Problems, but Big Questions Remain (The Verge)… Digital First Announces Curation Team (10,000 Words)… Twitter Offers Location Targeted Advertisements (CNET)…

Street Fight Daily: AmEx CFO to Groupon Board, DNA Info Expands

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

Starbucks CEO Leaves Groupon Board to Make Room for AmEx CFO (PaidContent)…

NYC Hyperlocal News Startup DNA Info Hires Staff, Expands to Outer Boroughs (Washington Post)…

Yelp Gives $1.2M to Settle Unpaid Overtime Suit (GigaOm)…

With the Rise of Social Discovery Apps, Purpose and Privacy Are Key

When building social discovery apps, the bottom line is transparency. Users need to maintain control over their data, privacy settings and the ability to define their likes, dislikes and other preferences…

Street Fight Daily: Samwer Out at Groupon, Local Online Ad Spending Hot

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

Marc Samwer Out as Groupon’s International Boss (GigaOm)…

Local Online Ad Spending Is Red Hot Again (Media Life)…

Study: Most Adults Follow Local News Closely (Pew Internet)…

Street Fight Daily: AT&T Unloads Yellow Pages, New Groupon Suit Targets Execs

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

AT&T Sells Majority Stake in Yellow Pages to Cerberus (New York Times)…

New Groupon Lawsuit Targets Execs, Seeks Board Seats for Shareholders (PaidContent)…

Before Local-Mobile Revenues Can Grow, Major Problems Must Be Solved (ScreenWerk)…

4 Keys to Launching a Location-based Service

What makes launching a location-based app so difficult? In addition to the run-of-the-mill issues that face consumer startups as a whole, location-based services are plagued by the fact that they’re inherently local products, meaning that success has to be geographically relevant. 10,000 users spread across the country are not nearly as valuable as 1,000 users in a single neighborhood…

Street Fight Daily: Twitter’s SMB Self-Serve, DudaMobile Funding

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

Twitter Launches Self-Service Ads for Small Businesses (Twitter Advertising Blog)…

Check-In Needs To Work, But How Can We Fix It? (TechCrunch)…

Daily Deals: Do Consumers Still Care? (Ad Age)…

Street Fight Daily: Guardian’s n0tice Opens Up, Amazon Battles Groupon

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

How to Fix Location-Based People Discovery (TechCrunch)

Guardian’s Hyperlocal Project n0tice Opens to Everyone, Adds Features (n0tice)

Amazon’s Key to Beating Groupon at Daily Deals (AllThingsD)