Street Fight Daily: Feds Restrict Data-Sharing, Speculation That Gannett/Tronc Could Fall Through

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Broadband Providers Will Soon Need User Permission to Sell User Data… Gannett and Tronc Shares Tank on Speculation Deal is Off… LivingSocial’s Lessons for the Experience Economy…

Street Fight Daily: Groupon Acquires LivingSocial, Businesses Use Ride-Sharing to Create Revenue

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Groupon is Buying LivingSocial, Plans to Downsize Business to 15 Markets from 27… Snaplytics Debuts Snapchat Revenue Measurement Tool to Inform Brand Marketing… Google Voice Search Comparison Shops on Mobile, Creating Audio Ad Opportunity…

FiveStars Digs Deeper Into Customer Data to Get Beyond ‘Loyalty’

FiveStars co-founder and CEO Victor Ho, who will be a speaker at Street Fight Summit West next week, caught up with us recently to talk about the efficiency of retention marketing, the shift from daily deals to digital loyalty programs, and what analyzing the trove of SMB consumer data can potentially yield.

5 Platforms to Quickly Sell Overstocked Items

When brick-and-mortar businesses have a surplus of inventory, they have a few options. For local merchants, deal-posting sites that use hyperlocal technology to target nearby consumers in real-time are becoming a popular solution.

Street Fight Daily: Google to Further Penalize Mobile-Unfriendly Websites, More Layoffs at LivingSocial

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google’s Latest Mobile Search Algorithm Update Makes Having a Mobile-Friendly Site Even More Important (TechCrunch)… LivingSocial Is Laying Off More Than 50 Percent of Its Staff (Recode)… Uber Debuts Family Profiles to Let You Pay for Others’ Rides (TechCrunch)…

5 Keys to Small Business Success in 2016

It’s no longer enough to just have a Facebook page or a website that’s optimized for mobile. To stand out in an increasingly competitive marketplace in 2016, local merchants will need to dig in and start using hyperlocal technology to its full potential.

Street Fight Daily: LivingSocial and ‘Unicorpses,’ Airbnb Raises $100 Million

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… LivingSocial Offers a Cautionary Tale to Today’s Unicorns (New York Times)… Airbnb Raises $100 Million Only Months After Last Funding Round (Fortune)… Detour App Shows the Promises and Challenges of GeoLocation Travel Tech (Skift)…

Street Fight Daily: Square’s IPO Filing Now Public, NYC to Launch Hyperlocal News Sites

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Square Discloses IPO Plans (New York Times)… NYC Launching Neighborhood Websites with Hyperlocal Information (New York Daily News)… UberRush Not Yet a FedEx Killer (Wall Street Journal)…

Street Fight Daily: Groupon Will Cut 1,100 Jobs, LivingSocial is Planning a Comeback

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Groupon to Cut 1,100 Jobs, Pull Out of 7 Countries (Chicago Tribune)… The Resurrection of LivingSocial (DCInno)… The Commoditization of Ad Tech — How the Cross-Device Landscape is Going to Get Worse Before It Gets Better (Medium)…

Openings and New Hires at LivingSocial, GrubHub, and RetailNext

Every two weeks, Geoff Michener covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. In this week’s column, Borrell Associates ups its research director, eBay names a new CMO, and RevMob appoints a co-CEO.

Openings & New Hires at Lyft, Yext, Twitter, Uber, Invoca & more

In this week’s column, Twitter sees more high-level departures; Yext brings on a CMO from Salesforce; Lyft acquihires; Uber gets Bing employees; Invoca names a new CEO; and more. Find out what’s behind the moves…

Street Fight Daily: FTC Goes After Nomi, ClassPass Buys Fitmob

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Mobile Tracking Firm Nomi Gets FTC Wrist-Slap (AdAge)… ClassPass Works Out a Deal for Competitor Fitmob (Recode)… Google More Reviews Links Removed From Knowledge Panel (LocalU)…

LivingSocial Sells Off Australian Assets, Looks to ‘Refound’ Its Core Business

Over the course of the past 18 months, the struggling daily deals company has sold off nearly all of its international assets, exiting countries and categories in an effort to create a nest egg for the “refounding” of the firm under new chief executive Gautam Thakar.

Street Fight Daily: Legacy Media Botches Digital, Microsoft Eyes Apple Pay

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… New Report: Local Newspapers Have Done A Terrible Job Building Local Digital Audiences (NiemanLab)… As Bill Gates Promised, Microsoft Will Soon Have Its Own Apple Pay Alternative (Business Insider)… SMBs Put Their Money Where Success Is: Website (eMarketer)…

Tige Savage: Founders Need to Solve for Degrees of Freedom — Not Valuation

In an interview with Street Fight, Tige Savage, managing director at Revolution Ventures, talks about what went wrong at LivingSocial and Groupon, why founders should solve for “degrees of freedom — not valuation,” and why the next big thing may not come out of Silicon Valley or New York…

Street Fight Daily: Google Buys Softcard, GrubHub President To Exit

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Google Strikes Mobile Payments Deal With Big Wireless Carriers, Buys Softcard Technology (Recode)… GrubHub’s No. 2 Heading For The Exit (Crain’s Chicago Business)… Thumbtack Adds Big Name Design And Engineering Execs To Oversee Big Growth (TechCrunch)…

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: Facebook Tests Beacons, LivingSocial Cuts Losses

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyFacebook Tests Bluetooth ‘Beacons’ to Feed Users Local Content (Wall Street Journal)… LivingSocial Cuts Its Q4 Loss But Revenue Down, Expenses Up (Washington Business Journal)… With a Few Bits of Data, Researchers Identify ‘Anonymous’ People (New York Times)…

Street Fight Daily: Google Measures “Store Visits,” Square Resurrects Wallet

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Google’s Making It Easier to Figure Out if Online Ads Actually Drive In-Store Traffic (AdWeek)… Square Is Resurrecting Wallet, Its Pay-By-Name Mobile App, And Giving It Away (ReadWrite)… Can Wal-Mart Clerks Ship as Fast as Amazon Robots? (Wall Street Journal)…

LBMA Podcast: Groupon Acquires Swarm, Lord & Taylor Deploys Beacons

On the show: LINKNYC replaces payphones with WiFi in NYC; Radio Shack goes back to its roots with Little Bits; LivingSocial lets merchants in on the deal; Snapchat partners with Square; Spotify partners with Uber; Target Partners with PointInside; Shazam partners with Adspace Networks; WholeFoods creates deeper local engagement with in-store kiosks in Atlanta…