Lucky Ant Waives Fees, Opens Crowdfunding to SMBs in Wake of Sandy

Many small businesses affected by the wrath of the hurricane will require working capital to make repairs, and the Brooklyn-based Lucky Ant wants to help them raise that money from their communities. The company has waived its fee, allowing any business (in New York or elsewhere) to raise funds for recovery free of charge…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook’s Local Opp, LivingSocial’s $93 M Loss

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.
Facebook’s Massive, Still-Untapped Local Opportunity (Screenwerk)… Losses are Mounting for LivingSocial (GigaOm)… Report: Daily Press removes Journatic bylines, but Stories Remain (Poynter)…

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)…

Local Quotables: Moyal, Mims, Tolles, Lessin and more…

As the first week of 2012 commences, everyone is speculating about what will happen this year in the hyperlocal industry. Jonathan Moyal sees Lucky Ant helping communities play a bigger role in local business. Jeremy Mims predicts growth for Groupon and Michelle Jones hopes to create an alternative to Yelp. Also, Sam Lessin describes how Facebook’s check-in with timelines is an entirely new kind of LBS and more.

Lucky Ant Launches, Extending Kickstarter-style Crowdfunding to Local Merchants

The hyperlocal funding platform, launched earlier today, gives small businesses a way to raise money from the communities around them for specific improvement projects — while simultaneously forging deeper bonds with customers and promoting loyalty…