Street Fight Daily: Twitter Launches ‘Buy’ Button, AOL’s Armstrong Ready to Fight Ad Blocking

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Twitter Makes ‘Buy’ Button Widely Available (New York Times)… Tim Armstrong Says AOL Is in the ‘Best Position’ to Fight Ad Blocking (Adweek)… Sources: Jack Dorsey Expected to Be Named Permanent Twitter CEO (Recode)…

Street Fight Daily: Google’s New Ad Targeting Techniques, Uber Launches UberEVENTS

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google Targets Intent with Email, YouTube, and Search Matching and App Campaigns (TechCrunch)… UberEVENTS is Launching in New York (Tech.Co)… How Much of Your Audience Is Fake? (Bloomberg)…

Street Fight Daily: Online-to-Offline Retail, Pinterest Unveils Ad Products

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Report: More than Half of Offline Retail Sales Now Influenced by Digital, Mobile (Screenwerk)… Pinterest Unveils Flurry of Ad Products, Names Monetization Exec (AdAge)… Why APIs Will Save Your Business From Getting “Uber-ed” (Fortune)…

Yelp Reportedly Explores a Sale — Could Priceline Be a Fit?

Yelp may be on the auction block. In addition to the usual suspects, one less likely company stands out as a potential candidate: Priceline Group, the new owner of OpenTable.

Street Fight Daily: Banjo Raises $100M, Apple’s Search Ambitions

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Banjo Raises $100M to Put Your Tweet (and More) on the Map (Street Fight)… Apple Challenges Google with Growing Web Search Program, Fueled by Topsy Acquisition (Apple Insider)… ClassPass, a Startup that Gym Rats and Investors Love, is Now a $400 Million Company (Business Insider)…

Here’s How Reserve Plans to Make the Dinner Bill Disappear

We’ve become used to the ability to make restaurant reservations with the click of a mouse or the tap of a screen, but what if the service didn’t stop there? What if it was extended to ensuring that every aspect of your dining experience was just as smooth and simple as making the reservation?

LBMA Podcast: xAd’s Global Blueprints, ShopperTrak Partners With Shopkick

On the show: MedNav tries to be the OpenTable for medical appointments; Sponda uses RFID to add location to malls; Freckle IOT partners with BlueBite; StudioTime tries to be the AirBnB of recording studios; Christophe Remillet of OneVisage…

You Can Now Order an Uber Directly from the YP App

In a first for local directories, ex-Yellow Pages provider YP has integrated with Uber’s API to allow searchers to book a car directly from the YP site or mobile app.

Why So Many Local Search Sites Are Adding Business Services

Strategies around SEO, listings management and SEM have long helped businesses generate clicks, calls and store visits. And while this remains true, search sites have recently begun putting more emphasis on adding tools and services that look to accelerate the purchase process…

Street Fight Daily: TripAdvisor Targets OpenTable, Cracks In The Geoweb

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyLine Launches A Taxi Booking Service In Japan Because Chat Apps Have Become Platforms (TechCrunch)… TripAdvisor Goes on a Dining Reservations Binge With Acquisition of Iens (Skift)… Cracks In The Digital Map: What The ‘Geoweb’ Gets Wrong About Real Streets (Guardian)…

Here Are the Top 5 Exits in Local Tech of 2014

The largest deals came on the public market, where some of the more established firms found late exits and others teamed up with rivals. But the startup scene saw its share of healthy M&A activity as well. Here are the five biggest deals in the local tech of 2014….

Interconnectivity and the Mobile Mind Shift

We hear a lot these days about the massive transition in consumer attention from desktop to mobile devices. That transition is an undeniable reality, but it would be a mistake to assume that it’s just about mobile devices themselves. What the smartphone has done is to enable a change in mental attitude when it comes to the use and consumption of online services…

Street Fight Daily: Google Redesigns Maps, Walmart Searches Inside

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Google Maps gets better integration with Uber and OpenTable (Mashable)… Walmart Brings Product Search To The In-Store Experience (Search Engine Land)… Amazon Tries Out Taxi Deliveries In California Cities (CNBC)…

In Building Local Marketplaces, a Choice of Chicken or Egg

The success of Uber and Airbnb have spawned a deluge of startups that have replicated the on-demand marketplace model across a range of verticals. But developing marketplaces locally requires a deft approach to scale that balances a network’s need for liquidity with a startup’s desire for growth…

Street Fight Daily: SK Telecom Buys Shopkick, Facebook Launches Atlas

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologySK Telecom Agrees to Acquire Shopkick (Wall Street Journal)… With New Ad Platform, Facebook Opens Gates to Its Vault of User Data (New York Times)… OpenTable CEO on How Its Game Changes Within Priceline (Skift)…

Where Online Ordering of Local Products and Services Is Headed

Any local search site that sets its sights on powering transactions will need to take into account the broad range of consumer needs in the local space. But some products are likely much better suited to online purchasing than others…

6 Demand-Based Pricing Platforms for Restaurants

With the goal of maximizing revenue and keeping their tables filled throughout the day, restaurants are using hyperlocal marketing platforms to incentivize guest reservations during off-peak times. Here are six hyperlocal platforms that restaurants can use to implement demand-based pricing…

Street Fight Daily: Square Adds Booking Service, Lyft Drives Uber Competition

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologySquare Continues to Diversify With Launch of Booking Service (Fortune)… Lyft Drives Uber Competition With False-Order Allegations (Bloomberg)… Online Meal Delivery Firm Foodpanda Raises $60 Million (Recode)…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook’s Ad Strategy, Square Eyes Caviar

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyHow Facebook Sold You Krill Oil (New York Times)… Square Said to Be in Talks to Buy Food Delivery Start-Up Caviar (Street Fight)… OpenTable Takes Out Its Wallet for Restaurant Sales Analytics Startup Copilot (VentureBeat)…

In OpenTable Deal, Signs of Deeper Convergence in Travel and Local

Two recent acquisitions by Priceline and TripAdvisor offer an early look into a logic that could drive a more comprehensive consolidation of the travel and local technology sectors. Many of the structures built to help visitors navigate new cities — and implicitly for marketers to reach tourists — might quickly become obsolete…