The Clever Solution Behind Path’s Place Messaging Service

In late September, the company added a feature to its messaging app called Places that allows users to text local businesses with questions, and, often within minutes, receive an answer. The experience is simple and habitual for both merchant and consumer, yet the infrastructure inside is a patchwork blend of technology and people that demonstrates a remarkable empathy for the realities of the market today…

Street Fight Daily: Uber’s Billion Dollar Round, Local’s ‘Moral Imperative’

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyUber Said in Early Talks to Raise Another $1 Billion (Recode)… The ‘Moral Imperative’ Behind Small Business Marketing (Screenwerk)… YC Alum Fivestars Sees Explosive Growth In La, Fights For The Loyalty Of Consumers And Local Merchants (Pando)…

Street Fight Daily: News Corp Buys Move.com, Angie’s List Mulls Sale

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyRupert Murdoch Wants to Sell You Your Next Home (Time)… A Report Says Angie’s List Might Sell Itself And Now Its Stock Is Surging (Business Insider)… The Real Reason PayPal Isn’t an Apple Pay Preferred Partner (BankInnovation)…

Street Fight Daily: Mastercard’s Wearable Future, Apple Eyes Path

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyMasterCard CMO Talks Brand Transition From Credit Cards to Wearables (AdAge)… Source: Apple Set to Acquire Path in an Attempt to Bolster iOS Social Cred (Pando)… Mobile Retail Passes the 50% Point, Tops Desktop (MediaPost)…

Street Fight Daily: Path Privacy Flaw, Facebook’s Offline Payments

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Privacy Flaw in Path’s iPhone App Shares Location Data (The New York Times)… Facebook Offers Physical Gift Cards for Selected Retail Stores (PC World)… A Local Community Meets to Save Hyperlocal Digital Journalism (Reader)…

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…