No Wallet, No Problem. Yombu Scans Your Fingerprint for Payments, Loyalty Rewards

Credit cards made it possible to leave cash behind. Then, digital wallets like ApplePay let you leave home without your wallet. Now, Washington, D.C., startup Yombu is making it possible to pay and get access to membership rewards with just your fingerprint.

Swipely CEO: We Want to Provide the Operating Platform That Restaurants Run On

“If you’re not going to fundamentally improve the guest experience, then there’s really no motivation for either the consumer to change the way that they’re buying in the restaurant or for the merchant to replace the operating practices they have,” said Swipely CEO Angus Davis about mobile payments.

How Vendors Can Persuade SMBs to Adopt Mobile Payments

If hyperlocal vendors are going to continue growing their networks of merchants willing to accept mobile payments, they’re going to have to find ways to get small business owners excited about the concept. Here are nine strategies for doing just that…

#LDS15 VIDEO: How MasterCard Uses Its Payments Data to Understand Customers

During a presentation at Street Fight’s Local Data Summit in Denver earlier this month, Cristobal von Walstrom, vice president of location intelligence at MasterCard Advisors, said that the company is adding information to a 10 petabyte database at a rate of 160,000 transactions per hour, which deliver a range of insights about the businesses where those transactions take place…

On Street Fight: Facebook’s Video Pages, Food Tech’s Dilemma

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyFacebook Challenges YouTube Channels With New Features For Pages (TechCrunch)… The Greasy Underpan Of Restaurant Tech (TechCrunch)… Have Online Payments Become Safer Than Offline? (Wired)…

Street Fight Daily: xAd Raises $50 Million, iWatch to Include Payments

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyLocation Is Everything, As Mobile Ad Startup xAd Raises $50M Led By IVP (TechCrunch)… Apple Watch to Allow Mobile Payments (Wall Street Journal)… Interpublic Invests in Mobile Measurement Company Placed (MediaPost)…

How Innovation in Payments Can Drive Local Marketing

The changes in payments that Seth Priebatsch foresaw three years ago are certainly underway, but it remains more of a revolution than an evolution. Street Fight caught up with the LevelUp CEO recently to talk about why he thinks transaction data is the foundation of the next big wave of innovation in the marketing industry…

Street Fight Daily: FoodPanda Raises $20M, Millennials Drive Mobile Bookings

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.Foodpanda Gobbles Up $20M In Fresh Funding To Fatten Its Global Pawprint (TechCrunch)… How User Reviews Are Gutting Brands (MediaPost)… Last-Minute Millennials Drive Mobile Bookings, So Make it Easy (Skift)…

Swipely Raises $12M to Expand Push Into SMB Payment Analytics

The payments space is starting to settle down. The flow of seed funding has slowed, and a handful companies have separated from the pack, raising meaningful capital over the past year. Add Providence-based Swipely to that list. The payments processing and analytics play has raised $12 million in new funding in a series B round led by Shasta Ventures…

Street Fight Daily: Apple Buys WifiSLAM, NYU’s Hyperlocal Finds New Home

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Apple Acquires Indoor Location Company WifiSLAM (Wall Street Journal)… Changing Trains: The Local East Village, NYU’s hyperlocal blog, Moves from The New York Times to New York Magazine (Nieman Lab)… Local Search Service Roamz Shifts Again – Now “Local Measure,” Startup Brings Geo-Based Data To Businesses (& Gets Them To Pay) (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Daily: eBay’s Resurgence, Redbeacon Founder’s New Venture

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.eBay is Back! (Fortune)… Redbeacon Founder Launches MyTime, A Booking And Ecommerce Platform For Local Services And Open Appointments (TechCrunch)… Why Credit Card Companies Need Some Madison Avenue Style (ReadWrite)…

Street Fight Daily: Pushpins Snapped Up, In-Store Payments Boom

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.The Full Story of Pushpins Acquisition by Ebates Parent Performance Marketing Brands (PandoDaily)… Forrester: Proximity Payment is Fastest-Growing Segment of Mobile Payments (Mobile Commerce Daily)… How To Make Foursquare Fun Again (Business Insider)…

Street Fight Daily: Yelp Surrounded, Mobile Advertising’s Future

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Is It Time Local Site Called for Yelp? (The Wall Street Journal)… Is Location Based Advertising The Future Of Mobile Marketing And Mobile Advertising? (Forbes)… Openings & New Hires at Advance Digital, Neustar, Factual, Yellowbook, Apple and More (Street Fight)…

Street Fight Daily: Google Maps on iOS, Amazon Pushes Local Services

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.While Apple Regroups, Google Offers a Maps App (The New York Times)… Amazon’s Latest Experiment: Installing Your TV and Other Household Items (GeekWire)… An Apple-Foursquare Hookup Could Mean The End Of Yelp Reviews In iOS (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Daily: Local Online Ad Rev to Jump 30%, Facebook Reviews

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Borrell: Newspaper Revenue to Rise in 2013 (GigaOm)… Watch Out, Yelp: Facebook Is Thinking About Restaurant Reviews
 (Business Insider)… Square, Starbucks roll out service (USA Today)…

Poll: For Mobile Payments, Adoption Low But Future Promising

PollA new Street Fight poll of 513 U.S. consumers says close to 77% of respondents do not rely on their mobile phones to pay for goods and services. But our results also illustrate a strong rate of adoption for the key 18-34 demographic that may indicate future growth as the group ages and others move into the demographic…

Street Fight Daily: Groupon Pays Up, Yelp Shines in Apple Maps

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Groupon Promising Merchants “Lowest Cost” Payments Service (And It’s Using an iPhone) (All Things D)… You May Hate Apple Maps, But the Yelp Integration is Something to Love (Venture Beat)… How Better Location Data Could Mean More-targeted Mobile Ads (GigaOm)…

Street Fight Daily: PayPal Partners with Discover, Gannett Gets Social

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.PayPal Trumps Square’s Deal With Starbucks by Partnering With Discover (All Things D)… Gannett Has Bought Social Media Ad Company BLiNQ (TechCrunch)… Groupon’s Risk of Traveling Salesmen (Wall Street Journal)…

Street Fight Daily: Trulia Files for IPO, Groupon Investors Exit

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Trulia Files to Go Public (New York Times)… Groupon Investors Give Up (Wall Street Journal)… Layoffs At Plum District Point To Changes In Hyperlocal Deals Market (TechCrunch)…