How Hearst Newspapers Became the Leader in Its Peer Group

Under president Mark E. Aldam, Hearst Newspapers is going full bore on digital, creating in-house digital marketing services and betting big on programmatic advertising. In our interview, Aldam explains how Hearst has become a top performer in the still financially challenged newspaper industry.

Street Fight Daily: Gannett Paywall Pays Off, AOL Sunsets Hipster.com

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.The Case for Paywalls: Gannett Gains While Digital First Experiments (Poynter)… More Change At AOL: Photosharing App Hipster.com Is Shutting Down (TechCrunch)… PayPal Destroys Google Wallet, MasterCard, Square, and Visa in Digital Wallet Study (VentureBeat)…

As Paywalls Evolve, So Does the Perception of Paywalls

It’s time to acknowledge that, overall, people are starting to get used to paying for content online — especially on smartphones and tablets. It will be interesting to see how the various paywall models play out over time, but I have become more confident that paywalls (in some form or fashion) are a piece of the puzzle to running a profitable hyperlocal or regional news website…

Street Fight Daily: Nook Adds LBS, Should eBay Buy Groupon?

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Map Wars: Nook Gets Maps, Navigation, Location-Based Services, As Barnes & Noble Battles Google, Apple (Fast Company)… Dennis Crowley, Best Buy Spokesguy  (All Things D)… It’s Time For eBay To Make A Bid For Groupon (SAI)…