LBMA Podcast: WeChat Partners With Uniqlo, Square Teams Up With Apple

On the show: Kagulu tells everyone the value of your car; Verizon makes dumb cars a little smarter; and Shazam your vodka. Plus industry news about United Airlines, Macy’s Blue Bite and the Gap.

Street Fight Daily: Square Introduces Mobile Appointments, SF Wants Uber’s Data

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Here’s Why Square Appointments for Mobile is a Big Deal (The Next Web)… SF Seeks Uber Data as Company Touts Commitment to Urban Transit (Recode)… Blink and You Miss It: How Brands Can Capture an Audience in Seconds (Linkedin Pulse)…

Street Fight Daily: Amazon Might Crowdsource Delivery, Square Introduces Apple Watch App

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Amazon Flex Could Be a New Way to Get Your Packages, Report Says (Mashable)… Square Cash for the Apple Watch Lets You Send Money From Your Wrist (The Next Web)… Here’s How the Post Office is Taking On UPS, FedEx, and Amazon (Fortune)…

Street Fight Daily: Uber Reportedly Losing Money Despite VC Success, Yelp and ProPublica Team Up

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Here Are the Internal Documents that Prove Uber Is a Money Loser (Gawker)… ProPublica Teams Up With Yelp to Make It Easier to Find Good Local Health Care Services (NiemanLab)… Here’s How Facebook Is Turning Its Local Ad Unit Into a Customer Service Channel (AdWeek)…

Street Fight Daily: Square IPO Looms, Amazon Plans Drive-Up Grocery Stores

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Square’s Filing Turns Talk to Dorsey’s Juggling Skills (New York Times)… Amazon Planning Drive-Up Grocery Stores (Silicon Valley Business Journal)… Instagram Mobile Ad Revenues to Reach $2.81 Billion Worldwide in 2017 (eMarketer)…

Local Tech Businesses Diversify to Serve a Wider Range of SMB Needs — But Do They Really Know Their Customers?

In the rush to diversify their offerings, single-product local tech companies either move horizontally (reaching out to all the markets that could remotely utilize their product) or, more often, vertically (seeking to cater to all the nuanced needs of a niche market).

What Merchants Need to Know About Apple Pay and Loyalty Apps

Having provided a window into the future of Apple Pay and Wallet, Apple recently left small businesses wondering about how to adapt their mobile strategies to stay competitive. Here’s how the changes could affect merchants.

Square Launches Payroll, Expanding Suite of Services for Small Businesses

As part of its push to become a comprehensive platform for small businesses, Square has launched a new payroll management service. The product is targeted particularly at SMBs that pay employees on an hourly basis, but it can also be used for those that have salaried staff.

Street Fight Daily: PayPal Acquires Xoom, ReachLocal Could Extend Yahoo Partnership

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… ReachLocal In Talks To Extend Yahoo Partnership Into Gemini Native Ads (Search Marketing Daily)… Zozi Raises $30 Million in Financing (New York Times)… Google Highlights Low Prices, Mimicking Amazon (Wall Street Journal)…

Street Fight Daily: AOL Takes Over Microsoft Display Ads, Uber Acquires Bing Mapping Assets

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… AOL in Deal With Microsoft to Take Over Display Ad Business (New York Times)… Uber Acquires Part Of Bing’s Mapping Assets, Will Absorb Around 100 Microsoft Employees (TechCrunch)… Toyota Gets Local, Uses Geo-Targeted Snapchat Ads (Ad Age)…

A Window Into the Office Culture at Square, From SFO to Tokyo

A growing company often means thousands of employees in offices around the world. Keeping those employees connected was a priority for Square, the small business software company headed up by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.

5 Cloud POS Alternatives to Windows XP for SMBs

Cloud-based POS systems are growing in popularity among all businesses, and particularly those in the SMB category. We’ve put together a list of five cloud POS solutions for SMBs that can no longer rely on Windows XP, complete with information about what makes each option unique…

LBMA Podcast: Google’s Location Aware Search, xAd’s ‘Meaning of Local’

On the show: Thync’s digital drug; Indoor Atlas partners with Aisle411; Marriott and Netflix Travel Brilliantly together; Nomadic Gifts brings back the carrier pigeon; Verve Mobile acquires Fosbury; Facebook gives away beacons…

Street Fight Daily: Google’s Mobile Web Ambitions, Routific Gives Tech to SMBs

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google Made A Secret Acquisition To Get You To Stop Using Apps Because It Makes Most Of Its Money From Search (Business Insider)… Routific’s Route Optimization Tools Help Local Businesses Offer On-Demand Delivery (TechCrunch)… Meet the Startup Drawing Maps for Foursquare, Pinterest and Mapquest (Fortune)

Street Fight Daily: Court Deals a Blow to Uber’s Biz Model, Airbnb Seeks $1 Billion

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… So, About that Uber Ruling (TechCrunch)… Airbnb Is Said to Seek $1 Billion More in Financing (New York Times)… Square’s Restaurant Delivery App Caviar Rolls Out Fastbite Service in New York (Venture Beat)…

Street Fight Daily: Square Eyes IPO, Thumbtack’s SEO Struggles

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Square Expected To Go Public This Year (Forbes)… Thumbtack, A Startup Backed by Google, Returns to Google’s Graces After SEO Hiccup (Re/code)… Dunkin’ Donuts CMO Discusses the Risky Move to Mobile Loyalty (AdAge)…

Street Fight Daily: Jack Dorsey’s New Gig, Uber’s Biggest Market

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Jack Dorsey, New Twitter Interim CEO, Will Remain Square’s CEO (Recode)… Uber is Raising $1B To Crack China, Soon to be its Largest Market Worldwide (TechCrunch)… Twitter Tests Out Location-based Search for Tweets, Photos, and Videos (Twitter)…

Case Study: Using Pre-Order Apps to Streamline Lunch Operations

Given its location in the mid-Market area of San Francisco, Alta CA has a unique clientele. The bustling neighborhood restaurant has customers who are willing to try out the latest apps and services, and as a result it’s become a sort-of testing ground for hyperlocal marketing solutions…

Street Fight Daily: New Google Search Ads, Pinterest Adds Buy Button

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google Search Ads Get A Lot Sexier With Sharp, Gorgeous Photos (Mashable)… Pinterest Launches the Buy Button (Recode)… Instagram to Open Its Photo Feed to Ads (New York Times)…

Openings and New Hires at Square, Google, Foursquare, Nextdoor and UpSnap

Every two weeks, Kelly Benish — who knows practically everyone in hyperlocal — covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. In this week’s edition, new jobs and hires at eLocal, Convirza, Web.com, Soleo, Gannett, and many more…