Street Fight Daily: Voice-Enabled Speaker Usage to Grow 130% in 2017, TripAdvisor Partners With GrubHub

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Voice-Enabled Speaker Usage to Grow Nearly 130% This Year… TripAdvisor Embraces Online Food Delivery with GrubHub Integration… As IPOs Pick Up, Big Startups Hold Out…

Street Fight Daily: Uber Launches Self-Driving Cars in SF, Yelp Starts Cash-Back Program

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Uber Takes Self-Driving Cars to San Francisco… Yelp Launches Cash-Back Program… Can Google’s User Reviews of Local Businesses Beat TripAdvisor At Its Own Game?…

Street Fight Daily: Inside the Self-Driving Uber Experience, Billy Penn’s Sister Site Launches

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Uber Starts Self-Driving Car Pickups in Pittsburgh: Here’s a Peek Into the Experience… The Incline, Billy Penn’s New Sister Site, Launches in Pittsburgh… Amazon’s Echo Is Finally Being Released in the UK and Germany…

Street Fight Daily: Reassessing Ride-Sharing’s Hold on Consumers, Facebook’s Publishing Disruption

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Reassessing Ride-Sharing’s Relationship with Consumers… Facebook, Header Bidding, and the Fight for Control of the Publisher Ecosystem… These 11 Brands Are Already Using Instagram’s Latest Feature…

TripAdvisor Acquires Social Mapping Service CityMaps

TripAdvisor has announced the acquisition of New York-based social mapping startup CityMaps. The company launched in 2010 as map-based aggregator of third-party data and later evolved into a navigational tool and guide for travelers. TripAdvisor spokesman said the company will continue to operate as a standalone business.

Online Reviews Providing Insights That Help Brands Compete

The evidence is in. Reviews on social media have a material impact on the capital investments made by nationwide brands. The key is strength in numbers: A national brand will be more likely to have the critical mass of reviews required in order to move beyond anecdotal evidence and glean statistically significant results.

How SMBs Can Boost Their Online Reviews Without Breaking the Bank

Online reviews play an increasingly important role in helping local businesses stand out from the competition. But getting that strong rating on Yelp – or TripAdvisor, Google Plus, or Foursquare – requires a concerted effort on the part of the local business and its marketing partners. Here are some steps that can help earn a few more five-star votes.

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: Payments App CurrentC Ready For Trial Run, TripAdvisor Transformed

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Retailers’ Answer to Apple Pay Is Said to Hit Stores in August (Bloomberg)… Get Ready For the ‘Big One’ (GeoMarketing)… TripAdvisor Transformed: The Booking Site Is Now in Full Swing (Skift)…

Street Fight Daily: Yahoo Files for Alibaba Spinoff, Google Scoops Up Homejoy Staff

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Yahoo Files for Alibaba Spinoff, Though Tax Issues Linger (New York Times)… Google Is Getting Into the Home Services Market With Hire of Homejoy Staff (The Next Web)… TripAdvisor Taking on Airbnb? (Travel Trends)…

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)…

Street Fight Daily: Groupon Nears Big Deal, SMBs Balk at Social

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… KKR Investor Group Nears Deal for Ticket Monster (Wall Street Journal)… Small Businesses Are So-So About Social (eMarketer)… Linking Digital Ads To In-Store Visits Continues To Spread: Tapad, Placed Ink Dea (MediaPost)…

Street Fight Daily: Apple Maps Adds TripAdvisor, Crowdfunding Local News

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Apple Maps Now Includes Hotel Reviews From TripAdvisor and Booking.com (MacRumors)… What Works For Crowdfunding Local News (Medium)… SeatGeek Raises $62 Million In A Series C Led By Technology Crossover Ventures (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Messages Businesses, Amazon’s Angie’s List Killer

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Do Facebook Users Really Want To Chat With Businesses? (Fortune)… Amazon’s On-Demand Services Marketplace Launches Monday (TechCrunch)… Google Launches Major Push To Get Local Businesses Online, Improve Data (Search Engine Land)…

Street Fight Daily: FTC Considered Google Suit, Sears Bets on Inventory Ads

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… FTC Staff Wanted to Sue Google for Ripping Off TripAdvisor and Yelp (Skift)… Has Google Perfected the Retail Search Ad With Its Local Inventory Offering (AdWeek)… 45% Of Offline Retail Sales Will Be Web-Influenced By 2020 (Forrester)…

Street Fight Daily: Pinterest’s $11B Valuation, Google Now Opens Up

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Pinterest Raises $367 Million, Pushing It Past $1 Billion Raised In All (TechCrunch)… An Open Google Now Is About To Make Android Super Smart (Wired)… Google Maps Upends Primary Data Suppliers – YP.CA Is Out (Blumenthal)…

Street Fight Daily: Google’s New Payment Project, Real Estate’s Digital Decline

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Google Said To Be Testing A Point-of-sale System Called Plaso (GigaOm)… Borrell: Real Estate To Scale Back On Digital (NetNewCheck)… An Attribution Standard? IPG, Horizon, Digitas and Others Agree to Use One Firm (AdAge)…

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)…

Street Fight Daily: TripAdvisor Fined in Italy, Uber CEO Indicted in Korea

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…TripAdvisor Fined $610,000 in Italy for Failing to Prevent Fake Reviews (New York Times)… South Korea Charges Uber CEO With Breaking Transport Law (Recode)… How The Digital Wallet Will Drive Mobile Commerce in 2015 (ReadWrite)…

Street Fight Daily: Comcast Expands Everyblock, Bing Books With TripAdvisor

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Comcast Expands Reach Of Hyperlocal Info Service (Multichannel)… Bing Rolls Out International Hotel Booking Feature & Updates Mobile Search Results (Search Engine Land)… Patent Fulfilled: Apple’s new iOS 8 Location-Based Passbook (Patently Apple)…