#SFSNYC: Button, Urgent.ly, and Pager on Whether or Not On-Demand is Really Necessary in Local Commerce

Of all the changes mobile has wrought, on-demand arguably has made the biggest splash. The emergence of companies offering products and services immediately, with only a tap or two of a phone or tablet screen, is pushing incumbents to change their business models to stay on top of their industries. Three of these young-gun threats — Button, Urgent.ly, and Pager — made an appearance at the Street Fight Summit, speaking on a panel about on-demand in local commerce.

LBMA Podcast: Samsung Buys LoopPay, Skoda Uses AR for Sales

On the show: Beijing Municipal Administration launching wearable transit passes; Smartstones touch; Branch Out launches digital detox movement; Travel by helicopter with Gotham Air; Urgent.ly trying to be the Uber for tow trucks; Mattel and Google are bringing back the Viewmaster…

Street Fight Daily: Snapchat Tests Local, Yelp Sues Reputation Firm

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…… Snapchat Tries Our Stories For Locals Only (TechCrunch)… Yelp Sues Positive Review Provider Revleap (IT World)… Same-Day Delivery: Delivering Profits Or Just Parcels? (Forrester)..

Hyperlocal Execs’ 2015 Predictions (Part Two): Cir.cl, xAd, Yodle, VendAsta

As we have for the past three years, Street Fight recently asked a number of hyperlocal luminaries to weigh in with their predictions for where local is headed in 2015. We ran the first installment of their responses yesterday — now here are the rest…

Street Fight Daily: Revel Raises $100M, Groupon Splits App

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Revel Lands A Whopping $100m To Put Another Nail In Cash Registers’ Coffins (VentureBeat)… Groupon, Too, Turns to Multiple Apps (New York Times)… Small Business Lending Platform On Deck Files For IPO Valued At Up To $150 Million (Fox Business)…

What Roadside Assistance Can Tell Us About the Future of Local Search

Urgently, a Washington D.C. startup, has built an application that allows drivers to request, and pay for, a nearby tow truck or automotive technician, and then track the provider as they come to their destination. The service is one of handful new companies, which are working to apply the on-demand model developed by the taxi hailing company Uber to a range of traditionally offline, and often backwater industries, like repair.