Street Fight Daily: Shopper Intent and Location, Brands Tap Pokémon Go

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… flok Launches Chatbots to Bolster Customer Engagement for Local Businesses… Can Insights on Shopper Intent Improve Location Data?… This Brand Found a Clever Way to Connect with Pokémon Go Players…

Street Fight Daily: Foursquare Debuts Attribution Dashboard, MyTaxi Merges with Hailo

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Foursquare Debuts a Dashboard for its Foot Traffic Measurement System… MyTaxi Reportedly to Merge with Hailo in Bid to Compete with Uber… Verizon-Yahoo Deal is the Best Possible Outcome for Consumers and Marketers…

Street Fight Daily: Verizon Acquires Yahoo, Retailers Leverage Instagram for Loyalty

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Yahoo Cuts $4.8 Billion Deal to Sell Core Business to Verizon… How Retailers Like Michael Kors Are Turning Instagram Into a Customer-Loyalty Vehicle… Retail Emails Lead to Quick Sales…

Street Fight Daily: Uber Launches Advance Scheduling, Verizon-Yahoo Plot Thickens

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Uber Begins Letting Passengers Schedule Rides Up to 30 Days in Advance… Verizon Might Have to Pay for More Pieces of Yahoo Than It Wants… Attention Facebook and Google: Apple is Selling Mobile App Ads Now, Too…

Street Fight Daily: Foursquare’s Swarm Offers Check-in Rewards, Yahoo Debuts Chatbots

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Foursquare’s Swarm Now Rewards You for Check-Ins… Yahoo Enters the World of Chatbots… Google is Bringing New Ad Types to AMP…

Street Fight Daily: Verizon and Google’s Yahoo Bids, Foursquare President on Data Accuracy

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Verizon to Proceed With Yahoo Bid, Google Weighs Offer (Bloomberg)… The Right Questions to Ask About Location Data Accuracy (eMarketer)… Facebook Is Testing Weather Alerts on Mobile (The Next Web)…

Street Fight Daily: Tim Armstrong’s AOL Goals, Square Launches New Payments Tools

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… AOL’s Tim Armstrong Aims to Build Digital-Ad Empire at Verizon (Wall Street Journal)… Square Has a New Growth Hack to Increase Its Payment Processing Volume (Recode)… Car-Pooling Helps Uber Go the Extra Mile (New York Times)…

Street Fight Daily: Verizon Fined By FCC for Tracking Consumers, Will Google+ Be Resurrected?

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… FCC Drops the Hammer on Verizon Over ‘Supercookie’ Usage (The Next Web)… Founder of 4chan Joins Google, Presumably to Work on Google+ (Ars Technica)… Facebook’s Trojan Horse Commerce Strategy (Recode)…

Street Fight Daily: AOL’s CEO Reportedly Leading Verizon/Yahoo Talks, Yelp’s Earnings Leak Early

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Verizon Said to Enlist AOL CEO Armstrong to Explore Yahoo Deal (Bloomberg)… Yelp’s Earnings Report Leaks, Reveals CFO Is Stepping Down (Fast Company)… Factual Enables Private Marketplace Deals with InMobi, Rubicon (GeoMarketing)…

Street Fight Daily: Foursquare’s New Plan, Tech’s Dominating ‘Frightful 5’

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Foursquare’s Plan to Use Your Data to Make Money — Even if You Aren’t a User (Wired)… Tech’s ‘Frightful 5’ Will Dominate Digital Life for Foreseeable Future (New York Times)… What’s Next For Lead Generation? (TechCrunch)…

Top 5 Exits in Local Tech of 2015

The local technology space saw plenty of M&A activity in 2015 and remains poised for another busy year in 2016. Rampant expansion of certain areas such as on-demand services and delivery apps makes further consolidation likely. The startup scene saw its share of healthy — if not billion-dollar — exits as well. Here’s a recap of the five of the biggest exits in the local tech industry in 2015.

PlaceIQ Teams Up with IRI to Tackle Online-to-Offline Attribution

Marketers face a number of big challenges today. One is pinpointing their audiences as they move from device to device — and then from platform to platform on those different devices. Another is making sense all of the data consumers generate in the scores of micro-interactions they have every day across the devices and platforms they use. A third is online-to-offline attribution. The partnership with IRI that PlaceIQ announced today is a step toward tackling these hurdles.

Street Fight Daily: Amazon Launches Etsy Competitor, Controversial Verizon ‘Supercookie’ Is Back

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Amazon Challenges Etsy with Strictly Handmade Marketplace (New York Times)… Verizon to Combine Its ‘Supercookie’ Data with AOL for Online and Mobile Targeting (Marketing Land)… Why a Twitter/Square Hookup Would Make Sense for SMBs (AdExchanger)…

LBMA Podcast: Apple Buys Mapsense, Wycombe Wanderers Outfits Players with GPS Trackers, Zonetail Raises $2.3 Million

On the show: Apple buys Mapsense; Wycombe Wanderers outfits players with GPS trackers; Pokemon GO brings game to the physical world; Zonetail raises $2.3M; Where2GetIt becomes Brandify. Plus, news from Under Armour, Sports Authority, and MapMyFitness; Socialgist and Foursquare; and AdMobilize and Verizon.

Europe’s adsquare Unlocks More Data in New ‘Marketplace’ for Hyper-Contextual Advertising

For brands and retailers, it’s evident that the battle to win customers will be fought with data — lots of it. But more data could also be too much of a good thing. A new self-service offering from Berlin-based adsquare aims to help advertisers “navigate the data deluge.”

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: Yelp CEO on Google’s ‘Search Monopoly,’ In-Depth Look at Jet

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google Goes After the App Interstitial: Protecting Consumers or Its Own Search Monopoly? (Search Engine Land)… Investors Have Poured More Than $220 Million Into This Man’s Plan to Beat Amazon (Business Insider)… Uber is Laying the Groundwork for Perpetual Rides in San Francisco (BuzzFeed)…

Tomorrowland: How AOL’s Digital City Foreshadowed More Than the Future of Local

Creating and operating city guides for all major U.S. markets turned out to be something of a cover. What we were really doing was running a skunkworks project with few boundaries on creativity — where success or “failing-fast” were not the goals…

Verizon Now Owns an Ad Tech Company — Here’s What It Means for Local

We caught up with a handful of ad tech executives to breakdown the news and evaluate the potential impact of the a Verizon-AOL tie-up on the mobile, and particularly, local ad tech sector.

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Adds Calls, Macy’s ‘Digical’ Strategy

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… These New Facebook Ads Come With a Call Button to Ring Up Businesses (AdWeek)… Macy’s Embraces a ‘Digical’ World (AdAge)… Google Continues Debranding Local – Google Maps App Becoming Local’s Forward Facing Brand (Blumenthals)…