LBMA Podcast: Walmart’s Simple Text Shopping Assistant, Walgreens Rewards Activity Tracking

On the show: Walmart’s Simple Text shopping assistant; Walgreens rewards customers for activity tracking; ordering pizza from the street courtesy of JCDeaux; LOCALīz from Bulzi; Droneports in Rwanda; Sunshine crowdsourced weather app; your opinion pays at Portland’s SamplingLab; using digital solutions to enhance the customer experience. Plus, news from RevTrax; Salvation Army; and eyeQ.

Street Fight Daily: Thumbtack Is Now a Unicorn, Amazon Leverages Existing On-Demand Workforce

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Thumbtack Becomes Latest Unicorn, Raises $125 Million at $1.25 Billion Valuation (Forbes)… Amazon Taps ‘On-Demand’ Workers for One-Hour Deliveries (Wall Street Journal)… Walmart Doubles Down on Online Grocery Shopping with Curbside Pickup (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Daily: Shopify Seizes on Facebook Updates, 56% of Millennials Expect Same-Day Shipping

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Shopify Opens Door for More Shopping on Facebook (Marketing Land)… If You Don’t Offer Same-Day Shipping, You’re Pissing Off 56 Percent of Millennials (Recode)… The Web-Tracking Tipping Point (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Daily: Google Goes After Robocallers in SEO Lawsuit, Apple Acquires Mapsense

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google Files Suit Against SEO Firm Accused of Robocalling, Launches Complaint Center for Users (Search Engine Land)… Apple Acquires Mapsense, a Mapping Visualization Startup (Recode)… Amazon’s Prime Now Expands to L.A., Ramps Up for SoCal Grocery Deliveries (TechCrunch)…

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)…

Street Fight Daily: Google Redesigns Maps, Walmart Searches Inside

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Google Maps gets better integration with Uber and OpenTable (Mashable)… Walmart Brings Product Search To The In-Store Experience (Search Engine Land)… Amazon Tries Out Taxi Deliveries In California Cities (CNBC)…

Street Fight Daily: Retailers Disable Apple Pay, Yelp Buys German Competitor

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyApple Pay Is Disabled by Rite Aid and CVS as a Rival Makes Plans (New York Times)… Yelp Buys Restaurant-Kritik To Expand Its Presence In Germany (TechCrunch)… Why NFC In The iPad Air 2 Is A Big Deal For Small Businesses (GigaOm)…

Street Fight Daily: Uber Looks to Driverless Cars, Datalogix Raises $45M

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyUber CEO: Self-Driving Cars Are the Future, Drivers Are Not (Recode)… Datalogix Raises $45M to Help Advertisers Track Offline Purchases (Adage)… Payments Firm Swipely Raises $20M More As Its Processing Tally Crosses The $2B Mark (TechCrunch)…

Walmart.com VP: For Consumers, The Digital Divide Does Not Exist

In the war to win the digital consumer, Walmart is betting that an all-of-the-above strategy will win out. During a speech at AdAge Digital in New York Tuesday, Brian Monahan, vice president of marketing at Walmart.com, said that world’s largest retailer remained committed to its brick-and-mortar stores and is focused on using technology to bridge the company’s digital and physical assets…

Street Fight Daily: Walmart Tests In-Store Pickup, LivingSocial’s Future

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.Walmart Begins Testing Online Grocery Shopping With Local Store Pickup Option In Denver (TechCrunch)… Despite Its Woes, CMO Barry Judge Sees A Future For LivingSocial (Forbes)… Google’s Newest Secret Weapon For Local Ads (Digiday)…

Street Fight Daily: GoDaddy Continues Buying Spree, Walmart Expands Same-Day Delivery

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyGoDaddy on an Acquisition Tear: Five Companies Since February (Screenwerk)… Walmart Expands Same-Day Grocery Delivery To Denver (TechCrunch)… Savings.com Launches Favado Mobile App, Aims To Solve Grocery Savings Once And For All (PandoDaily)…

Street Fight Daily: Yelp Fires Back, Walmart Banks on Mobile In-Store

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Yelp Fires Back at Small Business Extortion Claims, Says It’s Not, and ‘Never has Been’, true (TheNextWeb)… Walmart Exec: Mobile Can Revive Personal Touch for Shoppers(CNet)… Square Expands into Asia With Japan Launch (AllThingsD)…

Case Study: Walmart Expands Mobile Efforts With Scan & Go App

The retail giant isn’t trying to dissuade customers from using their smartphones while they shop. In fact, the retailer is beefing up the carrier signals inside its stores to make it easier for customers to get online. Instead, the company is combating the threat of showrooming by encouraging customers to fill their screens with its own mobile application.

Street Fight Daily: Glympse Invades the Dash, LivingSocial Settles Suit

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Glympse Brings Its Location Sharing to BMW and MINI Vehicles (New York Times)… LivingSocial Ordered to Pay $4.1 Million To Settle Class Action Suit (Fast Company)… New Yelp Revenue Estimate Feature Misleads Merchants (CoPilot)…

Street Fight Daily: Pinterest Buys Livestar, Starbucks’ Shoddy Square Rollout

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Pinterest Acquires Local Recommendation App Livestar (AllThingsD)… Starbuck’s Shoddy Square Rollout Baffles Baristas, Confuses Customers (Fast Company)… Yelp: Study Says Our SMB Advertisers Make $23K More per Year (Screenwerk)…

Street Fight Daily: Village Voice Sold, Groupon Cuts Loom

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Village Voice Media Execs Acquire The Company’s Famed Alt Weeklies, Form New Holding Company (TechCrunch)… As Groupon’s New Operations Czar Seeks to Streamline, Job Cuts Loom (Crain’s Chicago Business)… Local Search Cage Match: Google Vs. Apple Maps (And Siri) (Search Engine Land)…

Report: Retail Check-Ins Most Popular on Saturday Afternoons

Shoppers in America check in on the weekends. A new study from LocalResponse finds that the hour between 2 and 2:59 p.m. on Saturday is when the most check-ins happen at retail stores. Meanwhile, Friday — led by a strong push at night — trumped Sunday as the second-most checked in day.

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Offers, Groupon Editor Exits

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Facebook Adds Barcodes, New Ad-Buy Rider To Its Offers Coupon Product (TechCrunch)… Groupon Loses Managing Editor to Sun-Times Parent Wrapports (Romenesko)… Trulia Stock Pops on Opening Day (Wired)…

Street Fight Daily: Retailers Get Into Mobile Payments, Holovaty Out at EveryBlock

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology... Target, Walmart and Co.: Why Leave Mobile Payments to Others? (GigaOm)… Did Yelp and TripAdvisor Push Google to Compete? (New York Times/Bits)… Founder Adrian Holovaty Leaving EveryBlock After 5 Years (Holovaty.com)…

Street Fight Daily: 12.05.11

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups...

Living Social Beta Tests Premium Membership Program (Local Onliner)

Walmart Had a Pretty Good Foursquare Black Friday (Ad Age)

Yipit Secretly Tests Its New Foursquare Integration (TheNext Web)