Local M&A Activity Hits $7.2 Billion In First Half of 2013

Whether it’s through acquisition or investment, money keeps flowing into the local space. The first half of 2013 saw total investment activity, which includes both M&A and private financing, grow from a year earlier, as the number of deals stayed flat but total reported deal value jumped from $5.2 billion to $7.2 billion over the same period, according to a new report from BIA/Kelsey…

LBMA Podcast: Apple Making Social Maps, YuMe’s Targeted Video Ads

In this week’s episode, Apple is creating a Waze of their own; France rocks biometric payments and IBM’s Smarter Cities billboards; and tracking moods through facial expressions to sell cosmetics. SolveMedia and Unilever brand the captcha. Plus special guest Krina Patel of Ingenious Med…

Street Fight Daily: Patch Editors Concerned, Apple Patents Waze Alternative

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyPatch Editor:’From What I See On The Ground, We Are On Our Last Legs’ (Romenesko)… Apple Details Waze-like Crowd-sourced Route Ratings For Real-Time Traffic Alerts in Maps (9to5 Mac)… Location Tracking App Glympse Links With Evernote To Let Users Archive Their Trails (TechCrunch)… Location Tracking App Glympse Links With Evernote To Let Users Archive Their Trails (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Daily: FTC Reviews Waze Deal, Twitter Developing Hyperlocal Ads

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyGoogle Confirms Antitrust Review of Waze Deal(Wall Street Journal)… Twitter is Developing Geo-Targeted Ads for Retailers (AdAge)… Paton: ‘Bad CEOs and Worse Editors’ Are Trying To ‘Kill Our Future’()…

LBMA Podcast: The ‘SoLoMo Movement’ and the Power of Context

In this week’s episode, Google wins the battle for Waze; Pandora thinks like an upstart and buys a radio station; iOS7 gets into location-based app recommendations; Coca-Cola partners with Spotify for PlaceLists. The resource of the week is “Contagious” by Jonah Berger, plus special guest Paul Mabray, founder of VinTank…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Reaches 1M Advertisers, Waze Deal May Invite Scrunity

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyFacebook Reaches 1 Million Active Advertisers As Small Businesses Adopt (Reuters)… Google’s Effort to Skirt Regulation May Invite More Scrutiny (New York Times)… Groupon Pivots Amid Management Upheaval, Lagging Stock Price (AdAge)…

Street Fight Daily: Square Redesigns Wallet, Why Facebook Passed on Waze

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Square Wallet Gets a Major Redesign (CNet)… In Passing on Waze, Did Facebook Make a Big Mistake or the Right Call? (AllThingsD)… Foursquare Tries To Find Revenue By Turning Your Data Into A Samsung Galaxy S4 Ad (TechCrunch)…

The NSA’s PRISM Revelations and Hyperlocal Targeting

Hyperlocal companies rely on the data that consumers knowingly share in order to build profiles and serve them with the most relevant information — but would consumers still assent to this sharing if they truly understood everything that is being done with their digital data?

Street Fight Daily: Gannett Buys Belo, Patch Traffic Flat

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Patch has Proved To Be a $200 Million Money-Suck for AOL and Its Traffic Hasn’t Grown In a Year.(Business Insider)… Why Google Bought Waze (Prioleau Advisor)… ComScore: 4 Billion Local Searches in May (Screenwerk)…

Street Fight Daily: Google Buys Waze, UBL Snaps Up Local Incite

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Why Google Wanted Waze: The Local Ad Market Is Going Mobile (AdAge)… UBL Acquires Local Incite – Adds Chicago Presence (UBL)… HP and Google Team Up to Offer Small Businesses “IT in a Box” (AllThingsD)…

Street Fight Daily: Apple Moves iOS Into Car, Yelp Revamps Nearby

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Apple Announces ‘iOS in the Car,’ Offers Access to Maps, Messages, and More (Verge)… Just like Foursquare, Yelp Now Recommending Nearby Places (CNet)… Mobile Companies Crave Maps That Live and Breath With Data (New York Times)…

Street Fight Daily: Google Close to Acquiring Waze, Why Yahoo Should Buy Foursquare

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Google Is Close to Acquiring Waze, a Rival in Maps (New York Times)… Checklist: All the reasons Yahoo is going to acquire Foursquare (Quartz)… Call It Groupon 3.0: Deals giant on a Mobile Mission (Crain’s Chicago Business)…

Waze VP: What Search Did for the Internet, Maps Will Do for Mobile

As the local market readjusts to a mobile-first world, executives from Waze, ESRI, and Placed discussed the role of mobile analytics and mapping in a changed scenario at a panel discussion during the Street Fight Summit West in San Francisco Tuesday…

Street Fight Daily: Waze Gets Social with Facebook, Spun Upgrades News App

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Postmates’ Local Delivery Service Hits New York City (HuffingtonPost)… Waze Mapping App Gets a Little More Social with Facebook Events (VentureBeat)… 70% Of Mobile QSR Campaigns Use Location Targeting (MediaPost)…

Street Fight Daily: Waze Talks Collapse, Wikipedia Launches ‘Nearby’

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Facebook Acquisition Talks With Waze Fall Apart (AllThingsD)… Wikipedia Debuts ‘Nearby’ Feature to Find Pages Around You (VentureBeat)… As Software Trumps Hardware In The World Of Payments, VeriFone Partners With CardSpring For Card-Linked Services (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Daily: Google Personalizing Maps, Square Aims High

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Google’s Plan to Personalize Maps Could End Public Space as We Know It (Slate)… Square Is the Shape of Things to Come, Says Jack Dorsey (Telegraph)… Why Waze Is a Hot Takeover Target (CNN/Money)…

Street Fight Daily: Google Eyes Waze, Postmates Looks to NYC

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology... Google Said to Consider Buying Waze (Bloomberg)… On-Demand Delivery Startup Postmates Preparing for NYC Launch (TechCrunch)… INFOGRAPHIC: How Location Data Is Being Collected And Transforming The Mobile Industry (Business Insider)…

Waze Builds Out Traffic Maps to Add Context in Location

Andy Ellwood, the company’s senior director of business development, will be appearing on a panel at Street Fight Summit West in a couple of weeks in San Francisco to talk about how the future of mapping tech plays into hyperlocal marketing. Street Fight caught up with him recently to talk about how Waze makes money, the vitality of context, and fighting off Google…

Street Fight Daily: Seamless GrubHub Merge, Wanderful Media Raises $9M

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.GrubHub, Seamless, and the Importance of the Purchase (Bloomberg Businessweek)… Newspaper Companies Invest Another $9M In Local Deal Startup Wanderful Media (TechCrunch)… What Patch Employees Were Told During the Friday Evening Conference Call (Romenesko)…

Street Fight Daily: Square Unveils New Hardware, PayPal Offers Cash for Registers

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Square Unveils Hardware for iPad Registers (New York Times)… PayPal’s Cash For Registers Tries To Outdo Square And Groupon With Its Own Bid To Rule The Register (TechCrunch)… Facebook, Waze at Odds Over Liquidation (Business Insider)…