The Role of Directories in the New Local Ecosystem

Marissa Mayer’s announcement that Yahoo would be moving its focus away from local search, along with some other significant factors in the developing local ecosystem, calls into question the continued viability of a robust marketplace of local directory and search sites. Here are a few harbingers of a potentially more consolidated future…

Street Fight Daily: Urbantag Acquired, OpenTable Optimizes Mobile

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Social Network Tagged’s Fifth Acquisition: Location-Based Mobile Discovery App Urbantag (TechCrunch)… OpenTable Helping Restaurants to Lift Last-Minute Reservations on the Phone(AllThingsD)… A Waze Ahead of Apple in Map Race (AdWeek)…

Waze Highlights Inconsistencies in Local Data

There are too many different ways to categorize businesses, and none of them represents a unified standard for online search. Such a standard if widely implemented would make all businesses categorized as grocery stores line up neatly with each other and would provide a significant boost in overall relevancy…

iPhone 5: What Passbook and Maps Could Mean for Hyperlocal

Apple is set to announce the iPhone 5 during a press event in San Francisco later today, and with it, a set of features that could deeply impact the hyperlocal ecosystem. Maps and Passbook have the potential to become core, high-growth platforms within the hyperlocal industry, and the deeper integration of Siri could move the needle in local search…

Street Fight Daily: ‘Daily Deals’ Profit, Yelp Surges

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Report: Most Daily Deals Now Profitable for SMBs, but Not Restaurants (Screenwerk)… Yelp Rises on Speculation of Smaller iPad (Bloomberg)… Community-Powered Traffic Navigation App Waze Hits 20 Million Users, Doubles Up in 6 Months (The Next Web)…

Street Fight Daily: Twitter Localizes Trends, 10M Placecast Users

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology...

Twitter Launches Tailored Trends Based on Location, Who You Follow (TechCrunch)…

Waze And Others Contributing to Apple’s iOS 6 Maps’ Crowd Sourced Traffic Data (TechCrunch)…

Missing the Point on Paywalls (CJR)…