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With Abraham Out, What’s Next for eBay Local?

Steven Jacobs

With Abraham Out, What’s Next for eBay Local?

Earlier this week eBay announced that it had parted ways with Jack Abraham, the founder of Milo (which eBay acquired two years ago) and a centerpiece of the web giant’s blistering push into the local space. Abraham’s departure leaves a vacancy at one of the more important positions in the hyperlocal ecosystem and presents questions about the evolving structure of eBay’s off-line commerce efforts….

For Daily Deals Sites, It’s Evolve or Die

Victor Wong

For Daily Deals Sites, It’s Evolve or Die

Today’s daily deal sites are experimenting with every variation and vertical for their offerings — they know that not only is disruption on the horizon, but their own expiration date is as well. And it won’t be a new entrant into the deals space that ends them; instead it will likely be a very familiar brand entering local advertising: Google, PayPal, Square, or one of the other numerous payment services companies…

Will eBay Be the Next Giant in Local?

Mike Boland

Will eBay Be the Next Giant in Local?

It’s not just about where users are spatially, or what device they’re on. It’s a function of where they are in the proverbial purchase funnel — the increasingly convoluted path between offline and offline worlds that leads from awareness to purchase. “The boundaries between the physical and digital world have disappeared, says WHERE’s Walt Doyle, “and the purchase funnel has become a purchase pretzel.”

Geo-Location Across Cultures: How Language Defines Place

David Sims

Geo-Location Across Cultures: How Language Defines Place

At Where 2012, Ibidon chief executive Robert Munro will examine differences in how people express place, distance, and space among the world’s 5,000-plus languages. These are differences that location-aware app designers will have to pay attention to as the world’s data becomes less and less predominantly English…

Three Years After Its Launch, Foursquare Works to Become a Business

Steven Jacobs

Three Years After Its Launch, Foursquare Works to Become a Business

Three years ago this morning, Foursquare launched what one pundit called its “where-am-I-now app” at SXSW – the name did not stick. Since its launch, the location-based service has attracted over 20 million users and upwards of 750,000 merchants, has outflanked a company worth $94 billion in the location space, and crushed a competitor that was sold to said company for its parts…

Where eBay Gets Local

Laura Rich

Where eBay Gets Local

The single-best deal, assertion, investment or other strategy of the week

Who: eBay…

What for: Buying location-based service and ad network Where…

“Local commerce companies like Where are blurring the lines between in-store and online shopping. By giving people hyper-local, relevant retailer information and deals on their mobile phones, we see a huge opportunity for local merchants to reach more buyers, and for consumers to get more choice and value when they shop.” Amanda Pires, eBay

Street Fight Daily: 04.21.11

David Hirschman

Street Fight Daily: 04.21.11

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups… EBay is buying location-based service and ad network WHERE in a deal that gives it added ability to drive more local and offline commerce. (GigaOm)… Foursquare has grown to almost 10 million users by connecting them to where they are now. But the company now will focus on the future movements of its users, said Dennis Crowley.(GigaOm)… Whatser, the location-based service that lets users share their favorite locations with friends, is launching a “marketing platform” in which local merchants and brands can “claim” a location that they operate and then communicate with users. (TechCrunch)…

WHERE Helps You Bump Into a Perfect Place

Rick Robinson

WHERE Helps You Bump Into a Perfect Place

Ever debated about where to go and what to do? Sure you have. Where once you had to leave it to your brain and powers of persuasion you can now, finally, leave it to a machine. (And maybe a “bump”.)

That machine, evolved today by WHERE, Inc., is known as Perfect Places (seems every startup’s got “Place” in their name somewhere these days) which aims to help you and friends peacefully find cool things to do together by recommending nearby venues based on shared interests or tastes. This is a further improvement of WHERE’s proprietary recommendation engine, in use by four million people…