Begun, the Mobile Payment Wars Have

A new consortium of mobile carriers has announced it will launch a mobile payments platform known as ISIS. With the tagline "Wallet ... meet Phone," it plans to launch in the next 18 months (really?). The press release and Web…

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Shopkick Extends Retail Reach With Target Deal

A few weeks ago, we wrote about a briefing with Shopkick's product director Evan Tana. The upcoming ILM:10 conference speaker explained the strategy to build a shopping utility around check-ins and customer engagement for retail partners like Best Buy. Another thing…

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Google Hotpot: The Mobile Angle

Over on our Local Media blog, we cover Google's new "Hotpot" product. It essentially adds a social layer to local search, allowing users to connect to friends (Gmail contacts). Merchant ratings from you and your friends then govern personalized recommendations in…

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ILM Mobile SuperForum Slated and Ready

We've been busy putting together a solid lineup of speakers at our upcoming Interactive Local Media conference (Dec 7-9). Spotlighted will be two SuperForums on hot topics in the local media space: Mobile, and Daily Deals/Group buying. The SuperForum format,…

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Cool Item of the Day: Geo-tweet Map

From the Friday cool stuff dept., the folks at prolific design house Frog Design have built a real time heat map of geotagged tweet activity across the globe. Twitter was first to geotag "status" but hasn't done a lot with…

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