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Apple Joins the Local Wars: Classifieds and Coupons Next?

Apple finally made some moves into the local mapping wars last week with the purchase of Locationary, which helps find business locations, and HopStop, which provides transit maps and travel suggestions. We'll go out on a limb and predict that…

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Local Mass Transit Sites Benefit From Storm Chaos

Hurricane Sandy forced millions of North-easterners out of their travel routines, closing down regular transit routes and services. It also spurred a boomlet in online and mobile searches for alternative transit, as well as weather. HopStop, a 20 person, four-year-old…

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It’s All Local: Why Apple Has to Get Maps Right

As the New York Times noted this morning, Apple’s initial iOS6 foray into mobile maps has been greeted with a thumbs down by iPhone 5 reviewers, who prefer the polished Google Maps experience that was the prior default. But maps…

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Amazon Gets Into Maps and Directories Via UpNext

Amazon has reportedly purchased UpNext, the five-year-old, 3-D mapping and directory service that now provides "clickable building"-oriented maps for more than 50 cities, including 23 that are enhanced in depth. The service has experimented with a number of features, including…

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HelloMetro: Neighborhood Relevancy Boosts Usage

Sorting content by neighborhoods and ZIP codes can boost usage considerably, as HelloMetro recently discovered. The 10-year-old city guide gets more than 6 million monthly unique visitors and has 1,500 local sites. In a case study published today, it said…

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Yell Updates IYP, Goes More Visual

U.K. directory publisher Yell is launching an overall redesign to its online directory today that follows the trend of building an immersive online Yellow Pages experience. The new site includes 3-D maps and street cam. Working with partners C3 and…

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EveryScape Secures $6M Funding Round

EveryScape, a Massachusetts-based company that offers an immersive local search experience, has secured a new $6 million funding round. We see this as a sign of confidence that the model EveryScape is pursuing -- creating a virtual local search experience…

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Yell Launches Proprietary Mapping Service

Yell.com has decided to forgo partnering on maps with Google, Microsoft or other potential competitors in favor of building its own propriety map product. The U.K.'s largest directory publisher unveiled a beta version of the Yell Maps product this week.…

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ILM:09: Mapping for Online Success

Mapping has become less about radius of where you are and more about what people define as local, how far people are willing to travel and the importance of certain events or locations in their community. While the advertising paradigm…

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Wedding Mapper Provides Customized Maps, Targeted Ads

Selling advertising on customized Google Maps is becoming increasingly common, with agencies such as LAT49 showing the way. Ads have been sold on maps for hiking, jogging trails, local transit and other categories. Now Wedding Mapper is taking the same…

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MapQuest Gets Into the Egg Hunting Business

MapQuest launched a feature that lets those celebrating Easter find the closest Easter egg hunts. These include formal hunts for the general public (search technology hasn't reached the point of indexing private backyard events). It's an interesting integration of local…

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Google’s 10-Pack: Now With More Local

Local SEO guru Andrew Shotland just alerted me to the fact that Google is now serving the local "10 pack" in searches that don't include geographic modifiers (original discovery by Google Maps expert Mike Blumenthal). For those unfamiliar, the 10…

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