amazon_logo_RGBA roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…

Amazon Is About to Launch in a New $80 Billion Market (Business Insider)
The online retail giant is gearing up to launch its own own-brand foodstuffs for the first time “as soon as the end of the month.” These “private-label brands” will reportedly be called things like “Happy Belly” (including nuts, tea, oil), “Wickedly Prime” (snacks and treats), and “Mama Bear” (baby products). But they are designed and created by Amazon, with all the profits going straight to the company.

Homebrew VC Wants to Build Out Startups That Bring Value to Location (Street Fight)
The San Francisco-based firm has built up an impressive roster of investments in seed stage companies focused on the “bottom-up economy.” Co-founders Hunter Walk and Satya Patel met working at Google and have a particular interest in seeing businesses advance in tech and value-added location services.

Uber’s Ride-Sharing Dominance

[Read the full story here ]
Source: Street Fight