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Placeblogger is a site that aggregates and organizes content from local blogs.
The site, founded by Boston-area blogger Lisa Williams in 2007, allows users to create specialized feeds and maps of local blogs. The site has a database of blogs sorted into designated market areas for advertisers, as well as a service to help license local blog content. In 2009, Placeblogger redesigned its site to encourage more personal interaction.
Placeblogger received $222,000 in startup funding from the Knight Foundation through its News Challenge in 2007.
Bayosphere was a short-lived user-driven local news site in San Francisco. Bayosphere was launched in 2005 by former San Jose Mercury News columnist Dan Gillmor and Michael Goff and received investment funding from Mitch Kapor and the Omidyar Network. Gillmor shut the site down in January 2006, and the site was bought later that year…