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The Batavian is an online local news organization run by Howard Owens in Batavia, N.Y.
Owens, who helped start the site as a GateHouse executive, left the company to take the Batavian over in February 2009. The for-profit site is free and supported by advertising.
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…