Hyperpublic provided a places API allowing you to search for local businesses, restaurants, points of interest, and landmarks as well as a deals and events API.
Hyperpublic will be shutting down their data services on 3/2/2012, and recommends CityGrid Places API as a replacement for their service.
With SimpleGeo and now Hyperpublic, its becoming clear that running a businesses providing places and business data is hard, and acquisition is often the future for these startups. This can create lots of problems for developers who are trying to build applications and sustainable businesses around places data.
Another lesson I take away from the Hyperpublic and SimpleGeo acquisition is that the space is hot! Local is definitely a good space to be in 2012.Business / Groupon / Hyperpublic / Offers / Places / SimpleGeo