Some big players like Google, AOL, and the New York Times all began working on different strategies for hyperlocal news sites. In February of 2010, AOL announced the launch of Patch.com, a site that has plans to build over 500 micro-websites within the Patch.com domain that will focus on the news in small towns and communities. AOL’s recent partnership with online news site, Huffington Post, and its acquisition of Outside.in, a local news aggregator suggest that AOL hasn’t written off hyperlocal ventures just yet. At the same time other companies like DataSphere have also launched 300 hyperlocal news sites and have plans for another 1200 by the end of 2010, suggesting that many companies still think that there is opportunity. Below is a map that includes a fairly comprehensive collection of Patch and Lion (Local Independently Owned Online News) sites.

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