This story was originally published June 5, and has been corrected to reflect the fact Gowalla was acqui-hired by Facebook, in 2011, then shut down. TheStreet regrets this error.
Goldman spoke at a investment conference, and continued to sound the horn that Yahoo! is not done acquiring companies in the mobile space. He noted "localization of the space," which sounds an awful lot like check-in services.I've opined before that Yahoo! would acquire Yelp (YELP - Get Report), which not only lets people check in to restaurants, stores and local businesses, but also provides search and content. Mayer has continuously alluded to the fact that Yahoo! needs "more personalized content and increased product innovation" to get the Internet giant back on track for Display revenue growth. Yelp isn't profitable yet, but revenue growth is soaring, up 68% year-over-year, according to Yelp's latest earnings report.
At a market cap approaching $1.8 billion, Yelp is now probably too big for Yahoo!, especially after the Tumblr acquisition, but that doesn't mean there aren't other alternatives.