MergeLocal Pays Users For Checkins

A new Los Angeles startup, MergeLocal, launched this week, releasing an iPhone app which pays users to check into their favorite places around town. The app--created by Michael Wong, Steven Elliott and Rusty Jenkins--allows users to check into restaurants, bars, spas, and alons, and receive points for checking into those locations. Those points can be exchanged for cash payments through PayPal. According to the firm, its free app is available in the Apple App store.