Groupon Working Too Well For Some Businesses

    August 2, 2010
    Chris Crum

Groupon may be working a little too well for some businesses. As Mark D. Carlson and Emily Fredrix explore in an article, some local shops around the country are struggling to handle the customer loads that deals from Groupon are bringing in.

Last week Groupon announced Personalized Deals, which will make the service all the more attractive to both businesses and consumers, so businesses better be prepared when they get involved with that.

TechCrunch Europe reports that Wikileaks has joined Flattr, which allows people to leave donations for content they like. According to this, The Afghanistan War Diary has 756 "Flattrs".

iPad The New York Times is offering a platform for producing iPad and iPhone apps to other publishers, according to AdAge. It’s called the Press Engine, and the Telegraph Media Group, Dallas Morning News, Providence Journal, and Press-Enterprise have already signed on.

Christopher Null at Yahoo News points to a story about the FTC exploring a "do not call list" type list for online tracking. Unfortunately for the FTC, it doesn’t have all of the powers of e-commerce that it would need to do so…yet.

Appolicious (in association with Yahoo Finance) says that the United Arab Emirates ban of certain BlackBerry functions could give BlackBerry makers RIM a marketing boost, highlighting the device’s security features.

Last week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talked a little bit about the company’s strategy for competing with the iPad, expressing concern about how well the iPad has sold. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley has her own take on what Microsoft may or may not have in store.


Chris Crum
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