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Groupon Reportedly Sued By Its Own Sales Staff Groupon Reportedly Sued By Its Own Sales Staff
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Things were going along so well for Groupon, but at some point things took a dramatic turn, and now it just seems to be negative story after negative story. Even CEO Andrew Mason’s internal staff memo aimed at boosting employee …

Google Offers in Austin, Boston, D.C. Denver, Seattle Google Offers in Austin, Boston, D.C. Denver, Seattle
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Google announced that it has extended its Google Offers offering into five new markets: Austin, Boston, Washington D.C., Denver and Seattle. The news comes shortly after Facebook decided to pull its Deals product (though the company is keeping its Check-in …

Groupon IPO Reportedly Delayed Groupon IPO Reportedly Delayed
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It appears that Groupon is delaying its IPO. A report from the Wall Street Journal, citing “a person familiar with the matter,” indicates that the company has canceled its IPO roadshow and is “reassessing the timing” of the IPO, which …

Oregon Dentist and Chiropractic Boards Ban Groupon Oregon Dentist and Chiropractic Boards Ban Groupon
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If you’re living in Oregon and are looking for discounted crowns or a backiotomy, Groupon isn’t your place. Both the Oregon Board of Dentistry and the Board of Chiropractic Examiners have banned the use of Groupons. The reason for the …

Netflix Loses Starz Content as Prices Increase Netflix Loses Starz Content as Prices Increase
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Two interesting things just happened in the world of Netflix. First, those much-talked-about and generally despised price changes went into effect. Second, Netflix lost all of its Starz content. Starz called off talks in the contract renewal process, leaving Netflix …

The Decline of Yelp Deals The Decline of Yelp Deals
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As discussed in a previous article, Yelp is cutting back on its Deals positions, which is interesting considering that it comes at a time when Facebook is pulling the plug on its deals product (though it will still have check-in …

Google Plugs Deals More Aggressively While Facebook and Yelp Scale Back Google Plugs Deals More Aggressively While Facebook and Yelp Scale Back

Last week, Facebook revealed that it was shutting down its Deals product (though it’s keeping check-in deals). “Facebook deals relied heavily on inbound sales which even for someone with as large a user base as Facebook that clearly missed the …

The Deals Space: It’s Easy to Start, But Not to Grow The Deals Space: It’s Easy to Start, But Not to Grow
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Back in June, Mary Song, CEO of Yuupon, gave WebProNews the following predictions for the deals space: 1. Facebook Deals will not be a major contender as is.  Why? Facebook Deals is a self-serve platform and like ad-words is unlikely …

Yelp Cuts Back On Daily Deals, Great Timing for Groupon Yelp Cuts Back On Daily Deals, Great Timing for Groupon

It’s an interesting time for the daily deals space. As previously reported, Facebook, which may assumed would be a major player, has decided to fold its deals product, though the company is keeping around check-in deals. Yelp, another popular service …

Facebook Shuts Down “Deals,” Keeps More Relevant Check-In Deals Facebook Shuts Down “Deals,” Keeps More Relevant Check-In Deals

Facebook has had a couple of “deals” products: “Deals” and “Check-in Deals.” Deals are going away, but Check-in Deals are staying. Facebook gave us the following statement: “After testing Deals for four months, we’ve decided to end our Deals product …

Amazon Local Expanded Into More Markets Amazon Local Expanded Into More Markets

Amazon announced the launch of Amazon Local in in new markets, including New York City today. NYC is obviously a major market for the online retail giant’s daily deals offering. The service originally launched in Boise in early June. Two …

Obtiva Acquired by Groupon Obtiva Acquired by Groupon

Groupon announced today that it has acquired Obtiva, a Ruby on Rails software development firm from Groupon’s hometown of Chicago. “We’ve been working side-by-side with our Obtiva colleagues since way back in 2009, when Groupon had a handful of engineers,” …

Amazon Local Heads to Groupon’s Home Turf Amazon Local Heads to Groupon’s Home Turf

Two months ago, Amazon launched its Daily Deals offering Amazon Local in Boise, Idaho. Since then, it has expanded to include a handful of regions in California, Florida and Washington. The offering is attracting some attention in the press now …

TheDealMap Acquired By Google TheDealMap Acquired By Google
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Google has acquired deals aggregation service TheDealMap for an undisclosed sum. The company claims to have over 2 million users for its branded mobile, web, social and email products, a million Android/iPhone mobile installs, and 85 million monthly visitors to …

Groupon Now Comes to Foursquare Groupon Now Comes to Foursquare
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Groupon and Foursquare have teamed up to bring Groupon Now deals to Foursquare users. It’s been known that the two companies were working together, but now users (and businesses) can reap the benefits. “Groupon Now!, our real-time deal platform, continues …

Google to Integrate Google Offers with Google Wallet and Google+ Google to Integrate Google Offers with Google Wallet and Google+

Sooner or later, you’re probably going to see many of Google’s new products much more heavily integrated with other existing Google products, as well as with each other. Google+ is already integrated with Google properties by the simple fact that …

Today in Deals: Foursquare and Google Today in Deals: Foursquare and Google
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There are a couple noteworthy bits of news coming out this morning regarding the deals space. Foursquare announced that Foursquare Specials will no include “deals” from partners LivingSocial, Gilt City, Zozi, BuyWithMe, and AT&T Interactive. “We help you discover the …

Is Groupon Losing its Edge? Is Groupon Losing its Edge?
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It’s well known that the daily deals space is getting more and more competitive. It seems that nearly every other day a new service related to this industry is being announced. LivingSocial, who has been doing a whole lot of …

Report: Groupon More Popular by 2 to 1 Margin Over LivingSocial Report: Groupon More Popular by 2 to 1 Margin Over LivingSocial
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ForeSee Results released some interesting data regarding he effectiveness of Groupon, Living Social and other “daily deal” programs. The firm conducted a study of over 22,000 online shoppers in the spring, and one subject they explored was the whole daily …

Twitter Mulling Entry Into Deals Space? Twitter Mulling Entry Into Deals Space?
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Twitter is reportedly looking into some new types of advertising. The Financial Times cites “people with direct knowledge of its plans” as saying that Twitter is looking at some bold new options. One option would be injecting Promoted Tweets into …

Foursquare and American Express Launch Specials for Cardholders Foursquare and American Express Launch Specials for Cardholders
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Back in March, just before SXSW, Foursquare announced a partnership with American Express that would see card users getting discounts, by checking in at stores, restaurants, etc. They began testing in Austin, where those who linked their AmEx and Foursquare …