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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 …

Loopt u-Deals Lets You Create Your Own Deals for Local Businesses Loopt u-Deals Lets You Create Your Own Deals for Local Businesses

Loopt has an interesting new spin on the hot deals space. The company has announced a product called U-Deals, which essentially gets the consumer (You, or “U” – get it?) to create the deal, including the discount, and then use …

Loopt Sees iOS 5 Notifications As Huge for Daily Deals Space Loopt Sees iOS 5 Notifications As Huge for Daily Deals Space

Users of iOS devices are anticipating the release of iOS 5 later this year for a number of reasons. One of these reasons is the way it handles notifications. Rather than the screen takeover, notifications will be more subtle, appearing …

More to Google Offers Than Meets the Eye? More to Google Offers Than Meets the Eye?
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Let me take you back to the beginning of the year for a minute. Groupon had recently turned down a buyout offer from Google reported at around $6 billion. Everyone was wondering what Google’s next move was going to be. …

AOL Launches Patch Deals…Yes, Another Deals Service AOL Launches Patch Deals…Yes, Another Deals Service
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Another week, another company “taking on Groupon”. This time it’s AOL – more specifically, AOL’s Patch. AOL is launching Patch Deals with a little help from American Express via its digital payment platform Serve, which will power the Patch Deals …