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eBay To Buy GSI Commerce For $2.4 Billion

GSI Commerce, a public company that deals in ecommerce and interactive marketing services, should soon be the property of eBay.  eBay announced this morning that it intends to acquire GSI for a whopping $2.4 billion. GSI has built up an …

Android Payments System Could Pit Google Against Groupon Android Payments System Could Pit Google Against Groupon
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Payments looks to be one of the most important battle fields on which the big tech companies are engaging. We’ve known for some time that Google would be getting into the NFC-based payment realm – in other words, you will …

Yahoo-Delicious Sale Rumors Swirl (Again)
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One way or another, it’s sounding increasingly likely that Delicious will wind up with a new owner.  After a rumor suggested last week that Yahoo had sold the property for $5 million, a report’s now claimed that Yahoo is about …

Google Acquires Green Parrot Pictures
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Google’s interest in professional-quality video continues to rise.  This afternoon, a company called Green Parrot Pictures announced that Google’s followed up a recent series of moves in the space by acquiring it.  Google appears to have big plans for the …

Yahoo Sale Of Delicious For $5 Million Rumored
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Four months ago, an internal Yahoo document leaked, letting the world know that Yahoo intended to “sunset” Delicious.  Now, there’s a sign Yahoo might have sold the organization for $5 million instead. To be perfectly clear: this has not been …

Facebook, Skype Rumored To Be In Talks Again
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Fair warning: not much came of earlier rumors about this same possibility, and an identical outcome is possible this time.  But there’s word that Facebook and Skype are (again) in talks about introducing a video chat feature on the social …

Foursquare Partners with American Express
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Foursquare and American Express have entered into a partnership that will see card users getting discounts at stores, restaurants, etc. via Foursquare. WebProNews recently exchanged a few tweets with Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley, following an article we posted questioning how …

Bing Deals Launched – Find Deals Nearby
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Update: A bit more information about Bing Deals…

What Groupon Won’t Talk About
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Groupon Founder and CEO Andrew Mason wrote a post on the company’s official blog about the things Groupon will not be transparent about. 

"As press interest in Groupon has grown, I’ve found myself increasingly uttering two words that have always annoyed me: ‘no comment,’" says Mason. "We like to be as transparent with our customers as possible, but, just as people don’t walk around naked, there are some things that we as a company don’t talk about (for obvious reasons)."

Yahoo May Sell Yahoo Japan Stake To Softbank

To avoid any sense of false hype-building, we’ll admit right now: Softbank has already denied any involvement.  But rumor has it that Yahoo is in discussions to sell its stake in Yahoo Japan to Softbank, and a whole lot of people are hoping that’s the case.

Yahoo Japan is, if you’ll recall, not exactly the Yahoo most Americans know.  Yahoo only owns 33 percent of the organization, while Softbank controls a 42 percent stake.  And Yahoo Japan’s also on a different path in other respects, considering it’s arranged to make use of Google’s search tech.

Google Buys Technical Tool Firm Zynamics

Google and/or users of some of the company’s many products may soon be a little safer.  A company called Zynamics announced today that it’s been acquired by Google, and Zynamics specializes in reverse engineering tools and vulnerability research.

GaoPeng (The Chinese Groupon) Makes Its Debut
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Groupon announced today that the Chinese group-buying portal GaoPeng.com is officially live today. The portal is funded by Groupon,  Tencent Collaboration Fund and Yunfeng Capital, and is now accepting email registrations. Deals will premier on the service in March. 

Can Groupon Own The Deals Space?
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Can Groupon own the deals space the way Google owns search? It’s hard to imagine the space being dominated by any one company. Forget for a second that it has Google and Facebook to contend with, and even LivingSocial (previously cited as its closest competitor). 

What deals sites have you tried? How successful were your campaigns? Tell us about it

Analyst Estimate: CBS Deal Cost Netflix $200 Million

The combined value of The Andy Griffith Show, Cheers, Frasier, every Star Trek series, The Twilight Zone, and Twin Peaks is in many ways incalculable.  They’re some of the greatest series ever made.  But if anyone was wondering, the cost of yesterday’s Netflix-CBS deal was probably in the neighborhood of $200 million, according to a new estimate.

MySpace Music, Songtrust Partner
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MySpace, which has long enjoyed a reputation for being a good place for individuals to get familiar with different bands, may soon become even more useful to up-and-coming musicians.  MySpace Music has partnered with Songtrust in an effort to introduce better music publishing management services.

Yahoo Japan Agrees To Video Deal With Ooyala

Yahoo Japan’s approach to online video technology will soon change a great deal.  Indeed, the company’s partnered with Ooyala, an online video specialist, and its tech is supposed to be incorporated into just about everything Yahoo Japan owns.

Groupon Has “Invisibility Cloak Wednesdays”

Groupon has posted a video showing off what a typical Wednesday looks like at the Groupon headquarters.

It’s almost as if nobody’s there at all…

Groupon says the video is an "effort to remain transparent." 

Rimshot.

It could turn into a nice little viral video to follow up the ill-concieved Super Bowl spots.

Local Deals Company DealOn Acquired by ReachLocal

Local marketing firm ReachLocal announced that it has acquired New York-based Deals company DealOn, as company’s everywhere try to get in on the hot local deals goldrush. ReachLocal is paying $10 million for the acquisition. 

"This will allow ReachLocal to enable other deal sites and publishers to supply and/or resell deals, as well as greatly improve Deals sourcing, syndication and personalization for the industry as a whole," a representative for ReachLocal tells WebProNews.

eBay, Telefonica Agree To Major App Deal

Mobile purchases – which were already becoming much more common – may soon really increase in frequency in the UK.  eBay and Telefonica have struck a two-year deal that will see eBay apps and/or links preloaded on most of the phones O2 sells in the region.

This move’s rather significant.  For starters, eBay’s already one of the first sites many people visit when shopping for something online, and with 22 million customers, O2 is the second-largest mobile telecommunications provider in the UK.

Criterion Collection Comes To Hulu Plus

Film students, movie buffs, and people who are simply budget-minded now have more reason than ever to join Hulu Plus.  A new deal will see hundreds of Criterion Collection movies become available through the service without commercial interruption and at no extra charge.

The Criterion Collection is legendary in some circles.  Since 1984, it’s specialized in high-quality editions of rare, critically acclaimed films.  Prices can top $100 per movie, and sometimes just hundreds of copies are sold.

Groupon Launches as Stardeals in Australia
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Groupon has officially launched in Australia, under the brand Stardeals. Why not Groupon? Because A company previously known as "Scoopon" has the rights to that name in Australia at the moment.