Starbucks CEO Joins Groupon Board Of Directors

Groupon employees might want to look for the quality of coffee at their workplace to improve in the near future.  This afternoon, Groupon announced that Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, has joined its board of directors.  Groupon got an unspecified amount of money from a VC firm, too.

Let’s cover the funding news first, since there’s not much to say.  Groupon only explained in a statement, "Maveron LLC, a venture capital firm co-founded by Mr. Schultz, has invested in the company."

Starbucks Launches Mobile Payments In All U.S. Stores

Starbucks has introduced mobile payments in all of its U.S. stores, allowing people to pay for purchases with select smartphones.

The new mobile payment program now includes 6,800 company-operated stores and more than 1,000 Starbucks in U.S. Target locations.

 

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Starbucks Adds More Partners For Digital Network

Starbucks today released more details about its digital network launching this fall in the U.S. in partnership with Yahoo.

The company said Rodale, Nick Jr. Boost and DonorsChoose.org will join the previously announced content providers iTunes, The New York Times, Patch, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo and Zagat.

Starbucks, Yahoo Partner Over Free WiFi

Individuals who tend to both tote laptops and drink lots of coffee will have reason to think better of Starbucks and Yahoo in coming months.  Starbucks intends to provide free WiFi in all of its stores, and then a partnership with Yahoo should result in the creation of a unique "Starbucks Digital Network."