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Sygic offline navigation app adds Groupon, Foursquare, ParkMe

Sygic offline navigation app adds Groupon, Foursquare, ParkMe

Sygic: GPS Navigation, the offline nav-and-map app for iOS and Android, has added some new third-party integrations for discovering nearby deals and parking options. Already glutted with online and offline additions over the course of the company's decade-long history, the freemium Sygic app competes with Nokia HERE Drive, the offline nav-and-map app for Lumia devices. A ParkMe addition brings the older Sygic app back into parity with the Nokia app.

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Investors give LivingSocial another $110 million

Investors give LivingSocial another $110 million

LivingSocial Inc. has just received another $110 million from its current group of investors who still have hope in the daily deals company. The investors are still fighting for LivingSocial, despite the whole $650 million net loss that it reported in 2012, as well as the $558 million loss it reported in 2011. The company had to lay off around 400 employees back in November, as well as its Senior Vice President, Dickson Chu, back in July.

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Groupon launches point-of-sale system Breadcrumb

Groupon launches point-of-sale system Breadcrumb

Back in May, Groupon purchased Breadcrumb, a point-of-sale system for the hospitality industry meant to erase the clunky systems of past years and replace them with a sleek, affordable iPad app. Breadcrumb offers all the features needed by restaurants, cafes, or bars in a single app, including the ability to process sales using an card swiping attachment for the iPad. Originally offered under a pilot run in New York, this POS app is now available nation-wide.

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Groupon Q2 earnings bring mixed bag of news

Groupon Q2 earnings bring mixed bag of news

Today the folks at Groupon have let it be known that compared to last year, they're doing fabulously, with this financial second quarter for them bringing a net income of $28.4 million USD. Compared to last year at this time, that number is fabulous, with last year's result for this quarter being a net loss of $107.4 million. Revenue also went up 45 percent up $568.3 million, this falling slightly short of a survey by Thomson Reuters which had analysts aiming for $573 million.

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Nokia Maps updated with support for Groupon Now! deals

Nokia Maps updated with support for Groupon Now! deals

If you love Groupon deals and have a phone capable of running Nokia Maps, then boy does Nokia have the update for you. Today, Nokia's Pino Bonetti announced that Nokia Maps has been updated and now includes support for Groupon Now! deals. This means that you're never too far from the next great Groupon deal, as Groupon Now! allows you to purchase them and use them immediately. Pretty cool, no?

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Groupon loyalty reward program launches

Groupon loyalty reward program launches

After running through a pilot program in various test cities throughout the country, Groupon has decided to make its Groupon Rewards program available on a national level. The new platform allows merchants to offer an easily managed customer loyalty program and getting face time on Groupon without giving away the farm. It is basically an online replacement for those traditional "punch cards" that give you a free haircut after 10 visits or whatever the place of business happens to be.

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Groupon pays out $8.5 million to settle suits

Groupon pays out $8.5 million to settle suits

Groupon has been the subject of 17 separate lawsuits that were combined in a federal court in San Diego accusing the company of offering coupons with illegal expiration dates. The suit alleged that Groupon and the retailers it works with were violating federal and state consumer protection laws. Groupon has now agreed to settle the combined lawsuits.

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LivingSocial Instant deals are dead

LivingSocial Instant deals are dead

LivingSocial has abandoned its location-based "Instant" deals service before it ever made its mark. In addition, company co-founder and former president Eddie Frederick has left the site, and it's assumed that his departure was not by choice. Frederick likely had an active hand in developing the Instant platform, which has been described as essentially being dead on arrival. Internet success isn't as easy as it looks.

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Google Offers adds new partners, new cities

Google Offers adds new partners, new cities

The number one search engine provider today announced that Google Offers, which you may know as "not Groupon or LivingSocial," has secured a couple new partnerships that it hopes will make the platform a bit more viable in this competitive space. The daily deal site market is incredibly crowded, and only a couple are actually in the mainstream lexicon, so Google has an uphill climb.

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Groupon, LivingSocial, et al do encite repeat business

Groupon, LivingSocial, et al do encite repeat business

There are two reasons that a merchant thinks offering incredible deal on a site like Groupon will be worth the potential loss on such an offer - one is that a large portion of users will never actually redeem the purchased deal, thus lessening the blow of the lost profit from those who do redeem. And the other is by creating such a great customer experience that they'll become a repeat customer, with or without a discount.

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