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Groupon’s Updated Merchant Center Launched

Groupon’s Updated Merchant Center Launched

Groupon's merchants have been offering great deals to consumers since it's launch in 2008, but one question that has remained in the air surrounding Groupon is, how good is the website for the merchants. Since 2008 Groupon has expanded its merchant base from Chicago to more than 150 markets in North America and 100 markets in Europe, Asia and South America. Based on that information alone it seems Groupon is doing quite well. Lets go back and address the original question - is Groupon good for the businesses providing the deals?

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Facebook Shuts Down Deals Program after 4 Months

Facebook Shuts Down Deals Program after 4 Months

It was a lovely 3rd of November afternoon when we first heard of Facebook's intent to create a Deals Program amongst a handful of other new features for the social networking ecosystem, and now not quite four months after its inception, the program has been cut entirely. While the Facebook Deals program seemed at first to very much be an obvious Groupon Rival, even an early June 2011 announcement of a possible UK sect of the program did not prove enough to keep the system alive, and today Facebook has announced the cutting of the Deals.

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The Dealmap Acquired by Google

The Dealmap Acquired by Google

Google has today acquired Dealmap, a start-up whose main function is to aggregate discounts from hundreds of group-buying sites. This acquisition may well prove to add on to Google's recently launched service in Google Offers or may stay a completely separate entity tied in to Google through simple check-ins. The terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, but it is known that Dealmap will join Google's local incentives and commerce group. Time to take on Groupon after all?

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AT&T Launching Its Own Groupon Rival

AT&T Launching Its Own Groupon Rival

The daily deals arena is getting crowded as more and more big names in the industry unleash their own Groupon clones. The latest giant to step in the ring is AT&T. The company has just announced that it will be launching a daily deals service under its YellowPages brand. Simply known as YP Deals at the moment, the service has already begun accepting pre-registrations.

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Facebook Deals is a Groupon rival

Facebook Deals is a Groupon rival

It seems that in the tech world once a company has a good idea their is a rush of other companies that try to cash in on the same idea with a small twist. Groupon is a deals service that sends out coupons and other deals to users that they can use to save some money on the things they like to purchase. Once Groupon started getting headlines other competing services started to launch with some of them being from huge firms like Google's Google Offers service.

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Google Rolls Out Groupon Competition With ‘Google Offers’ Beta Launch In Select Cities

Google Rolls Out Groupon Competition With ‘Google Offers’ Beta Launch In Select Cities

It was leaked back in January that Google was busy at work on a Groupon rival called Google Offers. At the time the service appeared almost identical but later leaked reincarnations suggested that Google may be taking a slightly different approach. Today, however, will be the first day that folks may get a more definitive look on exactly what Google has to offer. Their new coupon service gets an official beta launch today starting in Portland with San Francisco and New York to follow.

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Groupon coming to cash registers as coupons get technical

Groupon coming to cash registers as coupons get technical

Groupon is in talks with electronic payment hardware provider Verifone over integrating easier coupon redemption into its systems. According to Groupon president Rob Solomon, speaking to Businessweek, Verifone is among a number of companies the group purchase site is holding discussions with, and may involve the addition of a dedicated Groupon button to cash registers so that businesses could more easily deal with shoppers using the discounts.

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Microsoft’s Bing Will Now Give You Daily Deals

Microsoft’s Bing Will Now Give You Daily Deals

Daily deal sites like Groupon, Living Social, and Gilt have exploded in popularity these past few years. Microsoft is hoping to collect all deals from these various sites and organize them for you in a nice little package. They plan to incorporate this service into their Bing search engine so that when users do a local search these deals will show up alongside the results.

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Groupon pulls controversial ads

Groupon pulls controversial ads

Remember those strange, controversial Groupon Ads that got everyone upset because they poked fun at raising awareness for such causes as Free Tibet and Saving the Whales?  The idea had to sound good on paper.  Make a commercial talking about some great causes, raise awareness, while letting people know about your product at the same time.  Only, it didn't actually work out that way, so  Groupon has bowed to pressure from complaining special interest groups and pulled the Ads while offering an apology.

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