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Yay for Google’s (Reported) $5.3 Billion Groupon Bid

Google is reportedly set to pay $5.3 billion for Groupon, a spectacular investment that would give The Big G a compelling way to get close to local businesses, leverage Gmail and really rev up a social media paradigm (as opposed…

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RingRevenue Raises $4 Million

Today, RingRevenue announced it has raised a $4 millon Series B round led by GRP Partners and Rincon Venture Partners. This brings the company's total funding to $7.6 million since its 2007 founding. The vote of confidence was based on the…

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NBCU To Launch ‘The 20’ Top Local Twitterers

Local media brands continue to look for ways to populate their sites with local bloggers and Twitterers. In return, they provide them with a bigger platform. The latest to jump into the game is NBC Universal, which paidContent reports has…

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Yellow Pages Around the Globe

I recently spent two weeks attending directory industry events and meeting with companies in the space in Europe and Asia. Many of the issues facing the industry are amazingly consistent across geographical boundaries. There is a need to transform, and…

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Check-In Deals: Yelp Gets in the Game

Today Yelp announced its latest move down the LBS path, with a new set of tools for merchants to create and manage local check-in deals. The product, on which we were briefed yesterday, follows last January's launch of check-ins for…

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Is Groupon Better Off With Yahoo, Google (or on Its Own?)

Groupon has been a phenomenal success in the deal-a-day space, and we envision continued success for the segment's pioneer. But what shape will that success take? At our Marketplaces conference last March in San Diego, CEO Andrew Mason told us…

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Mobile News Aplenty

Perhaps in anticipation of next week's slow news cycle (at least in the U.S.), this week has seen a particularly frenetic pace of mobile industry news. Lots of our coverage is in the previous posts and pages. Beyond that, here…

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Local Insight Media Files for Chapter 11

Last night, Local Insight Media's parent company filed for Chapter 11 protection. In speaking with President and CEO Scott Pomeroy early this morning, it became clear that this is a necessary step in ensuring the business can recapitalize its debt…

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Shopkick: Coming to an Android Near You

Fresh off its partnership with Target, and just in time for the holiday shopping season, Shopkick has announced it's available in the Android Marketplace. The free app will contain all of the features of its iPhone forebear. This obviously now expand…

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Internet Summit 2010: AutoTrader a Successful Dot-Com

Leading off the day at the Internet Summit, Chip Perry, CEO of AutoTrader, revealed that the company's main business focus is not on e-commerce but on filling the gaps in the consumer shopping experience and providing valuable tools for sellers.…

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BlackBerry Bets Against Native Apps (Again)

While Apple iOS and Google Android have attracted hundreds of thousands of apps, BlackBerry remains stuck at some single-digit percentage of that number. Is it that BlackBerry users don't have the same appetite for apps that other smartphone users have?…

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Internet Summit 10: The Future of Online

Content remains king on the Internet mainly because there are more ways to produce, connect and interact with content than ever before. According to Rod Smith of IBM, “there are more ways to dig into content than ever before, but…

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Scoop St.’s New Take on Neighborhood ‘Food Crawls’

Local food festivals (“Taste of Seattle,” “Taste of Hillcrest,” et al) are a great way to taste samples from many restaurants at one time. Usually, they require a single ticket, with proceeds often going to charity. A more recent phenomenon…

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