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Articles tagged with: deals

Foursquare Adds Deals Section To App

The popular social networking site that is based on its users locations, is now offering ‘Deals’ to its platform. Foursquare’s new Deals special shows the latest deals from LivingSocial, Gilt City, Zozi, BuyWithMe, and AT&T Interactive.

The service works similar to a compiler, and some deals are made available exclusively to Foursquare users, sometimes deals as good as 50% off.

Twitter Acquires Social Startup, Backtype

Twitter announced today that it has acquired a San Francisco startup called Backtype. The company helps publishers measure the impact of their social media use, and although the deal is quite interesting, financial details were not mentioned.

Twitter states that the acquisition would help them create tools for their publishing partners. Fortunately for BackType, they will not have to relocate further than an in-city move, as both companies are based in San Francisco.

SF Startup Copious Is A Social Marketplace

A San Francisco startup called Copious has built an online marketplace that allows all buyers and sellers to link their Facebook identities. The idea is to make the online marketplace feel safer and allowing buyers and sellers to see how many degrees of separation the other party is in their network.

The user will also be able to see if anyone in their networks has purchased, shared, or commented on an item from the seller. Not only can Facebook identities be linked, but also Twitter accounts and blogs too, giving you a fairly well drawn picture that you aren’t dealing with a Nigerian scammer.

Groupon Partners W/ Live Nation For Concert Deals

Groupon has partnered up with Live Nation to bring concert deals for local events. The new campaign is called GrouponLive and will combine Groupon’s local distribution efforts with Live Nation’s roster of events to let consumers enjoy their favorite bands at a fraction of the cost. Live Nation currently operates as the world’s most popular ticketing service, Ticketmaster and runs Live Nation Concerts.

AT&T Aims To Destroy Groupon & Co.

Groupon, you’re toast. Or at least that’s what AT&T is thinking right now. The telecommunications giant began pre-registration to consumers in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Dallas-Fort Worth for a service through the company’s yellowpages.com. Under the new system, YP will send daily deals to consumers. The company is currently offering ten dollars toward the first Deal of the Day to those who sign up through May 22nd.

Groupon Found Guilty Of Writing Fake Yelp Reviews

In a Venture Level blog post today, Romil Patel, an entrepreneur discusses his experiences with running Groupon and LivingSocial deals. Overall, he experienced some shadiness going on with Groupon. Apparently a Groupon representative he worked with had asked him to create fake, positive Yelp reviews for his own business.

Patel writes,

Groupon Buys Pelago, Gaining Firm Grasp on “Social”

Groupon, the popular “deals” website has recently acquired the creators of Whrrl, a company called Pelago. Pelago was founded in 2006 in Seattle and is best known for its location based services app for the iPhone, Android, and Blackberry. The app is called Whrrl and works like Foursquare, aiming to get people to explore their neighborhood and recommend their favorite places to friends and family. Groupon was founded just two years ago in Chicago and has since then expanded to more than 40 countries around the world, carrying a powerful user base of over 35 million.

BREAKING NEWS: AT&T Will Buy T-Mobile USA For $39B

According to several press releases, AT&T has unexpectedly agreed to buy T-Mobile USA for a whopping $39 Billion dollars from Germany’s Deutsche Telekom. The companies announced the deal on Sunday afternoon before the stock market opens on Monday. Clearly a strategy done to help boost its stock price.

The deal would make AT&T a dominant player in the wireless telecom sector, pending regulatory approval of course. The transaction represents a major commitment from the company to beef up its infrastructure and network.

Share Your Facebook Deals With Friends – Coming Soon

Facebook has decided to aggressively expand its “Deals” services to compete directly with Groupon and LivingSocial. The new social service will provide local discounts to Facebook users.

The new service rolls out in five test markets including Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, San Diego, and San Francisco. The service lets users locate deals on on a page with local promotions. It also shows deals and promotions on the left side of the home page with the feeds. According to Facebook, it will let people buy deals on Facebook and share them with their friends.