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LivingSocial expands Family to west suburbs

Daily deals provider LivingSocial has launched its Family Edition in Chicago’s western suburbs, offering discounts on kid-friendly activities. Get the full story »

Info-tech consultant taps Groupon for half-off deal

A local information technology consulting firm is tapping group-buying site Groupon to offer its services at a steep discount — a $12,500 discount, to be precise.

Rolling Meadows-based Ajilitee, which specializes in analytics and cloud computing, on Tuesday launched a deal on Groupon that offers buyers $25,000 worth of consulting services for $12,500. The firm’s foray into group buying makes them among the first companies to experiment with the technology platform for the business-to-business sector, as Chicago-based Groupon and its rivals primarily offer consumer deals such as discounts on restaurants and salons. Get the full story »

Google preparing to test Groupon fighter

Google Inc., after failing to acquire daily-deals Web site Groupon Inc., said it is preparing to test a competing service that offers deals to local businesses such as restaurants.

The Internet search giant, which on Thursday also announced that co-founder Larry Page would take over as chief executive from Eric Schmidt, didn’t release details about the new effort — Google Offers — that aims to grab a larger share of the small but growing online-ad market for local businesses. Get the full story »

Goldman’s Blankfein pitches for Groupon’s IPO

Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein went to Chicago to pitch Groupon executives on hiring his bank to underwrite the online coupon company’s initial public offering, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

The report was attributed to a single unnamed source. Get the full story »

Groupon ads in U.K. banned for being misleading

From AdAge | Chicago-based daily deal site Groupon saw three of its online ads banned in the U.K. after the Advertising Standards Authority, an industry-established group there, claimed they were misleading to consumers.

Yahoo to aggregate online deals, including Groupon

Yahoo! is jumping into the online deals space with a new program called Local Offers that aggregates deals from a number of companies, including Chicago-based Groupon.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company said it wants to be “the largest and most comprehensive repositories of local offers on the Internet.” With the explosion of daily deal sites following Groupon’s success, a number of deal aggregator start-ups have also emerged. Yahoo! is aiming for an even broader scope by signing up companies specializing in direct mail marketing, such as Valpak. Get the full story »

Yahoo rumored to be circling Groupon

From Business Insider | A source “close to Groupon investors” says that Yahoo is reportedly in sales talks with online daily deals site Groupon.

Target shortchanges shoppers with certain coupons

Shoppers at a Target in Falls Church, Va., May 28, 2010. (Reuters)

Shoppers at a Target in Falls Church, Va., May 28, 2010. (Reuters)

By Gregory Karp | Target Corp., the mass merchandiser with about 1,750 stores nationwide, for months has been shortchanging its customers who use certain manufacturers’ coupons by crediting them for a fraction of their face value.

Target is calling it a computer glitch. Avid coupon users are calling it an outrage. Get the full story »

Groupon rival VillageVines moves into Chicago

A New York-based Web start-up specializing in restaurant discounts and reservations is expanding into Chicago, hoping to give restaurateurs and diners an alternative to daily deal sites such as Groupon.

VillageVines officially launches in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C. on Sept. 15. In the meantime, Chicagoans can sign up for the site starting today. When the site goes live, members will be able to log in and book a reservation through an online calendar that lists available restaurants and dates. VillageVines charges $10 per reservation and typically offers 30 percent off the check. Get the full story »

Meijer introduces digital coupon program

Meijer Inc. said Monday it is launching a new digital coupon program where shoppers can choose coupons from the store’s Web site and redeem them by entering their mobile phone numbers at check-out.

The mPerks program rolls out this week at the superstore chain’s 196 stores in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. Customers can sign up for an account linked to their personal cell phone number at Shoppers select coupons from the site to be stored in their account. At check-out, keying in the phone number redeems all applicable coupons. Get the full story »

Groupon pulls in $11 million with Gap voucher

Daily deal site Groupon reported Friday that it sold 445,000 vouchers for retailer Gap, bringing in $11 million in revenue for the Chicago-based company’s first-ever nationwide promotion.

Groupon typically splits revenue down the middle with its participating merchants. The company declined to disclose how it divided the $11 million from Thursday’s sale. The coupon offered $50 in Gap merchandise for $25, and demand was so high that Groupon’s servers experienced technical difficulties on Thursday morning. Get the full story »

Groupon expands into Japan, Russia

Daily deal site Groupon is continuing its international expansion with acquisitions of similar companies in Japan and Russia.

Chicago-based Groupon said it has bought Qpod of Japan and Darberry of Russia. Terms  were not disclosed. Both sites were launched this year, and their founders will stay on, with the sites being redesigned to be consistent with Groupon’s brand name over the next several months, Groupon said in a release. Get the full story »