On today's show, Time Warner's new live TV iPad app is too cool to last very long, iOS is slower than Android (but Apple's nit-picking the results, predictably), and Sony is continuing to try to turn George Hotz into a smoking crater for daring to jailbreak the PS3. --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Facebook will soon begin testing a service that will provide its members local discounts, a move that will put it in direct competition with daily-deals giant Groupon.
The service will be tested in Dallas, Austin, Atlanta, San Francisco, and San Diego, and will expand on the social-networking giant's Deals program, which offers users deals to members when they use Facebook Places to check in at local business, the company said. Members will be able to buy deals and share them with their friends on the network.
"Local businesses will be able to sign up to use this feature … Read more
I was watching "American Idol" the other night (yes, alright, alright), when something resembling an ad for Groupon appeared.
It was a simple little thing. There was a calendar, a voiceover telling me about all the different kinds of deals the company offers, and little bits of animation appeared on the calendar, as the deals were described. Oh, and the calendar had some strange days of the week like "Frankenday" and "Grund."
Links from Monday's episode of Loaded:
Skype tweaks Skype To Go, letting you make international calls as local ones
Sony drops the price of the PlayStation Portable to $129.99
A Chinese version of Groupon is announced
Motorola sues TiVo for alleged patent infringement in its DVRs
Motorola is sued for using the name Xoom on its new tablet
New York Sen. Charles Schumer wants HTTPS to be the default security setting on major Web sites
A man in Florida is arrested for allegedly planting viruses in Whac-A-Mole arcade games
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With its Super Bowl ads, Groupon attempted to show its heartfelt social consciousness.
Now there's a new site that tries to use Groupon-style principles to help you veer socially toward unconsciousness.
mmjDailyDeals.com tries to give you more bong for your buck. It promises discounts of between 50 percent to 80 percent. And there is one sweet deal a day on an array of products that the company describes as "medical marijuana, hydroponics, edibles, and apparel."
The daily-deals broker Groupon is reportedly getting ready to launch operations in China, which would help expand its reach in Asia.
In Beijing recently, a company that operates the site Gaopeng.com was conducting interviews in an office with a Groupon sign on display, according to a Wall Street Journal story today. Gaopeng.com is "listed as registered by someone at Internet giant Tencent Holdings of Shenzen, China. " Tencent is one of the stakeholders in Digital Sky Technologies, an investor in Groupon.
The Journal report also said openings for Groupon staff positions have been posted recently on Chinese … Read more
This is a well-thought-out move: Low-cost air carrier Virgin America, which has attempted to court passengers with a tech-savvy offering since its 2007 launch, announced today its initial service from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. To drum up online chatter, it partnered with Chicago's company of the moment--Groupon.
Groupon users can purchase $77 worth of Virgin America credit for $7 on the massive group-buying site, with the caveat that it can only be used on the airline's new Chicago routes. Given the amount of positive buzz for a brand that can … Read more
Few companies have changed the e-commerce world in the recent past as much as Groupon, a local-deals broker that has gotten the nation hooked on half-price massages, discounted restaurant bills, and packages offering rock-climbing and yoga combos (though, ideally, not at the same time). It's earned rave reviews for customer service, thanks in part to its hiring of underemployed comedians as copywriters and service reps.
Yet Groupon has taken a beating in the past few weeks--not in terms of traffic, and not from the rise of any of its several dozen smaller competitors--but just because of a few bonehead … Read more
It's Valentine's Day, everyone, so we've got a special edition of Computer Love with special guest Dr. Wendy Walsh dishing out the love 2.0 advice. Also, in the tech news, the worst-kept secret in the tech world is unveiled in Barcelona: the PlayStation Phone. Plus, 10-inch tablets creep out of the woodwork to take on the iPad -- finally -- and will an iPhone Nano make an appearance? --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Do Groupon deals tempt you? Or are you so committed to causes like Tibet and the rain forest that you have switched your allegiance to LivingSocial?
This vital question is placed into strong relief because of some owl-like hooting and town crier hollering that has engulfed Groupon's Thursday deal of $40 worth of flowers for $20.
Was this deal, unlike so many that flood our e-mail in-boxes, too good to be true love? Some seem to think so.
Though the flowers in my house all accidentally fell from other people's gardens, I confess that I was tempted by … Read more