Groupon tries out creepy new deal: tuck ins

Groupon today launched a unique deal: You can have a Groupon employee come and tuck you into bed. As far as strange deals go, this one even beats out the deal offered by Groupon Philippines for 76% off circumcisions. (Disclosure: I have options against Groupon.)

ShopSavvy Marketplace lets any retailer hop aboard the barcode-scanning bandwagon

Oh, how the times have changed for ShopSavvy. When the barcode-scanning app first launched on Android in 2008, hundreds of retailers had refused to give up their pricing and inventory data to it. Now that ShopSavvy has proven itself as a valuable mobile shopping tool with over 10 million users, it has amassed a backlog of around 1,500 retailers eager to jump onto its platform.

Why we don’t need the government to protect us from online tracking

The Do Not Track legislation introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) has picked up considerable steam since its debut in Congress last February and has inspired a furor of similar bills ready to clog (or already clogging) Congress. Speier and privacy groups supporting the bill say that tracking consumers’ online behavior is an invasion of privacy. Speier’s proposal would give the FTC power to create a Do Not Track database so consumers could opt out of online tracking.

How ready are you for big data?

Big data has been the subject of a lot of hype lately. But that doesn’t mean it’s a fad; this movement is certainly here to stay. It is essentially the business of how we deal with the volume, variety, and velocity of data that is continuously accumulating around us. The idea is that we can learn quite a bit more about ourselves (both as consumers and enterprises) by sifting through all of the data that surrounds us. We’re now entering the formative years of Big Data being the fifth technology wave (mainframes, PCs, Internet, and social media being the previous four). And just as with every wave before it, your business is going to have to figure out the fundamental opportunities and challenges before you can make Big Data work for you: