“Groupon for good” launches a service for charitable group buys

Group buying services have grown explosively over the last few years. Groupon, LivingSocial, Yipit, Foursquare and even Google have jumped into the suddenly hot arena of offering consumers discounts on local merchants’ products and services.

How Groupon’s accounting changes hide what’s really going on at the company

I have long criticized Groupon’s accounting practices. As someone who has watched the company closely since the it first filed the paperwork to go public (now scheduled for November 4), I have seen how it has continually adjusted its S-1, often in response to withering criticism.

Demo: Instant discounts with QR codes on receipts? Sign me up

I hate those printed coupons that come along with my grocery receipts. They’re too easy to forget or lose and too hard to redeem. I also hate loyalty cards, mail-in rebates, and all the other tricks that retailers use to come between me and the discounts they’ve promised.

Stuart Wall

Can Groupon evolve as fast as the market it created?

Every morning, somewhere between 4 and 6 a.m., my inbox is assaulted by daily deal emails. This morning I fought back, feeling a sense of accomplishment as I deleted my last offer: 50 percent off a Brazilian Wax. Sound familiar? Groupon, the inventor of daily deals, has become one of the fastest growing companies in the history of the world. Much to its chagrin, Groupon seems to have created one of the fastest growing, most competitive industries in the world: 581 daily deal copycats now compete for your inbox.

Coupons

ChoozOn cuts the coupon clutter with $3.2M

With all the Groupon-like sites out there, the internet is starting to feel like a kitchen drawer: stuffed with coupons and hard to sort through. ChoozOn, an interactive coupon aggregator, didn’t use a coupon code to score its first $3.2 million round of angel funding on Tuesday, but it will help you find (and use) yours.

Poynt snags location-based patent for serving up personalized offers

Poynt, a location-based mobile search engine, today announced it has been granted a patent, first filed in 2000, for delivering offers and coupons to a mobile user based on GPS location and information from the user’s profile, according to a company announcement.

Milo.com sweetens its product listings with coupons

Milo.com, a startup that lets shoppers see online which products are available on the shelves of local stores, is giving users even more reason to go shopping– it’s adding coupons to its service.

Location service GroupTabs mixes offers with check-ins to draw in new customers

The biggest promise location-based services offer for merchants is that they are going to bring in the pundits en masse. Location companies and brands have been experimenting with rewarding users with discounts and other special offers (like cutting the price of a coffee for the Foursquare “mayor” of a given coffee shop,). Now a new service called GroupTabs is taking on the challenge of turning check-ins into transactions.