iPhone 5S near? Best Buy offers $50 off iPhone 5

The first rule of iPhone is that it never, never goes on sale. The second rule of iPhone is that when iPhone does go on sale, it’s only last year’s model, or even older. The third rule of iPhone is that when this year’s model goes on sale, a new model is coming soon.

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Startup Clinic: Don’t write too much code before you have a customer

This is the first in a series of VentureBeat columns by award-winning author and serial entrepreneur Penelope Trunk. She’s going to be our startup critic: She’ll review new companies, point out what they’re doing right, and give them advice (which she’s never shy about anyway) for how they can improve. Her first company is Browsemob.

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Doing deals the right way

I’ve voiced quite a bit of opposition to the daily deals industry, but that doesn’t mean I’m opposed to discounting in general. Discounting can be an important part of the marketing mix, especially for encouraging trials.

Google+ check-in offers go live on its Android app

Google recently revealed its social network Google+ will support check-ins for businesses providing discounts through their Google Places page. Today, the capability was launched, but only through the Google+ Android application.

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.

Zozi lands $7M more for 100% guaranteed adventure deals

Zozi, a company that offers discounts to consumers on unique adventure and travel experiences, today announced it has secured a second round of funding for $7 million. The funding will be used to expand deals into new cities as well as hire additional employees.

LivingSocial does another deal with Amazon.com

Since VentureBeat first reported that Amazon.com was jumping into the group-buying frenzy with its $175 million investment in LivingSocial, we’ve been wondering how the companies will collaborate. Wonder no more: LivingSocial is offering $20 Amazon.com gift certificates for $10.

Report: Google offered $5.3B for daily deal site Groupon

Hot off the heels of an oft-criticized $700 million acquisition of flight-data provider ITA, search giant Google might now end up purchasing daily-deal provider Groupon for $5.3 billion, according to a report by AllThingsD. That comes just after reports of a buyout of the site for a mere $2.5 billion — less than half of what the latest reports indicate.