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Heartsy Guarantees You Will Probably Be Broke in 10 Days

Please, Internet, just take our money. No, no, we insist. As we know all too well, group coupon programs have already made a significant dent in the nation's wallets. ("I know that heights terrify me, but what if I change my mind and decide I really do want to go sky-diving? Crap. I should probably buy this coupon just in case...") Well, the sneaky services have struck again where it's bound to...

Groupon CEO: Malfunctioning Brain Responsible for Bad Superbowl Ad

Wait, we're still talking about the Groupon Superbowl ads? Yes, yes we are. In a recent BusinessWeek profile, Groupon CEO Andrew Mason noted that his company had cut ties with Crispin Porter + Bogusky, the agency responsible for the ad (and ensuing debacle). "[We] turned off the part of our brain where we should have made our own decisions. We learned that you can't rely on anyone else to control...

Facebook Will Launch Groupon-Like 'Deals' Program

Facebook is preparing to launch a new 'Deals' program that will bring Groupon-like discount sharing to the world's largest social network. The program, set to go live within the next few weeks, will initially launch in five cities: Atlanta, San Francisco, San Diego, Dallas and Austin. As with services like Groupon and LivingSocial, Facebook's Deals campaign will allow users to share daily...

Groupon Testing B2B Waters with $12,500 'Deal'

We're used to seeing Groupon deals invade our inbox with offers for half-price sushi and dirt cheap laser hair removal. Most deals don't exceed $99. But last week, an offer for 50-percent off IT consulting services from Ajilitee popped up in the new Groupon Stores. And, even with the half-off discount, Ajilitee's services still cost a staggering $12,500. The company didn't have any takers...

Robert Thurman 'Loved' Groupon's Tibetan Super Bowl Commercial

Groupon's infamous Super Bowl commercials caused quite a stir last month, and the company was eventually shamed into issuing an apology. But Robert Thurman, Tibetan Buddhist scholar and father of actress Uma, says he didn't have a problem with the Groupon spot that satirized pro-Tibet activism. "That was great -- I loved that," Thurman told the New York Observer. "Some people in the Tibetan...

Groupon Pulls Controversial Ads, Apologizes for Offending Viewers

Groupon has pulled a series of commercials that debuted during the Super Bowl, acknowledging that the controversial ad campaign "offended a lot of people." In a post on the company's blog, Groupon founder Andrew Mason announced that some of the satirical spots would still air today, but confirmed that the campaign would end thereafter. "We hate that we offended people, and we're very sorry...

Groupon Courts Controversy With 'Offensive' Tibet, Rain Forest Ads

If you watched the game last night, you may have witnessed many affronts to good taste, including Timothy Hutton shilling Tibetan food for Groupon. Lampooning the seriousness of conservation and humanitarian efforts, Groupon employed celebrities to ask you to "Save the Money" rather than, you know, save the whales. Hutton explains, "The people of Tibet are in trouble. Their very culture is in...

'Google Offers' Fills Company Void After Failed Groupon Bid

Oh Google, is there any service you can't copy and ultimately screw up? We're big fans of the crew in Mountain View generally, but sometimes they just don't know when to leave well enough alone. Since the search giant was unable to snatch up Groupon last year, the company is now preparing to launch a clone of the group-centered purchasing site. The service is being called Google Offers, and, like...

Living Social/Amazon Deal Draws 1.3 Million Users (and $13 Million) in One Day

Groupon competitor Living Social made a splash yesterday when it offered a $20 Amazon gift card for $10 as its daily deal. According to Media Bistro, the site lured in over 1.3 million purchasers, bringing the site to an absolute crawl as they snatched up the deal. According to Business Insider, then, the venture made over $13 million in gross revenue for the day....

Groupon Finally Lists Its First Geeky Wedding 'Deal'

In many ways, Groupon's rise to Web prominence has been typical, considering the expected appearances of early chaos, wacky promotional campaigns and lucrative business propositions. Like so many other trendy, prosperous sites -- particularly of the social networking and media variety -- Groupon has now hosted a geeky wedding proposal, titled, "A Surprise for a Dana from a Greg." In typical...

Groupon Unveils BlackBerry App for Mobile Deals

Daily deal purveyor Groupon recently rolled out an official mobile app for BlackBerry, letting RIM smartphone users get the same cupcake and yoga deals as their iPhone and Android brethren. Users in the U.S. and Canada will get access to Groupon's daily deal, GPS-equipped searches for nearby bargains, and all purchased Groupons for paperless redemption. Grab the free download in BlackBerry App...

Shopping Tips: Know What You Want, Know How To Get It

Finally flexing your shopping chops, huh? Thinking you can score some sweet deals on your Web jaunts? Now that you are up to date on your favorite stores and have your phone loaded with shop-happy apps, you think you are invincible, right? Wrong. You are still babes in the woods. Luckily, we are here, ready to save you from your retail-reject past....

25 Best Android Apps Under $1

You may be on the road less traveled, but, if you are part of the Android movement, you are ahead of the smartphone curve. The platform's many benefits are offset, though, by real setbacks -- like the fact that Android owners aren't shepherded by the Draconian App Store monitored by the Big Brothers at Apple. We are freer, but we are also subjected to a load of crap, like cross-platform...

Shopping Tips: Keep Your Apps (and Deals) Super Fresh

Ah, our shopping Padawans. Yesterday, we got you on , but today, we are going to teach you to be savvy shoppers on-the-go. Most mass retailers have dedicated apps, but if you had an app for every store you've ever shopped, your phone would be groaning under its own consumerist weight. So, for today, we've listed our five best shopping apps and a couple basic suggestions, so you can score rad...

Best Shopping Apps to Save Your Time, Money and Sanity

It's early December, the holidays are just around the corner, and you haven't even begun thinking about what gifts you're going to buy for your friends and family. Each day seems to bring a new diamond commercial and another blow-out holiday sale, but, for some reason, you can't muster up the energy to get off your couch and face the gauntlet of yuletide shopping. Before you know it, you're on a...