Google eyes Groupon clones following bungled buy

By on December 22, 2010 at 5:51 AM.

Google eyes Groupon clones following bungled buy

When it comes to the online coupon space, Google wants in. The Internet giant wants in so badly, it was willing to pay $6 billion for the current market leader, Groupon. The huge offer was actually pretty fair considering Groupon’s reported $1 billion in annual revenue, but the deal died on the table and now Google is left searching for other ways to enter the space. According to a report from the New York Post on Tuesday, the company is doing just that — Google is currently on the prowl for a “Groupon wannabe” to snatch up so it can compete with the company that rejected its advances. Google tends to get what it wants, so an acquisition is bound to happen soon — and that’s good news for consumers. Stiffer competition means more deals, and thus more savings for users of these trendy new local deal vendors. More →

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Apple iPhone inexplicably unavailable for NYC via online orders

By on December 27, 2009 at 6:54 PM.

Apple iPhone inexplicably unavailable for NYC via online orders

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This one has us scratching our heads. When attempting to order the iPhone for zip codes in Los Angeles, San Francisco and other major cities, everything seems perfectly fine. However, NYC zip codes, more specifically Brooklyn, removes the iPhone as an option for online sales. We called several stores in the NYC area, including one in Brooklyn, and the sales reps said stock was perfectly fine. So we chatted up online sales and they told us it wasn’t available in that area and, as noted by the image below, they couldn’t tell us why: More →

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Apple tries to burn iPhone 3G inventory with direct shipments

By on May 13, 2009 at 4:01 PM.

Apple tries to burn iPhone 3G inventory with direct shipments

Yep, it’s time to move that inventory fellas. Before next month rolls around and a new updated model turns the iPhone 3G into yesterday’s news, Apple has taken a step towards clearing out its current inventory by offering to direct ship iPhone 3G orders for free. Presuming you don’t want to wait to hear what Apple has in store next month — from what we’ve heard so far it looks like we may be looking at a very modest update — and making your way over to AT&T’s site requires too many button presses, you can now order direct from the Apple Store and have your shiny new iPhone within days. Pricing is still the same — for now — so this is likely a first step in a series of efforts to make room for iPhone part trois.

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