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In the News: Yahoo, Apple, Facebook and more

Posted by Dale Buss on May 14, 2012 09:02 AM

In the News

Yahoo CEO and five board members step down as Ross Levinsohn named interim CEO and Scott Thompson discloses he has cancer.

Apple drops "4G" from UK iPad ads and reportedly bringing retina display to MacBook Pro while Foxconn prepares for Apple TV production.

Facebook co-founder renounces U.S. citizenship to avoid $600M in taxes as almost-over IPO roadshow focuses on mobile and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak wants in. (Also, wish Mark Zuckerberg a happy 28th birthday today.)

ABC bids adieu to Desperate Housewives.

Ally mortgage unit files for bankruptcy.

Avon weighs sweetened offer from Coty. (Update: Coty withdrew its offer late Monday.)Continue reading...

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In the News: Facebook, Disney, T-Mobile and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 26, 2012 08:59 AM

In the News

Ancestry.com acquires Archives.com for $100 million.

Anheuser-Busch warns UFC about fighters' inappropriate comments.

Apple now gets one-fourth of its revenue from China as CEO emerges from Jobs's shadow.

Bausch & Lomb shifts focus from contact lenses.

Bottega Veneta launches personalized fashion.

Burberry passes New York Times critique of designer lines for kids.

Burger King faces higher costs after decision to go cage-free.

Chrysler quadruples first-quarter profits and slow-walks investment in China.Continue reading...

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In the News: Apple, Burger King, Groupon and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on April 25, 2012 09:01 AM

In the News

Apple profit rises 94% on global iPhone demand, while iPhone also boosts Sprint.

Benetton founder hands reins to son.

bmi airline future hangs in the balance.

BMW stretches 3-Series for China.

Burger King makes commitment to animal welfare standards, expands Whopper Bar in Canada.

Citigroup takes over ATP World Tour tennis sponsorship from Legg Mason.

Facebook may be developing a smartphone with HTC.

Ford faces UK strike action.Continue reading...

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In the News: Burger King, Kraft, Yahoo and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 4, 2012 09:01 AM

In the News

AT&T faces possible union walkout.

Ally promotes financial literacy.

Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz reap luxury-sales gains in China.

Burger King plans to go public again in surprise move, selling $1.4 billion stake.

Coca-Cola remains UK's top grocery brand.

Delta counters industry gloom with late-March surge.

Facebook countersues Yahoo in patent spat.

Fisker debuts new plug-in as manufacturing plans hang in doubt.

Groupon hit with shareholder suit.Continue reading...

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In the News: Groupon, MolsonCoors, Fisker and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 3, 2012 09:01 AM

In the News

AFA Foods files for bankruptcy after pink-slime hit.

Apple faces UK inquiry on advertising, while stock price projections soar.

BSkyB sees resignation of James Murdoch as chairman.

Carl's Jr. and Hardee's ride the zeitgeist with Kate Upton, also in DirecTV spot.

Chrysler invests to boost quality.

Dropbox faces time to come through on hype.

ESPN reaches out to Hispanics with Spanish-language ad for SportsCenter.

Express Scripts and Medco win U.S. merger approval.Continue reading...

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In the News: iPad HD, Limbaugh, Netflix and more

Posted by Dale Buss on March 7, 2012 09:03 AM

In the News

Amazon's original programming plans draws speculation.

Apple prepares for iPad (HD?) reveal frenzy today while new device also could be boon for Verizon Wireless; and company receives key patent for iWallet.

Arby's uses holistic approach to social media to boost Klout score.

Bank of America is bullish on girl power.

Bentley's 'ugly' SUV the talk of the Geneva Motor Show.

Boeing forms alliance with Chinese jet maker.

Carbonite sees stock price drop after withdrawing advertising from Rush Limbaugh, as radio host sees 30+ advertisers leave, including Netflix.

Chevron faces criticism after gas-rig fire off Nigeria.

Cosmopolitan reaches 100K paid digital subscriptions.Continue reading...

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LivingSocial is Now in the Credit Card Business

Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 2, 2012 03:04 PM

In a bid to pull ahead of Groupon and other daily deals sites, LivingSocial is expanding its brand.

According to a report by Reuters, LivingSocial will launch its first credit card in the next few months, with no annual fee, offered with Chase and Visa to all U.S. subscribers in an effort to draw repeat customers for its merchant partners.

"Small and medium-sized local businesses will never be able to have their own credit card or loyalty program. We will be able to bring them the benefits of that," the company's CFO, John Bax, told Reuters.

Merchants will be offered short-term funding similar to other co-branded credit card and loyalty programs including deferred interest payments and rewards for spending. With ten purchases monthly, cardholders earn ten ‘Deal Bucks’ credits extensible to all LivingSocial daily deals and special offers such as discounted travel packages.

The move is designed to increase its utility to its subscribers — and counter critics who accuse the daily deal industry of advertising big ticket discounts and not cultivating loyalty or enough repeat business.Continue reading...

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Groupon Adds Velvet Rope, Goes on a Shopping Spree

Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 20, 2012 05:30 PM

Groupon CEO Andrew Mason was bullish at the 2012 Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference last week, where he commented, "We've cracked the code…at this point, when we think of the competitive landscape, we think that the biggest competitors are ourselves." 

It’s a bit of bravado midst a range of troubles besieging Groupon lately including 17 lawsuits brought against the company claiming they and other retailers violate federal and state consumer protection laws regarding voucher expiration dates and provisions about single transaction usage.

“Groupon effectively creates a sense of urgency among consumers to quickly purchase ‘groupon’ gift certificates by offering ‘daily deals’ for a short amount of time,” according to the first case filed last year, reported Bloomberg. “Consumers therefore feel pressured and are rushed into buying the gift certificates and unwittingly become subject to the onerous sales conditions.”

March 12th is the projected date for settlement of the class-action lawsuits. After raising $700 million in its IPO last November, Mason is committed to staying ahead of the competition, specifically, LivingSocial. "Our goal is six months from now, when you go to Groupon, it’s going to look and feel very different," Mason was quoted by Bloomberg. "It’s going to be a much more robust and refined service that immediately jumps off the page."Continue reading...

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