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Beyond The Daily Deal: Groupon’s 170M Deals And 33M Users; Aims To Be ‘The OS For Local Commerce’

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Written by Raj Rastogi Monday, 07 May 2012 17:58

groupon logoGroupon's CEO Andrew Mason today posted a letter to shareholders with some updated figures on how the company is doing, and a more specific outline of what Groupon plans to do to to move beyond daily deals: "To become the operating system for local commerce." The move is a significant one as Groupon attempts to shore up investor confidence amidst a series of accounting issues, and the fact that some believe interest in the basic service of daily deals is beginning to wane. It also underscores some of the challenges Groupon still faces as a company. Mason notes that at the moment there are "10 million geo-located subscribers engaging with Groupon every month who have yet to make a purchase."
 

AT&T Reveals The $49 Samsung Focus 2, Their Cheapest LTE Windows Phone Yet

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Written by Raj Rastogi Monday, 07 May 2012 17:58

Focus_2_image_-_front_201205070756461Well, this morning seems like it's going to be all about sequels. Not only do we have a shiny new Droid Incredible to wait for, AT&T has just pulled back the curtains on a new device in their Focus series of Windows Phones: the LTE-friendly Focus 2, which will launch on May 20 for a mere $49.99 with a two-year contract. The Focus 2 may lack the star power and the marketing muscle behind devices like the Lumia 900, but it has managed to turn a few heads in recent weeks back when it was still known as the Samsung Mandel.

comScore: Google Sites Top Facebook On Mobile; 4 Out Of 5 Mobile Media Minutes Spent In Apps

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Written by Raj Rastogi Monday, 07 May 2012 17:58

comScore -1Online and mobile research company comScore just released its newly rebooted and retooled Mobile Metrix report this morning, which examines mobile media usage across both apps and mobile web browsing. According to the new data, Google sites led as the top property on iOS, Android and RIM devices, reaching 96.9% of the U.S. mobile audience, followed by Facebook, Yahoo sites and Amazon sites. But apps dominated in terms of usage, says comScore, with 4 out of every 5 mobile media minutes spent in apps.
 

HTC Reveals The Verizon-Bound Droid Incredible 4G LTE

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Written by Raj Rastogi Monday, 07 May 2012 17:58

IncredibleWhen we first took a look at the HTC One S, we felt that it was just another Android phone, despite the quality hardware. With today's introduction of the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE, the same sentiment rings true. All the specs you'd expect are present and accounted for, including Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC's Sense 4 overlay, but I have yet to find a really stand-out feature on this third-generation device.

Social Loyalty Platform PunchTab Launches Agency Platform; Touts Customers Like eBay & Arby’s

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Written by Raj Rastogi Monday, 07 May 2012 17:58

badges-transSocial loyalty platform PunchTab, which raised its $4.4 million Series A in November, is rolling out its new platform for agencies, allowing them to run customized incentives campaigns to promote customers' brands on any social network. That's a differentiating factor between PunchTab and some other social loyalty plays which often only focus Facebook and Twitter. With PunchTab, agencies can also target popular networks like Instagram and Foursquare, for example. The fully branded programs are available both as standalone experiences or embedded in Facebook. The company has already signed up some notable customers in Q1 of this year, including Arby's, eBay, and the Toy Industry Association.
 

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