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USA Today: Try It Local spreads Groupon-like deals across the country

Joe’s OK Bayou restaurant uses Try It Local coupons. Owner Joe Wheatley sits with a platter of crawfish. Nearly 120 people thought that was a good deal. So did Joe Wheatley, owner of Joe’s OK Bayou, a staple here since 1995. The deal using email coupons produced $702 for the restaurant and, Wheatley hopes, some new customers. It was another example of the fast-growing “daily deal” trend of group buying, in which restaurants, salons and other businesses offer huge discounts

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BusinessInsider: Facebook Offering Free Facebook Deals

Facebook, with its 500 million users in tow is about to cause an upset within the $10 billion daily deals industry. The purveyor of all things social is offering a free service called Facebook Deals that will allow merchants to send special offers to all Facebook users within their immediate area. Facebook Deals expands on the already popular Facebook Places, the location feature that lets users inform their friends of where they are and what they’re doing. The deals service,

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BusinessInsider: Was LivingSocial’s Big Amazon Deal A Big Bust?

Last week LivingSocial made a major coup with their record selling Amazon Gift Card deal. The offer, a $20 gift card for $10 at the retail giant’s estore was a big hit with more than 1.3 million deals sold in 24 hours for a total take of over $13 million. Last August Groupon saw similar success with their Gap deal, offering a $50 gift card for $25. The deal reportedly sold 441,000 coupons generating $11 million in sales. Clearly LivingSocial takes the lead in this

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MarketWired: Opens New Global Headquarters in San Francisco and New York City

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – July 7, 2009) –, the social inter-connectivity company, is expanding its operations with their new global headquarters in San Francisco and an additional office in New York City. From its new U.S. headquarters, will continue its groundbreaking effort to create a borderless Internet where users have the inalienable right to own and control their personal data. As an advocate for social media user rights, has held its ground in the fight for users

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CNET: Another way to manage online personalities: Profile Builder

Yesterday I recorded a podcast on the challenges of managing multiple social network profiles. Today I took a look at a new tool that’s supposed to help you do that: Profile Builder. It’s an aggregator service. You tell it where you blog, what your main social network is, what networks (like LinkedIn) you’re on, and it creates a nice widget for you that you can set to pop up when people press a little “P” icon that you put next

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