Google makes a deal for The Dealmap

Google has snapped up The Dealmap, an aggregator of nearby shopping deals, in an acquisition that furthers its Google Offers ambitions. The purchase, whose price was not disclosed, shows that Google is proceeding even without its unsuccessful $6 billion bid for Groupon last year.…

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Today in Mobile

The Wall Street Journal has an eye-catching post this morning documenting Foursquare’s attempts to turn its 10 million users into revenue. The…

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Why Color Is More Than “Yet Another Photo-Sharing App”

Much of last week’s buzz surrounding the launch of Color was justifiably skeptical about whether the world really needs another mobile photo-sharing app. But two components of Color’s vision – implicit networks and place/time tagging – extend far beyond photo-sharing, and make Color worth watching as a potential indicator of social media and data-mining trends.…

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Where Will Zynga Go Next?

Last week began with stories that social game maker Zynga was raising $250 million at a valuation north of $7 billion. By the end of the week, the company was close to raising twice that, at a $10 billion figure. Bubble talk aside, why would anyone think Zynga was worth that much?…

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The Business That Powers Local Social Media

“Local” and “social” go together like bread and butter. Add “mobile” and you’ve a trio of hot technologies that’s attracting capital from investors and big companies alike. For consumers, there are obvious synergistic experiences: mobility is local by definition, as are many social activities like physical-world shopping and going out for entertainment. But what’s the business that is driving this trio right now?…

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4 Ways Technology Will Change Black Friday

Originally intended to get shoppers out in full-force to start the holiday shopping season, Black Friday has become a holiday unto itself, where bargain hunters shake off their turkey hangovers to wake up before dawn and chase amazing deals. But as is the case with most activities, technology is rapidly changing the way people shop.…

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Today in Mobile

Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project today published an eye-opening report on the state of location-based services. According to the…

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