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Groupon Inc (GRPN) News: Traditional Credit Card, Local Hub, Apple Inc. (AAPL) & More

Editor’s Note: Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)

Groupon Suspends Sales Rep While It Investigates Thinly Veiled Yelp Review Threat (Update) (All things d)
A Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN) spokesperson said on Sunday that the company was investigating whether one of its sales reps made a thinly-veiled threat to a restaurant owner to have his friends post bad reviews on Yelp and social media. In the interim, Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN) has suspended the rep, Andrew Johnston, from interacting with other merchants, Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN) spokesman Paul Taaffe wrote to AllThingsD in an email.

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Groupon endorses marriage equality in Illinois (Chicago Pride Com)
Love is Love. That’s the message in a new YouTube video released Friday by Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN). “We are Groupon and we are proud of being part of a diverse community of customers, merchants and employees,” an announcer says at the beginning of the employee-produced video. “We work better when everyone, including our LGBT co-workers, can bring their whole selves to work every day. That is why we support marriage equality.”

Groupon Wants to Be There for Your Card-Swiping Needs (Wall St. Cheat Sheet)
Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN) announced it now offers traditional credit card swiping hardware to businesses through its Breadcrumb payments network, a move the company has made to more firmly establish itself in businesses that may not use Breadcrumb’s swiping devices compatible with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s  iOS operating system. Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN)’s new credit card swiping terminals are made by VeriFone , and businesses have the option of buying, renting, or configuring a current Verifone device. Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN) acknowledged that not all businesses want or can afford to adopt Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) products.

Google, Groupon, Yelp And A “SoLoMo” Strategy (Value Walk)
More and more advertisers are shifting their spending to digital media like Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), which means the landscape of the advertising industry—local ads, in particular—is rapidly changing. UBS analysts said as this shift goes on, they expect to see larger and larger portions of local advertising shifted to mobile search, digital coupons, display ads, business listings and lead generation.

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Groupon UK launches Local Hub deal search service for customers with map tool (Retail Times)
roupon UK today announced the launch of its Local Hub deal search functionality in the UK. Local Hub is a new, online search tool that enables customers to search for offers in their city via an online map of their local area or by deal type. “Local Hub is a significant step towards our “pull” strategy. It enables customers to search for Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN) deals by type, location or merchant,” said Roy Blanga, managing director of Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN) UK, IE and Denmark.

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