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News, The Snitch Investing in Buzz Is a Loser's Game

Investing in Buzz Is a Loser's Game

There will likely never again be anything like the dotcom boom-and-bust of the late '90s. But that doesn't mean that everybody learned their lesson about investing in companies with questionable business models -- or at least in those with outsized…
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Dining, SFoodie Mystery Partially Solved: Why Are Groupon Customers More Critical on Yelp?

Mystery Partially Solved: Why Are Groupon Customers More Critical on Yelp?

Back in September, SFoodie reported on a study that found that merchants who offered a Groupon or Living Social deal saw a bump in the number of Yelp reviews but a decrease in the ratings those Yelpers gave them. What…
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News, The Snitch Groupon's Big Bowl of Problems

Groupon's Big Bowl of Problems

Groupon, it appears, means to get rich or die tryin'. On Friday, it updated a regulatory filing indicating that it is scaling back its IPO plans. Less than five months ago, when it first filed, the company said it planned…
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Dining, SFoodie Etiquette for Today's San Franciscan: Using Groupons and Tipping Mixologists

Etiquette for Today's San Franciscan: Using Groupons and Tipping Mixologists

Today, we're launching SF Etiquette, a weekly column in which I field your questions about dining out in 21st-century Bay Area restaurants. My somewhat specious qualifications: A) I go out to eat, professionally, somewhere between six and 12 meals a…
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Dining, SFoodie Does Groupon Hurt a Restaurant's Ratings?

Does Groupon Hurt a Restaurant's Ratings?

The selling point of daily deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial has long been that they bring in new customers and new revenue. Though there's concern that the online-deal market is saturated, deal sites may bring in as much as…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist How to Know When It's OK to Use Groupon During a Date

How to Know When It's OK to Use Groupon During a Date

What's the word on using Groupon deals during dates? Will I look like a cheap asshole if I use one? Did you know Groupon has its own dating site, Grouspawn? Therein lies perhaps the most enticing deal of all: if…
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News, The Snitch Battle of the Gaypons

Battle of the Gaypons

Imagine the vexation 32-year-old Robert Graham felt in January when he wanted to purchase web space for his new business Gaypon and discovered the URL GayPon.com already belonged to someone else. What's worse is that the page wasn't being utilized.…
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News, The Snitch Why Facebook and Yelp Are Dumping Daily Deals

Why Facebook and Yelp Are Dumping Daily Deals

When Groupon started getting tons of "next big thing" coverage a couple of years ago, I instinctively wondered how this could possibly be. I didn't question whether online coupons could be a viable business -- that seems obvious -- but…
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News, The Snitch Twitter Preens Itself Over $800 Million Funding Boost

Twitter Preens Itself Over $800 Million Funding Boost

Twitter has good reason to be chirpy today -- the company just received an estimated $800 million in funding, raising its value to $8 billion. The funding came from both old investors and new investor Digital Sky Technologies, a prominent…
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Dining, SFoodie Family Farms in Trouble, More Groupon Backlash, Dog for Dinner

Family Farms in Trouble, More Groupon Backlash, Dog for Dinner

Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media. Jonathan Kauffman is out this week, so Jesse Hirsch is filling in on Talking Points. Teamwork! 1. Small Farms Keep Struggling. There…
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Dining, SFoodie Consolidation Takes Hold in Deal-a-Day Coupon Biz

Consolidation Takes Hold in Deal-a-Day Coupon Biz

Three Knocks, who's there? Nobody, according to the company's website. After barely seven months, this Emeryville-based Groupon-type business has bowed out. Groupon-style promotions have been controversial for many restaurants who see them as little more than an exercise in giving…
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News, The Snitch Groupon GoogleAds Pulls a Bait And Switch, Lawsuit Says

Groupon GoogleAds Pulls a Bait And Switch, Lawsuit Says

Groupon is being accused of defrauding consumers by purchasing advertisements on Google for services the company did not offer, according to a federal lawsuit filed in San Francisco. A Google search for "San Francisco Tours" on Feb. 24, for example,…
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News, The Snitch Apple Sued for Privacy Invasion -- Again

Apple Sued for Privacy Invasion -- Again

The number of iPad and iPhone users that claim Apple has passed around their private information is growing by the day.In December, two separate groups of iPad and iPhone users sued Apple, Inc., claiming the company had created apps that…
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News, The Snitch 'Green Groupon' Launched By San Francisco Yoga Instructors

'Green Groupon' Launched By San Francisco Yoga Instructors

Look! A green Yogi.​Leave it to two yoga instructors to launch what we'll call the Groupon of Green -- it's actually called Green Box Top -- a group deal website featuring only sustainable products and services in San Francisco. Surely,…
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Dining, SFoodie S.F.'s Blissmo Urges Foodies to Go Green via Web Discounts

S.F.'s Blissmo Urges Foodies to Go Green via Web Discounts

According to a Change.org article published this week, "flash sales," or e-mail and Web operations offering time-sensitive discounts on products, are "the hottest segment of the consumer web market." How has market top-dog Groupon managed to do over $500 million…
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Music, All Shook Down Recession Got You Hurting? Live Off Groupon For a Year

Recession Got You Hurting? Live Off Groupon For a Year

Calling all of our unemployed Bay Area peeps, we have a crazy way for you to travel the US, with zero expenses, and make $100,000. The catch is you are not allowed to spend any of your own money; you…
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