After numerous conversations and a threat of legal action from the GNOME Foundation, Groupon has finally decided to find a new name for the goofy-looking tablet-based platform for merchants it launched in May.
“Groupon has agreed to change its Gnome product name to resolve the GNOME Foundation’s concerns,” a joint announcement said. “Groupon is now abandoning all of its 28 pending trademark applications. The parties are working together on a mutually acceptable solution, a process that has already begun.”
Groupon has purchased flash sales site Ideeli for an appropriately deep discounted price. The Chicago-based website, which is pivoting away from its famous daily deal model, plopped down $43 million in cash today for the unprofitable retail site.
After a string of bad news for the company, it looks like the cofounder and CEO of LivingSocial is jumping ship.
Tim O’Shaughnessy, head of the daily deals site that brings you fabulous discounts on mozzarella making classes and pole dancing seminars, announced in an email to staff that he’ll be stepping down sometime in the first half of the year.
Exit This Way
Another number to add to your Snapchat statistic stew: 70 percent of the app’s users are women. The rest are dogs. [WSJ]
Pinterest is entering the travel sector with “Place Pins,” where users create boards and place…pins on to destinations. Sponsors will populate the slots with information and media about the area. [Skift]
Groupon’s new “Freebies” section sounds a lot easier than getting a Klout perk. [Chicago Tribune]
If Barry Diller still ran Fox, he would absolutely sue Aereo for scraping its signals. But since he financially backs the streaming startup and has successfully defeated any court cases against it, he says he’s “on the side of the Angels.” [TVSpy]
AOL’s Tim Armstrong and Gilt Founder Kevin Ryan are joining Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s transition team. [Politicker]
Another New York startup is cashing out today. Groupon announced this morning that it’s acquired SideTour, the TechStars NYC-approved “marketplace for experiences” that lets you to pony up for small tours of 5Pointz or cruise New York harbor on a sailboat.
The Syrian Electronic Army had a busy day yesterday. It claimed it took control of Twitter and the New York Times‘ domains and made it impossible for some users to access the sites. [CNet]
Groupon is eying a network of warehouses as the daily deals website tries to take on Amazon. [WSJ]
“BlackBerry, as BlackBerry users know it, is finished.” [BuzzFeed]
Thousands signed a petition to retain Uber service in Dallas in response to the city council’s proposed regulation that would make the on-demand car service impossible to operate. [Fox 4 News]
So, this is happening! The Smithsonian has acquired an app’s code for a design collection. [The Verge]
A Groupon employee and certified Internet tough guy who threatened to have his friends write disparaging Yelp reviews about a small business owner has been fired.
Last week, proprietor Trip Hosley posted a note on his restaurant’s Facebook page of an email exchange between him and Groupon sales rep Andy Johnston. Apparently Mr. Johnston was displeased with Mr. Hosley’s habit of hanging up on him, so he threatened to unleash his “huge network of friends that are all extremely active on social media” to post negative remarks on Yelp about the bistro.
Ever find yourself wondering, on a slow Thursday afternoon, what Groupon’s up to these days? Well, here’s an update, courtesy of ABC News: The site is currently running a deal on P EZ travel urinals for the ladies, though really it would be better described as a pee funnel.
P EZ? Get it?
The S.S. Groupon might be finally veering into steadier waters: The daily deal site deleted the interim tag from Eric Lefkofsky’s name, meaning it finally has a CEO. That sent shares up 20 percent. [AllThingsD]
YouTube founders are releasing their own Vine and Instagram competitor today called MixBit. It appears easier to edit videos than the other two apps and lets users record a full 16 seconds of film. [New York Times]
Bebo’s back! Site founder Michael Birch released a weird video celebrating its return proclaiming “The new Bebo will be very different from the old one” then showed some phallic artwork. [Business Insider]
Facebook is trying out a trending topics section. [TechCrunch]
Kara Swisher, a former Washington Post employee, has some unsolicited advice for its new owner Jeff Bezos. [AllThingsD]
Last month we reported that former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason was eschewing the traditional “taking a break to spend time with his family” routine in lieu of one that would make “investors” like Will.i.am proud: Mr. Mason, who was fired from the daily deals site he founded earlier this year, has recently been spending time in L.A. recording his first album of “motivational business music,” entitled “Hardly Workin’.”