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Groupon is a deal-of-the-day website that features discounted gift certificates usable at local or national companies. Groupon was launched in November 2008, and the first market for Groupon was Chicago, followed soon thereafter by Boston, New York City, and Toronto. By October 2010 Groupon served more than 150 markets in North America and 100 markets in Europe, Asia and South America and had 35 million registered users.The idea for Groupon was created by now-ousted CEO and Pittsburgh native Andrew Mason. The idea subsequently gained the attention of his former employer, Eric Lefkofsky, who provided $1 million in "seed money" to develop the idea. In April 2010, the company was valued at $1.35 billion. According to a December 2010 report conducted by Groupon's marketing association and reported in Forbes Magazine and the Wall Street Journal, Groupon was "projecting that the company is on pace to make $1 billion in sales faster than any other business, ever".However, a report from Forrester Research in October 2011 suggested that the Groupon business model was a "disaster" and that the firm had become an example of "how fast an Internet darling can fall."In its first earnings release as a public company, Groupon reported a 2011 fourth-quarter loss of $9.8 million on an adjusted basis, disappointing investors. Additional investor concern arose after the company restated 2011 revenues downward in March 2012. Wikipedia.

Embodiments provide a computer-executed method, a computer system and computer program product for facilitating a commercial transaction. The method includes transmitting computer-executable instructions to cause a representation of an item to be displayed on a consumer interface rendered on a visual display of a computing device associated with a consumer. The method also includes receiving, from the computing device, an indication of consumer input performed using the consumer interface, the consumer input associated with the representation of the item available for a commercial transaction. The method also includes receiving, from the computing device, biometric information associated with the consumer. The method also includes determining an identity of the consumer based on the biometric information and, based on the identity of the consumer, associating the consumer input with a predetermined command defined for the consumer. The method further includes transmitting computer-executable instructions to facilitate a transaction associated with the command with respect to the item.

Groupon | Date: 2015-07-20

A system can determine that a mobile device, located at a physical place of business transmits a first electronic communication for redemption of an electronic offer at the physical place of business. The system can further detect a second electronic communication transmitted from the mobile device, which indicates a first identifier. The first identifier can be associated with a verifier of the electronic offer (e.g., a staff member) at the physical place of business. The system can further determine, based on analysis of the first identifier, a second identifier (e.g., contact data, a telephone number, etc.), that corresponds to the verifier, without providing the second identifier to the mobile device. The system can further electronically transmit, utilizing the second identifier, a third electronic communication that indicates information about the redemption of the electronic offer.

The method, apparatus, and computer program product provided herein provide for distribution of customized content to displays in a network. A display may receive video content for display from a transceiver device. Channel configurations may be user-configured to include content from any number of sources. Channel content may be generated based on a channel configuration to incorporate identified content and the channel content may be provided to transceiver devices. Alert messages may be pushed to channels, and takeovers of transceiver devices to stream a particular channel may be performed.

Groupon | Date: 2015-08-07

A method, apparatus, and computer program product are disclosed for self-service design, scheduling, and delivery of user-defined reports regarding promotions. The method includes receiving, from a user device, a report type and report delivery information. Based on the report type, relevant data regarding the one or more promotions is collected, using which a report is generated. The method then outputs the generated report based on the report delivery information. Optionally, analytical insights, such as trends within the data, sample size, suitability of control data, and indications of statistical significance, are generated and included in the report. A corresponding apparatus and computer program product are also provided.

Provided herein are systems, methods and computer readable media for scheduling services and other types of appointments in conjunction with purchasing and/or redeeming deal offers. Merchants may customize a scheduling system to provide scheduling capabilities and deal redemption capabilities to consumers interested in scheduling appointments. A consumer may use the scheduling system to select dates and times, merchant locations, and/or staff members, among other things, when scheduling appointments, and provide deal and/or other payment related information to the merchant. Merchants may use the scheduling system and consumer date received therefrom to track resources across numerous locations, keep apprised of their staffs availability, receive/generate analytics data related to the affect deals have on their business, and gain a better understanding of their customers. The scheduling system may be integrated into the merchants website and/or linked to deals offered by a third party promotional system.

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