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Patch Rolls Out Coupons: Is It Setting Its Sights on Groupon?

Aol's fast-growing, hyper-local news company Patch rolled out coupons on its sites last month. So far, the coupons appear to be of the traditional variety, but considering Patch's overall strategy and boots-on-the-local-ground base, I'd bet that it has a Groupon-clone under development.

Yelp Goes Groupon: Who Will Win in Local Deals?

Watch out, Groupon: Local reviews site Yelp has begun rolling out weekly deals in a number of cities. While the group buying site has a big leap on Yelp, there are many reasons why the latecomer could bridge the gap quickly.

Why Google Wants to Buy Yelp

Google is negotiating to buy local business review site Yelp for as much as $500 million, or at least that is what tech industry website TechCrunch is reporting. Yelp, which lets reviewers rate local businesses, has over 9 million unique visitors a month according to Internet research company Comscore.