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Groupon guilty of ‘widespread’ breaches of consumer protection laws

Mark Sweney, guardian.co.uk OFT says it has concerns over reference pricing, advertising, refunds, unfair terms, and interactions with merchants. An Office of Fair Trading investigation has found Groupon guilty of “widespread” breaches of consumer protection laws, relating to issues including the pricing, advertising and unfair terms attached to its daily…

Groupon launches online bargain site in China

SHANGHAI – US Internet coupon deals website Groupon launched its China venture on Monday in partnership with local web giant Tencent, looking to tap into the world’s largest Internet population. Customers can now sign up on Gaopeng.com, with daily discounts from local merchants to debut in March, Groupon and Tencent…

Groupon on defensive over Tibet ad

WASHINGTON — Internet start-up Groupon was on the defensive Monday as it faced outrage for running a Super Bowl advertisement that highlighted Tibet’s woes to promote the online bargain site. The commercial during Sunday evening’s game, the most-watched time of the year on US television, opens with mountain scenes set…

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