If you use Google Offers to find deals in your area, those days are numbered. Offers has been pulled from the Play Store and App Store, coming on the heels of another Google shutdown. Though Google promises not to remove themselves from retail, their deal-finding app/service is gone.
Google has submitted a new set of proposed remedies in the hope of escaping EU antitrust censure, the vice president in charge of competition policy has reveled, now encompassing mobile and voice search in addition to traditional methods. Negotiations continued until the end of September, Joaquín Almunia told the European Parliament today, and while he would not detail the concessions, did say that they were much improved over the initial set of generally panned possibilities. Among the tweaks, Almunia commented, was how the search giant will treat "queries entered in Google in whatever form - whether they are typed or spoken – and irrespective of the entry point or the device."
Have you ever gone to the store with a fistful of coupons, bought everything the coupons were going to save you a ton of money on, paid for your purchase, drove home, emptied your bags -- and discovered that fat stack of precious, money-saving coupons untouched in your wallet? Don't you wish you could go back and get the discounts that were coming to you? That's essentially what Google is offering to do for its customers who have forgotten to redeem their Google Offers discounts. Beginning October 7, Google will start issuing automatic refunds for forgotten or expired Google Offers claimed on advance purchases made through the service.
Google's attempts to diffuse the risk of antitrust punishment in Europe look to be insufficient, the EU's competition commissioner has warned, saying it is "almost 100-percent" likely that more concessions will be demanded. The search company had submitted a list of potential ways it could level the playing field - including giving rivals prime position in results pages - back in April, but according to the EU's antitrust chief, they're unlikely to be considered enough.
Google Offers integration has arrived in Google+. The initial support will be limited to a handful of participating businesses, however that number is likely to grow with time. For now those looking to get in on the offers should pay attention to the +GoogleOffers page. Google has said the integration will allow users to discover, share and save offers and that appears to be exactly what is available.
A trial of Google's attempts to avoid European Union censure around anti-competitive search behaviors looks set to struggle to gain necessary agreement from rivals, with the concessions in testing insufficient to satisfy the complaints. The EC announced yesterday that it would begin a month-long test of Google's proposed methods to dilute the over-dominance of the European search market that it has been accused of, including giving three rival services positions on its results page right next to its own. However, the concessions are already failing to win over critics.
Google has been running its Google Offers service for a while where you can find discounts for all sorts of things, such as food, locally. The service specifically tunes the offers to your location be it at home or while traveling. The goal is to get you to go into these local establishments and try things out, and hopefully make money for retailers advertising with Google Offers.
While the thought and idea behind Google Wallet is an excellent one, most carriers want nothing to do with Google's mobile payment solution. With only one US carrier launching a device with Google Wallet pre-installed, the rest are seeking other solutions such as Isis for their payment methods. Today however we are hearing talks that Google is reportedly working on Wallet 2.0 to up their game.
The number one search engine provider today announced that Google Offers, which you may know as "not Groupon or LivingSocial," has secured a couple new partnerships that it hopes will make the platform a bit more viable in this competitive space. The daily deal site market is incredibly crowded, and only a couple are actually in the mainstream lexicon, so Google has an uphill climb.
If you're willing to let Google track you like a hawk over an extended period, the online search giant is willing to pay you $25. That is, $5 for signing up and then $5 in monthly installments if you continue to feel like you don't deserve any privacy on the Internet. Oh, and that's not in cash either. It's paid in a series of Amazon.com gift cards. It's not exactly break-the-bank kind of money, but it is probably incentive enough to draw in a pretty significant user base.