LivingSocial Acquires Stake in Europe's Let's Bonus

LivingSocial has acquired a majority stake in Let’s Bonus, which operates a daily deals site in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Argentina and Mexico. With the stake, LivingSocial now offers steep discounts via email for spas, restaurants and other services in more than 170 markets, serving 16 million subscribers in 10 countries, compared to its archrival, Groupon, which serves 50 million subscribers in 40 countries. LivingSocial did not disclose how much it paid or how big of a stake it purchased. The company recently raised more than $180 million in capital from Amazon and others.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work