Google’s Groupon Competitor Now in Five New Cities

Google Offers, which is challenging the likes of Groupon, is expanding into five new markets, in contrast to the recent move by Facebook to shut down its Deals business after only four months. Google is now operating the business in eight markets. Being added today: Austin, Boston, Washington, D.C., Denver and Seattle. Offers can be received by subscribing to a daily email or by viewing them on the Google Shopper app for Android.

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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