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And They’re Off! Groupon IPOs With a Pop.

If you’re looking for a discount on Groupon shares you’re going to be out of luck this morning.

Get it? Hohoho.

So: As you may have heard, Groupon began trading this morning, and the stock immediately leapt up from its $20 per share open to $28. That’s a 40 percent leap, and it made CEO Andrew Mason, at least temporarily, worth around $1.3 billion.

That number also valued the entire company around $18 billion — about three times what Google offered to pay for the daily deals innovator last year.

Obviously, the number is going to bounce around throughout the day, so we’ll revisit this at least once more. And now back to our regularly scheduled programming …

 


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus