Dropbox Acquires Shopping Loyalty App Maker Endorse

Dropbox has acquired Endorse, a startup that had developed deep relationships with big consumer brands.
Endorsecrop

American Express Cardholders Can Now Tweet to Buy

American Express has been using social networks to distribute offers for more than a year, but this marks the first time it is selling things.
Screen Shot 2013-02-11 at 12.49.43 PM

First Round Capital’s Online Bazaar Hypes Its Investments on Cyber Monday

Investors dreaming of a green Christmas.
Screen Shot 2012-11-25 at 6.07.35 PM

Goodbye to Daily Deals? Groupon Emphasizes Always-On Deals.

Today, in New York and Chicago, consumers will start seeing a new Groupon, where offers will be browsable and searchable — and won’t disappear after a set period of time.
groupon_tv screens

Another Square Copycat: Bank of America Launches Mobile Payments

Bank of America’s new mobile payment solution is a little larger and not quite Square, but operates a lot like the one being distributed by the Silicon Valley start-up.
Bank of America Merchant Services' Square-Like Mobile Pay

Holiday Spending Online Will Again See Double-Digit Increases

Deal-seeking shoppers in the U.S. are expected to spend $68.4 billion online this holiday, according to Forrester.
e-commerce_art

Messaging App GroupMe Gets Into Commerce (No, Really!)

GroupMe will offer deals on real-world experiences to its users, in the hope that they will use its messaging app to coordinate and pay for their group activities.
GroupMeexperiences

News Byte

TrialPay Bulks Up Its Executive Team, Opens Office in Berlin

TrialPay plans to announce today that it is opening a European office in Berlin and adding three new executives to its management team. Managing Director of Europe Rob Schneider, formerly of Zanox, will head up the new office, while Jim Gerber, formerly of Google, will join the company’s offices in Mountain View, Calif., where he will be SVP of sales and partnerships. Lastly, Chris Davis,¬†former¬†SVP of Gaia Interactive, will become VP of Brand Sales. TrialPay helps online companies boost revenues by placing offers at the point of checkout.

AmEx to Offer a Prepaid Debit Card That Rewards Users in FarmVille Cash

American Express and Zynga are rolling out a rewards program today that will allow players to earn virtual currency when they spend money in the real world.
zynga_serve_ccs_May2012-moneytree

Voices

Foursquare Joins the Coupon Craze

Foursquare doesn’t want to be another popular — but unprofitable — social network. Its new plan to make money? Personalized coupons.