Gnome Update (UPDATED)

UPDATE: There is some recent confusion around Groupon’s intended use of a product name that the GNOME Foundation believes infringes on their trademarks. While notified by the GNOME Foundation directors that they believed this was the case, we were not able to come to an agreement and were proceeding with the registration of our marks. We apologize for any distress this has caused GNOME Foundation and the open source community.

We love open source at Groupon. We have open-sourced a number of projects on Groupon’s github. Our relationship with the open source community is more important to us than a product name.

After additional conversations with the open source community and the Gnome Foundation, we have decided to abandon our pending trademark applications for “Gnome.” We will choose a new name for our product going forward. We will continue to work with the Gnome Foundation as we rebrand our product.

Please see our joint statement on the GNOME Foundation’s website and below:

“Groupon has agreed to change its Gnome product name to resolve the GNOME Foundation’s concerns. Groupon is now abandoning all of its 28 pending trademark applications. The parties are working together on a mutually acceptable solution, a process that has already begun.”

Want a Honeymoon Re-Do?

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Groupon is offering you a chance to fix your honeymoon fail (or re-do that perfect trip with your true love.) Whether it was a trip of bliss or complete catastrophe, Groupon Getaways wants to give you a second honeymoon.

Enter our photo contest to win $5,000 Groupon bucks to use towards any Getaways Flash Deal, offering vacations in all corners of the world. Relax on the beaches of Thailand, twirl in the piazzas of Florence or renew your vows in the vineyards of Napa Valley. The world is your oyster, all over again.

How to enter:

  • Simply share a pic from your honeymoon on this page, post an Instagram with the hashtag #honeymoonredo or tweet your photo using the same hashtag

  • In your post, tell us why you deserve to be honeymooners all over again

  • Submit your entry and rally friends to vote for your picture

“Honeymoons, and any travel for that matter, create some of the most meaningful memories,” said Simon Goodall, vice president and general manager, Groupon Getaways. “We want to celebrate those cherished experiences, inspire people to share their memories and send one couple off to relive their honeymoon — or just completely re-do it altogether.”

Two additional entrants will be chosen randomly to win a Romantic Weekend Getaway, which includes $500 in Groupon Bucks to use towards any Getaways Flash Deal.

Good luck!

Introducing Snap by Groupon

We assume that everyone who subscribes to Groupon has these two qualities: A love of savings and a knack for coupons. That’s why we’re happy to announce the launch of Snap by Groupon, a free app that pays you cash for buying featured items each week at any supermarket or retailer in the US.

To celebrate the debut of Snap we’re giving one lucky shopper an opportunity to win a year of free groceries. Just download the app and use it to submit a grocery receipt through Nov. 11th to enter our sweepstakes!*

What do I need to know about Snap by Groupon?

  • Snap features cash-back offers on a variety of everyday grocery items, ranging from basic staples such as bread and milk to personal care and household products such as diapers and cleaning supplies.
  • It’s a way to help you discover new brands and save money on things you buy every day. Plus, using your smartphone makes couponing easier and more convenient (and you get paid to shop!)
  • You can use Snap to build your grocery shopping list within the app and add featured items you wish to purchase. After you accumulate $20 in cash back, you’re eligible to cash out.
  • In addition to entering to win a year of free groceries, Snap users have access to the following introductory promoted items and brands like any gallon of milk ($1.00 cash back), any loaf of bread ($1.00 cash back), Huggies ($3.00 cash back), and more!
  • You can easily refer family and friends to the app and earn $1 cash back for everyone that opens an account and redeems their first eligible offer.

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To download the free Snap by Groupon app, visit the Android Play Store or iTunes App Store.  Snap is also available on the web at snap.groupon.com.

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Groupon Releases Diversity Data

The recent conversation around diversity and technology has brought out a number of interesting perspectives and even more interesting data about the opportunities for greater participation and engagement from women and minorities. As a company that supports a transparent and open approach to this important conversation, today we are releasing our diversity numbers.

Like many of our tech industry peers, we recognize that there is more we can do. As a company that is just six years old, our inclusion and diversity programs are evolving alongside our business.

We are a global company with more than 12,000 employees in more than 45 countries. Inherent in that is a diversity of approaches, cultural experiences, identity preference, educational backgrounds and perspectives that all contribute to how we make decisions, build relationships, and create new ideas for Groupon.  It’s who we are; it’s how we operate, and we are proud of this inclusive culture that drives us to build the best products, deliver the best service and offer the best deals to customers and merchants.

Additional investments in inclusion and diversity can only help us continue on this path. It is for this reason that we are sharing our numbers to be transparent about where we are and showing our commitment to making a bigger impact in the future on inclusion and diversity within tech and at Groupon.

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Groupon Announces Integration with Apple Pay

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 12.54.51 PMunnamedToday we announced Groupon’s integration with Apple Pay, a new mobile payments service that will provide an easy, secure and private way to make purchases from the Groupon app on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. We’re proud to be one of the first mobile commerce companies to announce integration with Apple Pay, and the new payment option will be available to customers beginning in October.

With nearly 92 million app downloads worldwide and more than half of our transactions occurring on mobile devices, Groupon is one of the largest mobile commerce companies in the world. Bringing Apple Pay to the Groupon mobile app makes it easier than ever to find and buy the best things around you.

Groupon’s integration with Apple Pay allows customers to seamlessly check out with a single touch and pay using Touch ID from their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. It also allows new customers to create user accounts and make purchases on the fly with just a few taps.

Our consistently top-rated iOS app is one of the 25 most-downloaded free apps in the App Store. The updated version will launch alongside Apple Pay in October.

You can read the full announcement here.


Broadway Cares Winnner Snaps Selfie Hedwig Star

Rebekah-Laurie-Neilposter3In June, we gave our customers a chance to win a trip to New York City, share a drink with Neil Patrick Harris and see the Tony-winning musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” on Broadway. Donations went to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which supports people across the country living with HIV/AIDS. Broadway Cares works with more than 450 local organizations to ensure people living with HIV/AIDS have access to nutritious food, housing, and medical care.

We want to wish our winner, Laurie, congratulations! She and her daughter, Rebekah, got to see behind the scenes and snap a selfie or two with the show’s star.

Congratulations, Laurie!

Groupon Joins the Metropolitan Planning Council Placemaking Challenge

Have you heard of placemaking? Well, even if you haven’t, you may have seen the results of placemaking projects in your neighborhood. Placemaking is a grassroots movement to transform unused public areas into vibrant community spaces through lively events, art installations, gathering spots, and more. So a colorful wall mural, cafe chairs in a park, or a community BBQ could all be considered placemaking!

Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 4.50.26 PMAs part of our commitment to local communities, Groupon is partnering with the Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago for their 2014 placemaking challenge “Old Place New Tricks.” Groupon is currently running 19 unique Groupon Grassroots campaigns for participants in the 2014 challenge, allowing Groupon subscribers to donate to projects that range from transforming a vacant lot into Austin’s first “peace lot”, a permanent conflict-resolution space, to a bicycle-awareness event where residents can donate and purchase refurbished bikes and learn about bike safety.

Groupon employees are  getting in on the fun by transforming a vacant lot near Groupon’s River North headquarters into an art installation featuring portraits of community members. Volunteers are also constructing community ideas chalkboards that will be donated to every placemaking site.

IMG_20140811_120709999All events in the 2014 placemaking challenge are occurring during the weekend of August 15th throughout the Chicagoland area, bringing many Chicago communities together as they activate an unused space in their neighborhood. Participants are also eligible to win prizes of $1000 for their placemaking event, including the “Love Local” award sponsored by Groupon.

To learn more about placemaking visit the Metropolitan Planning Council’s website. Follow along on Saturday with #BeautifyChi to see our progress!

 

Groupon Engineers Hacking for Good

10550948_682256991849156_6330119962499547193_nIt seems like a few Groupon employees have seen the 1995 cult classic Hackers.

On Sunday July 27th, seven Groupon computer engineers and two representatives from DevBootCamp held a hackathon in conjunction with the 21st Century Youth Project. Groupon employees mentored 30 high school students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to get excited about computer science.

In honor of our colleague James Rapley, who was an avid cyclist and passed away last year, the “hackers” made use of the data from the Divvy Data Challenge to help the students design, plan, and code some awesome data visualization projects. Hannah Helbert from Divvy had this to say about the importance of the data challenge: “The purpose of the Divvy Data Challenge was to celebrate making all of our trip data public for the first time. It’s important because this data can reveal important information about how people utilize the system and what this means for not just Divvy, but how people travel and experience the city.”

For Groupon’s hackathon, students split into teams of 6-10 and each team had 2-3 mentors helping them come up with a visualization based on the data. After some brainstorming, the students came up with some great ideas around different visualizations, possible uses for the network, and even great ways of improving the bikes themselves.

Hacking ProjectThe following projects were selected by the teams:

  • Visualizing station usage using differently sized circles.

  • Finding out which bike record represented the RED divvy by correlating trips and twitter posts about bike sightings.

  • “Gameifying” the divvy network by offering achievements to users based on the distance traveled, number of stations visited, etc.

  • Ranking riders based on age/distance.

After the hackathon, we reached out to Divvy to see which idea they are most excited about. Helbert told us,“‘Gameifying’ is the most interesting idea to us, since this idea isn’t something we can already easily extrapolate from the data. This one is interesting because it’s a suggestion people have brought up, but that has not been executed. We’d be curious to hear innovative ways to make sure the system is appropriately balanced.”

Congrats to all the student and employee “hackers” on their successful event!

Follow Groupon.com on Snapchat

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Are you on Snapchat? We are too. So if you need a reason to ignore your surroundings in a socially acceptable way, follow us at Groupon.com.

Here’s additional incentive: As part of our kick off celebration, we’re offering an exclusive deal for an epic experience to attend Wiz Khalifa’s album release concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.

Sometime during the next seven days (ooh, mysterious!) we’ll send out a snap notifying followers when the deal is live. The first person to follow the link to the deal page will be able to purchase the deal for $4.20.

One lucky purchaser of the deal will receive:

  • 2 front-section tickets to the Red Rocks Amphitheatre album-release show for Wiz Khalifa’s new album, “Blacc Hollywood” on Aug. 19
  • Pre-show meet-and-greet with Wiz Khalifa
  • Coach round-trip airfare for two from anywhere in the continental U.S. to Denver departing Monday, Aug. 18 and returning Wednesday, Aug. 20
  • Two-night stay at a centrally located hotel
  • Ground transportation to and from the airport to the hotel

Also, starting tomorrow we’re featuring a collection of Wiz Khalifa’s “Blacc Hollywood” merchandise, including music and apparel.

So get to snappin’. We’ll push out exclusive deals and sweepstakes in a blink of an eye. Stay tuned!