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Schibsted drops the Bikhir brand in Morocco

Detail of the merger of Schibsted-owned Bikhir.ma and Avito.ma, the two leading general classified sites in Morocco, was announced this week, five months after the deal was first signed in February (our report here). The merged site will be called Avito.ma, and it will be headed by Bikhir’s manager Larbi Alaoui Belrhiti, the parties announced… This content is available to Classified...

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De Persgroep requests Dutch regulator’s approval to buy Mecom

The Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) was requested by Belgian media group De Persgroep Publishing to approve its acquisition of Mecom Group’s assets in the Netherlands and Denmark, Dutch regulator said Thursday (statement in Dutch available here). ACM will examine whether there will be sufficient competition in case the acquisition was approved, and is expected to make a decision...

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EBay ad GM to be LivingSocial CEO, prez

Gautam Thakar, nine-year EBay and Shopping.com veteran and GM of EBay advertising for nearly two years, is leaving the online marketplace giant to become CEO and president at the mightily-struggling deal-focused LivingSocial.   Thakar replaces Tim O’Shaughnessy, who announced his leave-taking back in January.  Here’s the announcement:  LivingSocial Names Gautam Thakar as CEO and...

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Groupon adds SVP, board member

Deals marketplace giant Groupon has added CDW SVP and CFO Ann Ziegler to its eight-member board of directors. Recent Sears Holdings SVP Dane Drobny has been named SVP, general counsel and corporate secretary. Here’s the announcement:   Groupon Adds Ann Ziegler to Board of Directors; Announces Appointment of Dane Drobny as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate...

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Groupon debuts Gnome for merchants

Proving yet again that the severe decline of the original push model of daily deals is not going to be its death knoll, Groupon rolls out a snazzy new tool for its merchants. The new Gnome is a tablet-based piece of hardware and software that replaces in-store cash registers. Not only will Gnome know instantly that the store’s customer is a Groupon customer too, but its point-of-sale...

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Boxed mobile market gets $6.5 million

Right on the heels of Groupon’s roll out of Groupon Basics, which competes with Costco, Sam’s Club and the like, mobile bulk-buy marketplace Boxed has received $6.5 million Series A funding led by Greycroft and First Round Capital.   Boxed saves shoppers 25 to 50 percent off retail.  The purchase includes free two-day shipping.  As with Groupon Goods, Boxed charges no membership...

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