Google Offers: Google released its first national coupon using its Google Offers program Thursday, pushing out a deal for $25 worth of goods at outdoor retailer REI for $15. According to a blog post from the company, the coupon is good at REI’s online stores or at any of their 120 retail locations across the country. The coupon is good from Nov. 3, 2011, to April 29, 2012. The REI coupon is good for any user who’s signed up for Google Offers, regardless of whether or not the search giant offers local deals in their area, the company said. Google has been steadily expanding its coupon markets, now pushing out deals in more than 40 major metropolitan areas across the country, including Washington, D.C. The company also released an Offers app for Android.
Amazon lending books to Kindle owners: Amazon announced Thursday that it has launched the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library for owners of its e-reader who are also subscribers to its Amazon Prime service. Prime members can borrow one book a month, with no due dates. Users are allowed to have one book out at a time, the company said in a press release. All notes, bookmarks and highlights made on the borrowed book will still be there if the customer later purchases or re-borrows the book.
Yahoo intros apps: Yahoo, in an effort to pull itself into the tablet era, has released smartphone and tablet apps for Apple’s iOS platform. The Apple apps include the company’s long-anticipated Livestand magazine app similar to Flipboard. “Tablets are profoundly changing how we interact with media and Livestand captures that shift in a deeply personal and imaginative new experience,” said Blake Irving, executive vice president and chief product officer at Yahoo!, in a statement.
The company also launched iPad app versions of IntoNow, a social TV app, and Yahoo Mail plus a weather app for Android.
Groupon prepping IPO, report says:Groupon’s IPO has been expected any day now for months, but a report from All Things Digital indicates that the company may finally be pulling the ripcord this week by pricing its IPO Thursday and begin trading Friday morning. Citing unnamed “people familiar with the matter,” a report from The Wall Street Journal said that the company may price its shares above its current $16-$18 range.
In its latest filings, Groupon indicated that it expects to raise up to$540 million when it goes public, Reuters reported.
HTC introduces the Rezound: HTC showed off its next big smartphone at a press event today, debuting the HTC Rezound. The Rezound is the company’s first phone integrated with Beats Electronics, the Dr. Dre project that the smartphone maker invested $300 million in this past August.
The launch comes after Samsung’s unveiling of the Galaxy Nexus, which will be running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) instead of the Rezound’s 3.3 (Gingerbread) version. It also faces competition from Droid RAZR, an ultra-thin smartphone from Motorola. The Rezound has a faster processor than either of these competitors, but is not nearly as sleek.
The Rezound will hit Verizon’s network for $299 on Nov. 14.