Google buys German bargain website

Google has bought German local bargain website DailyDeal as the internet titan seeks to expand its own local deals programme to users outside the United States.

Google buys German bargain website
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“As more and more people go online to find the latest, most relevant deals, we’re exploring new ways to help consumers get the best local deals out there,” a Google spokeswoman said in an email response to an AFP inquiry.

“The DailyDeal team has an incredible track record in this space, and we look forward to working with them,” she said.

Google currently offers local bargains in a number of US cities, a programme called Google Offers, and the DailyDeal acquisition comes just days after Google announced it has bought restaurant review guide Zagat.

DailyDeal was a two-person operation when it was founded in Berlin in December 2009. The startup boasts seeing “tremendous growth.”

People throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland have used DailyDeal to find local deals on restaurants, travel, entertainment and shopping, according to the startup’s website.

“We see great opportunity to better connect businesses with consumers on a much larger scale, and we have found a team that shares our vision,” the DailyDeal team said in an online post announcing it was bought by Google.

“By combining our expertise with the Offers team at Google, we hope to expand our efforts to provide even greater deals to consumers,” DailyDeal added.

Google expanded Google Offers to five more cities earlier this month in a challenge to online deals giants Groupon and LivingSocial.

Google said it had begun offering the deals from local businesses in Austin, Texas, Boston, Denver, Seattle, and the nation’s capital, Washington.

Google launched a test of Google Offers in Portland, Oregon, in June and expanded it to San Francisco and New York a month later.


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Ten German abbreviations that will have you texting like a true native

The modern, simple syntax of text speak is a ‘Handy’ method of communication to cut down time on the complexities of language and to impress your native German friends.

Ten German abbreviations that will have you texting like a true native
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Notorious for its long compound nouns and complex grammatical system, the German language often receives a bad rap as being difficult to perfect.

However, with the ever-expanding world of social media and smartphones, the language is continually adapting. 

Both Kurzdeutsch (short German) and Netzjargon (internet slang) are on the rise, in line with the ever-expanding, fast-paced world of technology and instant messaging.

READ ALSO: ‘Short German’ text speak spares you from grammar

Our short guide to German text speak will have you chatting online like a local in no time.

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Bd – Bis dann (‘until then’)

A useful phrase that is an equivalent of ‘see you later’.

kD – kein Ding (‘no problem’) 

Literally meaning ‘no thing’, this phrase can be used when you need to say that something is no bother or no issue.

kA – keine Ahnung (‘no idea’)

An all-important phrase for learners of the tricky German language, kA can stand for ‘keine Ahnung’, or ‘no idea’.

LG – Liebe Grüße (‘Best wishes’ / ‘Kind regards’)

This abbreviation is often used as a sign off at the end of a text message.

vlt/vllt – vielleicht (‘maybe’, ‘possibly’)

A shortened version useful for expressing uncertainty. Germans also use evt or evtl (short for ‘eventuell’) for the same purpose. 

WE – Wochenende (‘weekend’)

This is a helpful phrase to arrange plans or express excitement for that Friday feeling – ‘Wochenende’ is the German word for weekend.

nix – nichts (‘nothing’)

Commonly seen on social media, Germans often shorten the word ‘nichts’ to ‘nix’ online.

Gn8 – Gute Nacht (‘goodnight’)

Perhaps a little outdated now, the German word for the number eight, ‘acht’, can be used in text language to form whole words, similarly to the English use of ‘gr8’.

IRL – im richtigen Leben (‘in real life’)

Equivalent to the English ‘IRL’, this abbreviation is used to denote something in the real world, rather than in the digital one.

hdl – Hab dich lieb (‘love you lots’)

Commonly used among family and close friends, this initialism is used to express love. For a romantic partner, you might see ild (‘Ich liebe dich’ – I love you).