Groupons galore - update

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A Groupon representative has confirmed that the original URLs for each of the three Asian sites purchased by the coupon giant on December 1 will be added to Groupon within the next two weeks.

Groupon's Julie Mossler said that the URLs of, and will be added to Groupon within two weeks' time, and will transform into Groupon URLs in the beginning of 2011.

For now, users in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore can still visit these sites at their original addresses.

Baidu, China's most popular search engine, launched the beta version of its own group coupon site, called Youa Tuangou (or "group buy"), on December 2. It is starting off relatively small, covering only the Beijing area and offering three deals.

Chinese shoppers now have more than 1,200 Groupon-like sites to choose from to "clip" coupons.

The most popular include: (available in 100+ cities), (Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan), and Groupon China (Beijing, Chengdu, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Jinan, Nanning, Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenyang, Suzhou, Tianjin, Xiamen, Taiyuan and Zhengzhou).

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