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Latest Google stuff: Local coupons, Google games, Google WiFi

Updated

Here are the latest Google offerings to check out:

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1) A list of Google related games, thanks to Blogoscoped.


2) Google has unveiled a way to search for local coupons. Let's say you want a car wash, and you are in area code 94303. Well, type in "car wash 94303" into Google Maps, and it will search for local coupons that fit the request. Here is the Mercury News story about it. (Note, we just tried the 94303 example, and Google doesn't have anything yet, so maybe this is early days). In any case, this offering is part of a Google deal with Valpak, the company that sends you those bulging blue envelopes full of coupons. Google will be offering its online component. Great, now we will try to get rid of all that paper waste coming to our mailbox from Valpak!

3) How good is Google's Mountain View WiFi service? Our expert reviewer Mike Langberg has tried it out, and says the service is ok, but there is downside: It doesn't offer tech support for those who can't figure out its geeky requirements.

(Update, one more:)

4) Google Blogger has released an update. Much needed. We don't see anything extraordinary, but there is a long list of changes. Details are here. Or tour here.


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If you'd like to see what online coupons look like for "car wash 94043" check out Oodle -- http://sf.oodle.com/service/coupon/?q=car+wash&loc=zip_94043%3Aregion%3A94043

Craig on August 15, 2006 10:20 AM
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I'm glad to see Google validate the market for local online coupons. Coupons loaded into Google go into a walled garden where advertisers can then sign-up for Adwords to promote them. With ZiXXo, coupons are syndicated throughout the web. They can even be embedded into maps, local search, online yellow pages, local newspaper websites, everything.

Mike on August 16, 2006 12:23 PM
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