Kari Lipschutz

WhaleShark Acquires U.K. Coupon Company

WhaleShark Media, owners of RetailMeNot, Deals.com, and Deals2Buy.com, will acquire eConversions, the U.K.-based company that owns VoucherCodes.co.uk and Gutschein-Codes.de in Germany. TechCrunch reports that the sale will likely be worth around $40 million in cash and stock.

Obama on Foursquare

Where in the world is President Barack Obama? Just ask Foursquare. The White House blog announced that the president is now on the location-based social networking site.

Buddy Media Cozies Up to Investors

Facebook’s power as an advertising tool has not gone unnoticed. Buddy Media, a firm that assists advertisers in managing their Facebook presence, is now valued at $500 million.

Relativity Media Teams Up With Chinese Partners

Relativity Media, the film studio responsible for producing Bridesmaids and The Social Network, is entering a partnership with Huaxia Film Distribution and SkyLand Film-Television Development, both Chinese companies.

BART in San Francisco Cuts Cell Service to Avoid Protest

The past year has been monumental in showing the power of social media and cell phones as mobilization tools. From Facebook’s central role in the Arab Spring, to the more recent use of BBM and Twitter in the London riots, it is clear that logging in has become a new mode of resistance.

Google+ Adds Games

"When you're ready to play, the Games page is waiting," announced Vic Gundotra, Google’s senior vice president of engineering. Google+ has now given Facebook a whole new reason to be worried.

Cameron Tries to Lock Down Social Media

The dust is beginning to settle in England after days of rioting that have left behind casualties, more than a thousand arrested, and many local businesses in tatters.

Moms Drive Growth for Daily Deal Site

Yet another daily deals site has curried favor with investors. Baby- and children-oriented deal site Zulily has raised $43 million in venture capital.

London Fights Back With Social Media

Last night, unrest in London continued. A massive police presence in the city was still unable to keep rioters and looters at bay. Trouble is also spreading, with rioting reported in Manchester, Liverpool, and other English cities. In the wake of violence, Londoners have begun to use social media tools to fight back against those terrorizing their city’s streets.

London Riots Fueled by BBM

Over the past three days, riots have engulfed the streets of East London, with looting and violence creeping westward.