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Amazon Offers Daily Deal and Starbucks Mobile Payment Goes National

Seattle Tech and Online Marketing Roundup for Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Starbucks launches mobile payment network Seattle Times

Coffee lovers across the nation can now locate their nearest Starbucks and buy a brew by phone with the company’s wider launch of purportedly the biggest mobile payment system in the US. The popularity of the Starbucks card and widespread smartphone use by customers is fueling confidence in a program aimed at solidifying brand loyalty.

Amazon touts ‘once-in-a-lifetime deal’ on LivingSocial TechFlash

Bargain hunters today get a rare chance to capitalize on Amazon’s investment in LivingSocial with a one-day $20 gift card for $10 offer. And with over a third of a million buyers already this morning, this daily deal could surpass a Gap-Groupon offer that took in $7.5 million.

Apple’s iPad Business Now Bigger Than MacBook Business. Next Up: Entire Mac Business TechCrunch

Closing in on 15 million units sold since its debut under a year ago, iPad is quickly outpacing Mac and even stealing some of the iPhone’s thunder in Apple’s 1st quarter reports. Until now, the higher-priced Mac held a lead in revenue, but iPad sales have surged ahead of MacBook and will soon overtake the entire Mac line.

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