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Google Willing to Pay for Groupon's Discounts



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    Groupon is always looking to score discounts for its subscribers.

    In just two short weeks, Groupon has cashed in its own rumor coupon to move up from Yahoo to Google.

    Kara Swisher of All Things Digitalis reporting that Google is in conversations to take over the digital coupon site Groupon.

    And the asking price is not going to be any bargain. It is expected to be north of the $2 to $3 billion offer rumored to have been made by Yahoo.

    The high price could make sense for Google, who has been expanding its local services recently. Groupon is one of the better performing startups with more than $50 million a month in revenue. In April, the company was valued at over $1 billion.

    If the rumored price is real, it would trump the $1.6 billion the search giant spent on YouTube in 2006. Four years later, the No. 1 video-sharing site on the web expects to finally make good on Google's investment.

    All Things D reports there are other companies that have the interest and the cash reserves to come into play. Namely Microsoft, eBay and even possibly Facebook.