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• ShopSavvy, which markets mobile shopping assistant software, today announced that it has teamed with Grocery Server, the grocery deal comparison search engine, to deliver what it calls “hyper-relevant grocery deals, coupons and incentives to ShopSavvy’s more than 11 million users. The unique Grocery Server deals content will be incorporated into ShopSavvy in the coming weeks.

“Once launched, ShopSavvy users who scan grocery items will not only be able to compare prices, but will also see current coupons and deals available on that item or similar items at nearby grocery stores, as they shop.”

• The New York Times reports that “Amazon.com, which has an estimated 70 percent of the online book market in Britain, got closer this week to controlling the rest of it when the Irish Competition Authority approved its pending purchase of a major rival, the Book Depository.”

However, the UK’s Office of Fair Trading (OFT) may not follow suit, the Times suggests, because of growing sensitivities about media monopolies that have been exacerbated by the News Corp. phone hacking scandal. Numerous publishers, authors and other booksellers also have opposed the deal.

The Times writes that “the Book Depository, which focuses on traditionally bound books rather than anything electronic, sometimes seems as if it were designed to be the anti-Amazon: its Web site is ugly and hard to navigate,” but also offers free shipping.

While terms of the deal have not been disclosed, speculation has been that it is less than $200 million, which the Times describes as “pocket change for Amazon.”
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