LivingSocial CEO says buh bye

LivingSocial CEO and co-founder Tim O'Shaughnessy announced Friday that he's leaving the discount deals company.

The company's board started the search for a new CEO immediately with hopes of finding someone within the next six months, according to a memo sent to staff that was also posted on the company's blog. O'Shaughnessy will remain as CEO throughout the process.

The news was first reported by the Washington Business Journal, citing an internal memo sent to staff.

SocialLiving, like its competitor Groupon, has faced uncertainty in the recent years as it tries to branch out to … Read more

This Day in Tech: Shuttle launch; LivingSocial closer to IPO

Too busy to keep up with the tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET and elsewhere for Friday, July 8.

• We are glad the stormy Florida weather didn't get in the way of the historic launch at Cape Canaveral. Atlantis lifted off for its last space shuttle mission today. Four astronauts are on board and are carrying supplies to the International Space Station as we speak. The end of the shuttle program is bittersweet: Now NASA faces the hard reality of layoffs and questions about America's commitment to leadership in space. Just as the Atlantis crew can drink its own urine

• Over in the deal world, LivingSocial seems to be moving closer to IPO filing, tapping the public's interest in Internet companies. It was on track to reach $1 billion in revenue this year. It will join monster group-buying company Groupon, which has already filed for an IPO. The bigger question: how will these young Internet companies fair against dominant ones like Facebook and Google?

• And Internet wars continue. This week has all been about Facebook versus Google+, but there's also a legal battle going on between Oracle and Microsoft and Google. Oracle and Microsoft want Google to pay to use their patents used in the Android operating platform. Oracle and Microsoft are reportedly seeking a licensing fee for Android devices sold--as much as $20 per device. CNET's Jay Greene writes, "Oracle, which acquired the Java patents that it claims Google is infringing when it bought Sun last year, is merely looking to tap that patent portfolio for more income."

• If you think your spouse is cheating, it's okay to use a GPS tracker on their car without a warrant, according to one judge. Discuss. What do you think? The Supreme Court will decide next year. (Forbes)… Read more

3G baby monitor

Links from Friday's episode of Loaded:

Amazon invests in Living Social while rumors persist that Google wants to purchase Groupon

eBay purchases local shopping site

Google Earth Engine launches with 25 years of archived satellite imagery

Google Doodles are now available on mobile searches

A new version of Rock Band is out for iPad and iPhone

A Pennsylvania couple is awarded $1 in a trespassing case against Google

The Wi-Fi Baby 3G will help you monitor your little ones--and big ones--while you're away

Chasing Groupon, LivingSocial raises $25 million

It might not be getting as much coverage as the geolocation wars, but the battle for dominance in online daily-deals sites has been brewing ever since some start-ups decided they wanted a piece of leader Groupon's success. The latest development is that a second-tier player in the space, LivingSocial, announced Thursday that it's raised $25 million in a Series B funding round geared strictly toward growth and expansion.

The round was led by U.S. Venture Partners with participation from Grotech Ventures and Revolution, the firm chaired by former AOL CEO Steve Case. The goal with the funding … Read more

Daily deals: They're taking over your town

There's a scene in the 1989 comedy "Troop Beverly Hills" in which rival bands of Wilderness Girls attempt to best one another in a fundraiser by selling boxes of the same cookies to the households of a single upper-crust neighborhood--and unfortunately for the underdog protagonists, their arch-enemies have beaten them to the punch at just about every house. That's what it may soon look like for the explosion of companies offering ultra-discounted, fire-sale daily deals for local businesses, which have fast become the Web's latest retail craze.

Here's how it works. You'll sign … Read more

Facebook apps for the film buff

If you're a film buff, you might be happy to know that Facebook apps are available that will help you stay up-to-date on the industry, while giving you the option to tell all your friends what movies you love. Some of the apps are better than others, but one thing is certain: if you're a real movie fan, you need to add at least some of them to your profile.

Social film going

Blu-ray Collection Blu-ray Collection provides an extremely useful way to track and share your Blu-ray collection.

Once you find what you're looking for through the app's search field, you can add it to your listing. Those movies can then be viewed by other app users. The app lists over 1,000 films. And since you can rate your listings, you can see how much you liked a movie, compared to your friends.

Flixster Movies Flixster Movies connects you with other movie fans to talk about your favorite films. The app also lets you update your Facebook status with the movies you want to see in theaters.

Flixster Movies is like having the full Flixster experience in Facebook. You can review films, take quizzes to test your knowledge, connect with other app users, and research films you're interested in. It's a full-featured product that works quite well. … Read more

LivingSocial comes to iPhone

With the holidays just around the corner, it's probably time you tried to figure out what to get your friends and family. How about you show them your wish list and they show you theirs?

That's the idea behind LivingSocial, a social Web site that on Monday announced its iPhone application. The social network allows users to access information on the interests of friends and family for gift ideas, as well as to publish photos and reviews. Its arrival on the iPhone could make for a handy on-the-go mobile resource for the holidays.

Just like using the Web site, … Read more

LivingSocial's lesson for social-network developers: Don't forget the Web

LivingSocial, the parent site for six user review services including ReadingSocial, TuneSocial, and ReelSocial, is announcing two things today: First, a $5 million round of venture funding, which will be used to expand the business. And second, an interesting new strategic twist for the company: a destination Web site. LivingSocial has, to date, relied almost exclusively on its social-network apps and widgets for traffic, so this is a departure.

There's no doubt that Facebook and other social networks have served LivingSocial well: The company's services have 6.4 million users so far, who have posted over 8 million … Read more