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This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum , where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business. A new "group buying" trend is emerging on the web, in which consumers effectively band together to get better deals or discounts when purchasing products and services. One of the flagship group buying web services, GroupOn , was recently valued at over $1 billion — providing a sense of just how big this sector could become. Other services like LivingSocial have raised significant funding . A fleet of other competitors are cropping up as well, from Tippr to Lifebooker and a number of smaller localized deal sites.
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Hey folks, I just finished January’s 30 day challenge : no news, no Twitter, fewer emails, and no social media in general. For February, my wife and I are trying a gluten-free, wheat-free month to see what that’s like. Okay, so how was January? I started with a week completely off the internet, which coincided with a reading vacation. The fact is that I *love* to read.