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Google Said to Near Deal to Buy Groupon for $6 Billion

Google Inc., owner of the world’s most popular search engine, is close to an agreement to acquire daily coupon company Groupon Inc. for about $6 billion, according to two people with knowledge of the negotiations.

The deal may be clinched as early as this week, said the people, who declined to be identified because the talks haven’t been made public. The purchase price would include payments to Groupon executives if the acquisition meets certain performance targets, one of the people said.