Google's Groupon grab still unconfirmed, but reportedly pricier

Deal could come as early as today ... or not at all

We still don't know for certain whether Google has bought or is about to buy the Internet's daily-deals darling, Groupon, but there are reports that the purported price is actually more than double the $2.5 billion that the rumor mill had offered yesterday.

All Things Digital's Kara Swisher wrote late last night:

According to sources close to the situation, Google has offered $5.3 billion for Groupon, in what would be its largest acquisition yet if completed.

Sources said the deal for the Chicago-based social buying site seemed likely to be struck, even as early as tomorrow, although it certainly could fall apart right up to the end.

If consummated at this latest price, the acquisition would cost Google more than what it paid for DoubleClick ($3.1 billion) and YouTube ($1.65 billion) combined.

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