Amazon.com Inc is investing $175 million in online coupon company LivingSocial, a preemptive strike against Google Inc which a source has said is looking to buy Groupon, another coupon provider.
LivingSocial said on Thursday it also secured an $8 million investment from Lightspeed Venture Partners, adding that it will use the funds to grow its business worldwide.
LivingSocial said it is currently booking revenues of more than $1 million a day on average and expects well over $500 million in 2011.
Search engine leader Google is talking to Groupon about an acquisition, a source familiar with the situation said on Wednesday.
(Reporting by Ritsuko Ando; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)