Google is Finally ‘Punchd’ Out

Google is all ‘Punchd’ out. That’s the revelation from the Internet search giant this week as Google confirms an end to its mobile loyalty card application next year. …

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Google is all ‘Punchd’ out. That’s the revelation from the Internet search giant this week as Google confirms an end to its mobile loyalty card application next year.

Two years after Google acquired the service, the application will be shuttered sometime mid-year.

“Last January,” says Venkat Panchapakesan, VP of Engineering at Google, “we renewed our resolution to focus on creating beautiful, useful products that improve millions of people’s lives every day. To make the most impact, we need to make some difficult decisions.”

Punchd is an app that keeps loyalty punch cards on your smartphone. On June 7, 2013, we will discontinue the Punchd Android and iOS apps, and merchants will no longer honor Punchd loyalty cards. Users can continue to earn punches and redeem rewards at participating businesses until June 7, 2013. We remained focused on developing products that help merchants and shoppers connect in new and useful ways.

“Technology offers us a way to make a big impact on the world,” Panchapakesan says. “In 2013, we’ll keep working hard to build a seamless, amazing Google experience for you.”

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    I hate to say it, but if Google buys any company you are a big fan of using, you should begin using another product immediately. Very very few of their acquisitions get to stick around for very long. Any founders who are selling to Google to "keep the dream alive" are kidding themselves, blind by the money or both. It is neither good or bad, it just is.