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WhaleShark Me­dia as­sem­bling coupon web­site; Hart In­terCivic to sup­ply Washington with elec­tronic poll books

Over the past year, Austin-based Whale Shark Me­dia has been qui­etly build­ing a deals-and coupons-based web­site by buy­ing up small play­ers in the in­dus­try.

In­dus­try news web­site TechCrunch re­ports Whale Shark has bought four more sites: Deal­s2Buy.com, CouponSeven.com, CouponShare.com and CheapSt­ingyBar­gains.com.

TechCrunch also said that the com­pany, which is led by for­mer Bankrate Inc. Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Cot­ter Cunningham, will prob­a­bly op­er­ate un­der the name Deals.com in the fu­ture.

The com­pany has raised an undis­closed amount of ven­ture cap­i­tal from Austin Ven­tures, and Austin Ven­tures part­ners Thomas Ball and Phil Siegel are on its board of di­rec­tors.

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