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Groupon online after jolt by Winfrey plug

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CHICAGO, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Internet site Groupon.com said it was back online after a crash triggered by U.S. consumers flooding the site after it was touted by Oprah Winfrey.

The television host's mention of Groupon was somewhat indirect. Winfrey listed microloan company Kiva on a segment of her program called "2010 Favorite Things," the Chicago Tribune reported Saturday.

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Kiva allows participants to make loans to entrepreneurs, who generally come from Third World countries. On Friday, Winfrey said Kiva had organized a deal for a $10 Groupon to buy a $25 Kiva loan.

The Chicago Sun-Times said Kiva is still offering to "add $10 to every $15 purchase, up to $500,000."

Groupon spokeswoman Julie Mossler also attributed the flood of visitors to a Nordstrom Rack deal, which allowed customers to buy $50 of store credit for $25, which had been running when Winfrey mentioned the Kiva promotion.

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