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(Reuters) –
Online discount coupon provider Groupon Inc is working toward a
potential public offering of its common shares by the end of 2011, the
New York Times said, citing people briefed on the matter.

Groupon, the fast-growing
online coupon seller, said on Tuesday it has been authorized to raise up
to $950 million in what would be the biggest round of equity financing
by any company since Pixar in 1995.

The company said in a filing with the state of Delaware that it intended to sell shares at $31.59 each.

tech startup, which had recently spurned a $6 billion takeover bid from
Google, has attracted funding from several big institutional investors
including Fidelity Investments, T. Rowe Price and Morgan Stanley, the
newspaper said.

Groupon could not immediately be reached for comment by Reuters outside regular U.S. business hours.

(Reporting by Sakthi Prasad in Bangalore; Editing by Erica Billingham)