Google is about to launch a Groupon clone called "Google Offers," to help potential customers and clientele find great deals in their area through a daily email.
The confidential fact sheet straight from the Googleplex showed some promotional collateral that presents a very Groupon-like or LivingSocial daily deal offering. Users receive an e-mail with a local deal-of-the-day. They then have the opportunity to buy that deal within a specific time limit. Once enough people have made the purchase, the Google Offer is triggered and users get that all-too-familiar $10 for $20 deal for that Indian restaurant you've never tried.
Google Offers will be powered by Google Checkout. It also includes Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, Google Buzz and e-mail sharing options.
Google confirms the program in the following statement:
Google is communicating with small businesses to enlist their support and participation in a test of a pre-paid offers/vouchers program. This initiative is part of an ongoing effort at Google to make new products, such as the recent Offer Ads beta, that connect businesses with customers in new ways. We do not have more details to share at this time, but will keep you posted.