Marissa Mayer talks about her new Location gig

January 3, 2011: 4:44 PM ET

...and letting go of Groupon.

Media Bistro does a quick interview with Marissa Mayer today outlining her new role at Google (GOOG) in the location space.  The chief takeaway is that Mayer acknowledges Google's attempt to buy Groupon and states that Google will use its existing properties to build internally what it wanted to buy for $6 billion.  Of course it could make some smaller purchases to help the cause.

On buying companies, Mayer said, "I think that we have both a good structure for companies that get integrated into Google… and we also have a new construct called an autonomous unit where we basically will buy a company and leave it very independent."   Apparently that wasn't good enough for Groupon.

Don't miss part two and three of the interview this week.

Part 2: Tuesday, Mayer explains how Google expands without infringing on user privacy.

Part 3: Wednesday, Mayer tells how she became Google's 20th employee and its first female engineer.

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Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

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