Archive for the ‘Ebay’ Category

After eBay Pulls Ads, Google Cancels Offending Party

June 14, 2007

“A party Google had planned for Boston was seen as a slap at eBay; Google has apologized, but eBay is still keeping its ads off Google’s AdWords ”

“A contrite and repentant Google canceled a party that irked eBay and that a source said led eBay to remove all of its ads from Google’s U.S. network earlier this week.

On Monday, Google announced it would throw a party in Boston on Thursday evening designed to attract eBay merchants who would be in town to attend the eBay Live annual seller conference.

The purpose of the party: Protesting eBay’s decision to forbid merchants in its marketplace from using Google’s Checkout online transaction system.

The online auction company found Google’s move to be in bad taste, and at some point after the party was announced, eBay took the drastic measure of pulling all of its ads from Google’s AdWords U.S. network.

A source familiar with the situation said that the decision to turn off the ads had come from eBay’s top executives who were steaming over what they perceived as a low blow by Google designed to embarrass eBay in front of its top merchants.

It would be hard to disagree with eBay executives’ assessment, considering the mocking tone of Google’s party announcement, encouraging eBay merchants to gather at the Old South Meeting House, where in 1773 mass protest meetings were held, leading to the Boston Tea Party.  ”

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eBay Confirms StumbleUpon Acquisition For $75 Million

May 30, 2007

“Web 2.0 Wednesday continues with eBay confirming (EBAY) that it bought StumbleUpon for $75 million.  As I mentioned back in April, when this story first broke:The reason StumbleUpon is so hot right now is because it represents a fruitful area beyond search: discovery.  Search engines are good for when you pretty much know what you are looking for. But discovery engines like StumbleUpon’s use a combination of your own stated preferences and those of people like you to surface Websites, videos, photographs, and other information you didn’t even know you might like. “

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Ebay to Aquire StumbleUpon?

May 9, 2007

“EBay Inc. is in advanced talks to acquire StumbleUpon Inc., an Internet company that helps people discover Web pages that match their interests, according to people familiar with the matter.”

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Man Sentenced For Selling $1 Million In Counterfeit Software On eBay

May 7, 2007

A Michigan man has been sentenced to five months in prison and five months home confinement for selling more than $1 million worth of counterfeit computer software on eBay.James Thomas, 38, of Belleville, Mich., was sentenced late last week in U.S. District court in the Eastern District of Michigan. At his guilty plea on Dec. 13, 2006, Thomas admitted that he purchased counterfeit Rockwell Automation software through eBay and then duplicated and resold the copyrighted material to other eBay users, according to a U.S. Department of Justice release.”

The DOJ reported that the majority of the software that Thomas sold on eBay had a retail price ranging from about $900 to $11,325.”

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Website: Last Minute Ebay Auctions – $1 And Under

May 7, 2007

Categorized Ebay auction listings ending within an hour with current bids of $1 or less.

http://www.lastminute-auction.com/index.php

Ebay Revamps Feedback System

March 8, 2007

eBay has decided to make the first significant change to its feedback system in over 11 years with the announcement of Feedback 2.0. In addition to the standard positive, neutral and negative ratings, Feedback 2.0 will also provide five additional categories which buyers can individually rate sellers on called Detailed Seller Ratings (DSRs).”

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Hacker Infiltrates Ebay

March 2, 2007

“There is no disputing that a hacker who goes by the name Vladuz has at the very least become a public nuisance to eBay. But some observers think the hacks Vladuz has pulled off reveal a much deeper problem at the auction giant.Vladuz claims to have broken into eBay’s computers, imperiling the integrity of auction site’s entire system of buying and selling. And the hacker has provided some evidence, last week posting messages to eBay’s Web site while posing as employees of the site.”

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