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eBay Launches Social Media Seller Initiative

eBay sellers who use Twitter and Facebook on a regular basis might soon receive a bit of recognition for their efforts.  Something called the eBay Ink Social Media Seller program has launched, and while it’s still very much in the early stages, it’s not looking like a terrible idea.

eBay Turns to Microsoft for Cloud Computing

Microsoft and eBay made a joint announcement this morning, declaring that eBay will be one of Microsoft’s first customers for its Windows Azure cloud computing platform appliance. eBay will incorporate Azure into two of its data centers.

Analyst Pushes eBay To Launch Fulfillment Program
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In the past year, eBay’s stock has risen by 17.57 percent.  Amazon’s stock has risen by 40.92 percent.  It’s possible to argue that eBay might learn a thing or two from Amazon, then, and an analyst at RBC Capital has done so by suggesting that eBay launch a program similar to Fulfillment by Amazon.

eBay Ends AdCommerce PPC Ads on eBay.com and eBay.ca
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Starting on August 4th, eBay will be retiring its AdCommerce placements on eBay.com and eBay.ca. It will continue to offer the service in Europe and Australia.

This is a program that allowed eBay sellers to purchase pay-per-click ads on search result pages linking to their eBay stores and listings.

Did you use AdCommerce ads? What do you think of eBay’s decision to end the serrvice? Share your thoughts here.

PayPal X Platform Toolkit Available for Google App Engine

PayPal is offering a new open source toolkit for Google App Engine that lets you integrate Java apps running on App Engine with the new PayPal Adaptive Payments API. The Adaptive Payments API lets developers embed payments into their apps, services, and platforms.

eBay’s BlackBerry App Offered In 6 More Countries

When announcing its acquisition of RedLaser one week ago, eBay noted that a purchase is made every two seconds using eBay’s mobile apps.  Only now, as impressive as that frequency is, the delay between purchases may decrease, since the eBay application for BlackBerry has become available in six more countries.

eBay Acquires Barcode-Scanning iPhone App

A popular iPhone app is now the property of eBay and about to get much better.  eBay announced this afternoon that it’s acquired RedLaser, and the company best known for its auction site intends to make the app free, increase merchandise selection, and integrate it into other products.

RedLaser is actually free as of this moment – eBay made that transition immediately – so don’t hesitate to act if you’re interested in trying it out.  The app is meant to help consumers look up product information and compare prices online.

eBay Lists its iPhone 4 Sales Guidelines
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The iPhone 4 is scheduled for release on June 24th. eBay has prepared for this and has set some rules for how the site will handle sales.

Microsoft Launches Internet Fraud Alert System
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Microsoft, eBay and PayPal have launched an Internet Fraud Alert system aimed at helping security researchers report information they find online about stolen data.

Microsoft says its Internet Fraud Alert service will allow security researchers to more securely share information with service providers, retailers, financial institutions and government entities about incidents where compromised account credentials have been discovered.

 

Second PayPal X Developer Challenge Announced
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Look for many, many interesting new PayPal apps and services to surface over the next four or so months.  The second PayPal X Developer Challenge was announced today, and the competition is sure to draw lots of participants with $150,000 in prizes on the line.

A PayPal representative explained in an email to WebProNews, "[T]he grand prize is worth $100,000 – $50,000 will be deposited directly into the winner’s PayPal account and the other $50,000 will go towards waived transaction fees."

eBay Lets Buyers Filter Seller Feedback by Negative and Positive
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eBay is giving users a new option for looking at feedback on sellers. They can now filter the feedback to look at just negative, positive or neutral. eBay’s announcement says:

PayPal Announces Some Pricing Changes
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Today, PayPal announced that it is making some changes to its user agreements and pricing. The changes are specifically related to refunds, chargebacks, and Amex payments.

PayPal senior director of SMB Merchant Services Eddie Davis outlines the following changes:

BofA Merrill Lynch Lowers GOOG, YHOO, eBay Estimates
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Individuals who have invested in Google, Amazon, eBay, and Yahoo might want to lower their expectations.  Bank of America Merrill Lynch cut its price targets on the companies’ stocks today, with Google by far bearing the worst of it.

eBay, Facebook, IAC, Yahoo Side With YouTube In Viacom Fight
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Earlier this month, Viacom’s supporters came out in force, formally taking the corporation’s side in its legal dispute with YouTube.  Now eBay, Facebook, IAC, and Yahoo have acted to sort of balance the situation, stepping forward to ally themselves with YouTube.

eBay Eliminates “Stores” Navigational Tab
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eBay has announced the removal of the navigation tab for Stores, which appeared at the top of each page. Unsurprisingly, more than a few sellers are taking issue with this.

In its announcement, eBay says:

Popular eBay Competitor Bonanzle Gets Funding to Improve Service
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We’ve run several stories on e-commerce site Bonanzle in the past. If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s a site where many disgruntled eBay users turned for an alternative place to sell their goods. Last year, it reached a million listings in 6 months and was voted the best eBay alternative according to Examiner.com. Growth continued from there, with the company surpassing 100,000 registered users in September, representing 5,000% growth in a year. 

eBay Announces New Joint Venture In Asia
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Any eBay shareholders who were less than thrilled about eBay’s $1.2 billion acquisition of Gmarket last June may feel better after hearing about a new plan that involves the property.  eBay announced late yesterday that it intends to work with Gmarket’s founder to expand Gmarket’s presence in Japan and Singapore.

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PayPal Gives iPhone/iPad Developers In-App Payment Option

Some news from PayPal that slipped fairly under the radar this week is that the company opened its Mobile Payments Library to developers. A representative for PayPal tells WebProNews it will give developers an "easy way to get payments from within their apps."

Facebook Ranked as The Top Search Term In March
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Facebook ranked as the top search term in March across all three major search engines, according to a new report from Hitwise.

Overall, Facebook related terms accounted for eight searches across the three top 10 lists.

Yahoo related terms accounted for six spots while MySpace terms accounted for four searches across the search engines. Other search terms that were among the top 10 searches for all three search engines include YouTube, Facebook login, craigslist, and Yahoo Mail.

eBay Reports Positive Q1 Financial Data
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eBay has released its first-quarter earnings report, and there’s good news for the company’s fans: it beat most analysts’ estimates.  The bad news for fans (and especially shareholders) is that eBay’s stock has nonetheless fallen 8.14 percent in after-hours trading, possibly due to a weak forecast.

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eBay Rolls Out Icons To Address Ad/Privacy Issues
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People who get spooked when online advertisements seem relevant – along with people who prefer it when ads actually relate to their interests – may appreciate a new step eBay’s taking.  The auction company will attach icons to a number of ads, and these icons will allow individuals to express their wishes.