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eBay to Acquire Open Source E-Commerce Platform Magento eBay to Acquire Open Source E-Commerce Platform Magento
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eBay announced it has agreed to acquire open source e-commerce platform Magento, which the company has had a minority stake in since 2010. eBay will own the entire thing once the transaction closes (the terms of which have not been …

eBay Acquires WHERE, MissionFish eBay Acquires WHERE, MissionFish
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Two bits of acquisition news coming out of eBay today. First, the company has completed its previously announced acquisition of location media company WHERE. Terms of the deal were still not revealed. “Local commerce companies like WHERE are blurring the …

PayPal Buys Fig Card, Aims to Kill the Wallet PayPal Buys Fig Card, Aims to Kill the Wallet
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PayPal has acquired Fig Card in the latest move in the increasingly interesting mobile payments space. This comes just a week after the company acquired WHERE, for location-based deals. eBay and PayPal will not get left behind as competition grows …

eBay Posts Strong First Quarter Earnings eBay Posts Strong First Quarter Earnings
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Good news for e-commerce giant eBay, as today they report solid first quarter results. For the first quarter ending March 31st, eBay reports $2.5 billion in net revenue, which is a 16% increase from the same period last year. The …

eBay Buys WHERE to Expand in Local and Mobile eBay Buys WHERE to Expand in Local and Mobile

eBay announced today that it has agreed to acquire location media company WHERE in an effort to better position eBay in the local and mobile commerce spaces. “Local commerce companies like WHERE are blurring the lines between in-store and online …

Record Store Day Releases Hit eBay Early Record Store Day Releases Hit eBay Early
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Record Store Day is on Saturday, April 16. This is a day when record stores and music artists come together to celebrate music and the continued existence of albums that you can hold in your hand, in the digital age. …

Commercial Privacy Bill Of Rights Praised By eBay, Microsoft
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Today, Senators John Kerry and John McCain introduced a piece of legislation known as the Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011.  It’s designed to regulate how firms should handle consumers’ personal data, and while that’s a complicated issue, …

eBay Buys Majority Stake In Turkish Site eBay Buys Majority Stake In Turkish Site

eBay’s international presence is growing larger in a significant way today.  eBay announced this morning that it’s taking control of GittiGidiyor, a company that was founded in 2001 and qualifies as the leading online marketplace in Turkey. eBay now owns …

eBay Sellers Get Social Listing Tool eBay Sellers Get Social Listing Tool

eBay developer Sellebrity, has introduced a new tool called “Social Streamer” aimed at helping sellers promote their listings for free on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Social Streamer works by monitoring how listings change over time due to social …

eBay Local Features Contribute to Dramatic Expansion of E-Commerce Giant eBay Local Features Contribute to Dramatic Expansion of E-Commerce Giant
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We appear to have entered a whole new era for eBay. One that will go more head-to-head with Amazon, and one that will place a new added focus on local. First, the real news – the local part. You may …

eBay’s iPad 2 Data Revealed

Although we don’t have the official numbers from Apple, it looks as though sales of the iPad 2 have been good.  Maybe even great.  After its opening weekend, some analysts projected that the new device had sold hundreds of thousands …

eBay To Compete With Amazon With GSI Commerce Acquisition
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I had always wondered when someone would buy GSI Commerce (GSIC). eBay made the announcement that they have decided to purchase them in a very interesting move. Like many people, you may be wondering who is GSI Commerce? Well, they …

eBay To Buy GSI Commerce For $2.4 Billion

GSI Commerce, a public company that deals in ecommerce and interactive marketing services, should soon be the property of eBay.  eBay announced this morning that it intends to acquire GSI for a whopping $2.4 billion. GSI has built up an …

Will eBay Buying Habits Predict March Madness Winner?

While the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament has hit its second week — Sweet 16, ya’ll — also known as the time the casual fan checks out and mainly the purists are left paying attention, that hasn’t stopped some entities from …

eBay Makes Listings Free For Up To 50 Items
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eBay said today, for the first time, it is making it free to list up to 50 items per month in auctions at any start price, and free to add the “Buy it Now” option to those listings. Starting on …

eBay, Telefonica Agree To Major App Deal

Mobile purchases – which were already becoming much more common – may soon really increase in frequency in the UK.  eBay and Telefonica have struck a two-year deal that will see eBay apps and/or links preloaded on most of the phones O2 sells in the region.

This move’s rather significant.  For starters, eBay’s already one of the first sites many people visit when shopping for something online, and with 22 million customers, O2 is the second-largest mobile telecommunications provider in the UK.

eBay Expects $13 Billion in Revenues in 2013

eBay said it expects double-digit annual revenue and earnings growth over the next three years. The company outlined its growth plans in a meeting yesterday. eBay expects revenues to reach at least $13 billion in 2013 (compared to $9 billion in 2010). 

PayPal Digital Goods Payment Product Released
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Today at eBay’s 2001 Analyst Day, PayPal announced the general availability of its digital goods solution, aptly called PayPal for Digital Goods. 

The product is designed for online publishers. "The solution makes paying for content online convenient and secure for consumers, a long-time challenge for all sorts of digital content providers," a PayPal representative tells WebProNews.

Goodwill Launches Job Training Campaign On eBay

The Goodwill said today it is launching a fundraising campaign on eBay to help people find and keep jobs.

In partnership with eBay Giving Works, eBay’s charity fundraising program, from February 7 to 13, Goodwill will be a featured nonprofit on eBay, offering people the opportunity to buy, sell or donate to support Goodwill’s job training programs. Dress for Success and the National Federation of the Blind will also be featured in February as part of the same campaign.


eBay Attracts Employees From Bing, Facebook

eBay lost an important employee last week (the VP of product development at PayPal jumped to Google) but things are now looking up on the personnel front.  The company’s managed to poach one staff member each from Bing and Facebook, and both men have rather impressive resumes.

eBay Buyers And Sellers Donated More Than $50 Million To Nonprofits In 2010

eBay is touting that its buyers and sellers donated a record $54.8 million to U.S. and U.K. Nonprofit organizations in 2010.

 A donation was made every 24 seconds via eBay Giving Works, the company’s nonprofit fundraising program in the U.S., raising more than $91 a minute for nonprofits. Overall, donations were up 7 percent last year, compared to 2009, and nearly 9 million items were listed for sale, with all or a portion of the sale price donated to a nonprofit, more than double the items listed in 2009.