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eBay Mobile Holiday Sales Up 166 Percent
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Earlier this month, eBay released two separate statements saying that mobile sales rose over a very short period.  Now, the company’s opened up a third time on the subject, and it turns out mobile sales for the complete holiday shopping season (defined by eBay as November 25th through December 25th) grew by an impressive 166 percent.

That 166 percent was measured on a worldwide basis year-over-year, and helped eBay record $230 million in gross merchandise volume.  The company may be able to report a pretty profitable fourth quarter as a result.

Paul Allen Refiles Lawsuit Against Top Tech Companies
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Whatever his faults, Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen is at least persistent and ambitious.  Allen proved this yesterday by refiling a patent infringement lawsuit against AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube.

eBay Releases 2010 “Top Shopped” Report
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In the past month or so, Google, Yahoo, and Bing all released year-end lists detailing what’s been on their users’ minds.  Now it’s at last eBay’s turn, as the company best known for its auction site has published what it calls the "Top Shopped" report.

Before we paste in the main list, here’s a quick (and perhaps unnecessary) word of explanation: no one’s claiming a soccer event, a football team, or an athlete was sold thousands of times.  Instead, eBay just found that products related to them changed hands quite often.

eBay Acquires Critical Path, Which Has Worked on eBay’s iPhone Apps

eBay announced that it has acquired Critical Path Software, a mobile app developer, which it has been working with for over two years. The company has worked with eBay on creating iPhone apps for eBay, StubHub, eBay Classifieds, and Shopping.com. 

eBay’s Richard Brewer-Hay on the eBay Ink Blog shared the following interview with Steve Romero, Critical Path president and founder, and Steve Yankovich, VP of eBay Mobile:

 

eBay Enjoys “Busiest Mobile Shopping Day Ever”

It apparently took eBay a little while to tally the numbers and write up the press release, but Sunday was a great day for the company.  eBay saw mobile shoppers flock to the site, establishing December 12th as the busiest mobile shopping day ever.

An official statement from the company declared, "In the U.S. mobile gross merchandise volume (GMV) grew 127 percent over the same Sunday last year, generating nearly $5 million in GMV; worldwide, mobile GMV grew 165 percent generating $13 million in GMV."

eBay Adds Milo Shopping Results To RedLaser App

eBay has added local shopping results from Milo, its most recent acquisition, to its RedLaser barcode-scanning application, now available on the iPhone and Android.

With the integration of Milo, shoppers on RedLaser can find out, through a single scan, which local retailers have an item in-stock along with the best price. Shoppers can scan products from 50,000 U.S. stores.

eBay Finds Small Businesses Optimistic About Holiday Sales
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eBay has released the results of its first U.S. Online Business Index (OBI), a new report that focuses on small business owners views across a variety of topics.

More than half (60%) of eBay small business owners surveyed said they are considerably optimistic about the future of their online businesses during the 2010 holiday season.

eBay Buying Milo.com (Now Confirmed)
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Update: eBay has now confirmed that it is true:

eBay Mobile Sales Up 146 Percent On Cyber Monday

eBay said today U.S. mobile commerce sales increased 146 percent year over year on Cyber Monday.

The company said mobile shopping peaked between 5pm and 7 pm PST. eBay said because of the growth in mobile holiday shopping it expects to generate more than $1.5 billion in gross merchandise volume in 2010, compared to $600 million in 2009.

 

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Supreme Court Lets eBay Win Stand In Tiffany Case

An eBay-related dispute that began way back in 2004 seems to have finally run its course.  Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision not to let Tiffany appeal previous legal losses regarding trademark violation and the sale of counterfeit goods.

Tiffany’s lawyers have argued for years that eBay should be proactive in keeping counterfeit products off its site and thereby protecting Tiffany’s reputation.  eBay’s representatives maintained that the site’s policy of responding to complaints is more than enough.

eBay Data Center Earns LEED Gold Certification

When it comes to data centers, we seem to hear about Google and perhaps Facebook most often.  Both companies have been known to announce new facilities and expansions on a regular basis.  But apparently eBay has quite a lot of expertise in this field, too, as the U.S. Green Building Council recently awarded its Topaz data center the LEED Gold certification.

eBay Releases Updated iPhone Application

eBay has released a new version of its iPhone app that adds selling functionality and RedLaser barcode-scanning technology.

The updated iPhone app allows users to comparison shop by scanning barcodes and accessing a wider a variety of merchandise including electronics, movies and videogames.

eBay Launches

eBay has introduced its “Love to Give” holiday shopping campaign which focuses on what the company describes as “unwrap attacks,” emotional moments that happen when someone receives the perfect gift.

eBay is calling on people to upload videos of their best unwrap attack moment to its Love to Give gallery. Samantha Bee, correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” will report on unwrap attacks in an original webisode series.

 

eBay Launches

eBay has introduced its “Love to Give” holiday shopping campaign which focuses on what the company describes as “unwrap attacks,” emotional moments that happen when someone receives the perfect gift.

eBay is calling on people to upload videos of their best unwrap attack moment to its Love to Give gallery. Samantha Bee, correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” will report on unwrap attacks in an original webisode series.

 

eBay Launches

eBay has introduced its “Love to Give” holiday shopping campaign which focuses on what the company describes as “unwrap attacks,” emotional moments that happen when someone receives the perfect gift.

eBay is calling on people to upload videos of their best unwrap attack moment to its Love to Give gallery. Samantha Bee, correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” will report on unwrap attacks in an original webisode series.

 

Report: Facebook Tops eBay In Value
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A certain social network may now trail only Google and Amazon in value when it comes to American Web companies.  Facebook’s privately traded shares have apparently appreciated to the point that the organization’s passed even eBay.

eBay Partners With Groupon On Daily Deals
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eBay has partnered with social shopping website Groupon, to offer daily deals from Groupon throughout its site.

Groupon Members of the eBay Bucks Rewards Program who purchase Groupon deals from the eBay site earn 5% of the purchase price back in eBay Bucks.  Groupon is available in more than 100 North American markets and offers nearly 200 deals per day; eBay will use geolocation to find the closest deal for each user.

eBay Beats Forecasts, Sees Stock Jump
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This afternoon, eBay delivered its third quarter earnings report, and it’s a good bet that the company was eager to do so.  eBay beat analysts’ forecasts for the third quarter, gave better-than-expected guidance regarding the fourth quarter, and also discussed an interesting stock buyback program.

Let’s start with the third quarter results.  eBay managed to report earnings per share of $0.40, which is a significant improvement compared to the $0.37 analysts predicted.  It also earned $2.25 billion in revenue rather than the expected $2.18 billion.

eBay Launches Windows Phone 7 App
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eBay has introduced a mobile app for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 devices.

eBay’s app for Windows Phone 7 allows users to search, bid, buy and check their buying and selling activity. The app uses Microsoft’s panoramic interface and Windows Phone 7′s push notification technology so users can recive real-time alerts on deals and best offer activity.

 

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Now You Can Deposit Checks Into PayPal With Your iPhone
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Update: As far as availability, PayPal tells us, "Mobile Check Capture is currently available in the US only. The underlying technology that makes this possible is based on legislation passed by US Congress in 2004 as a result of the 9/11 attacks. The legislation, called "Check Clearing for the 21st Century," or "Check 21," gives US financial institutions the opportunity to clear checks using imaging technology rather than transporting the paper itself.

eBay Teams Up with Groupon on eBay Bucks
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eBay announced that it is working with Groupon to offer eBay Bucks members another way to earn bucks. Members of the eBay Bucks program can sign into their eBay account, access a Groupon offer from an eBay site page, and complete a transaction. 

Members of the rewards program will earn 5% in eBay Bucks for Groupon deals that they purchase by clicking on the ad in their My eBay Bucks accounts and transactions on the Groupon site. In order for eBay to track and issue Bucks, users must click to the Groupon site.