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February 10 2014

Used iPhone With Flappy Bird Selling for $100,000 on eBay
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Have you missed a chance to get your copy of Flappy Bird, the megapopular iOS game which was mysteriously pulled from the App Store this weekend? Worry not, you can still get it — if you've got $99,900 to spare

An eBay user is selling an iPhone with Flappy Bird installed for the starting price of $650. Within hours, the price has already jumped to $99,900, with 74 bids placed.

Of course, some or even all of the bids could be fake, but the seller seems to be legit, and the bids are coming from at least a dozen different users

The game's developer Dong Nguyen said he would take Flappy Bird down as he cannot take the pressure from its success anymore. The game was reportedly bringing in about $55,000 in ad revenue per day. Read more...

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February 01 2014

Syrian Electronic Army: We Hacked eBay and PayPal
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The Syrian Electronic Army, a notorious hacking group, says it claimed two big-name victims Saturday: eBay and PayPal.

While a hack on PayPal could put millions of peoples' bank information at risk, the hackers said this attack was a "hacktivist operation," and that they did not target account information. Instead, the SEA claimed it was able to replace the homepages of eBay and PayPal in France, Israel and the UK with its own logo

"We didn't do it to hack people accounts," SEA member Th3 Pr0 told Mashable. Th3 Pr0 said the SEA compromised eBay's domains manager, which allowed the hackers to shut down the website or redirect it another server. Th3 Pr0 added that the SEA was able to display its logo on various eBay and PayPal homepages for about 30 minutes. Read more...

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January 28 2014

'Jurassic Park' Velociraptor Cage for Sale on eBay
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Movie fans, be warned: This prop might make your wallet go extinct

An eBay seller has listed the genuine velociraptor cage seen in the 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park. Fans (and captured dinosaurs) will recognize the prop from the film's opening scene, in which workers used it to load the reptilian beasts

The prop cage — full-sized dinosaur included — will set you back at least $99,900. But with seven days left in the auction, the cost could soar higher than the price of a mint-condition dilophosaurus. The buyer will just have a to figure out a way to transport 1,000-pound cage home from the Los Angeles area. Read more...

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January 25 2014

Nintendo Fans Rush to eBay for Rare Game
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If you pride yourself on being a devoted Nintendo fan, a rare video game has popped up on eBay that may pique your interest.

Nintendo collectors are racing over to eBay to bid on an auction for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) game Nintendo World Championships.

Initial bidding started at $4,999, but, at the time of this writing, the latest bid on the rare game cartridge was $98,601. According to BBC News, one Nintendo expert thinks the cartridge is likely to earn more, despite the item's poor condition (a ripped label and the words “Mario” written on its casing), as genuine copies of Nintendo World Championships are hard to come by. Read more...

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January 17 2014

eBay Takes Its First Steps Toward Virtual Currency
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One small step for Bitcoin, one medium-sized leap for eBay.

Starting on Feb. 10, the UK section of the online marketplace will open a "virtual currency" category within its classified ads for the listing of Bitcoin, as well as its various offshoots — Coinyes, dogecoins and others that have emerged.

Customers will be able to put up listings for virtual cturrencies and conceivably offer them as forms of payment in outside transactions. Purchases through eBay will still need to be in a government-issued currency.

“To promote a trustworthy marketplace and ensure compliance with applicable regulations, eBay is currently updating its Currency Policy," an eBay spokesperson told Mashable in an email. "The updated policy will clarify that listings for Bitcoin and other similar virtual currencies must be listed in the Virtual Currency Category in the Classified Ad format." Read more...

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January 07 2014

Omidyar Recruits Entertainment Weekly Editor for New Media Venture
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First Look Media, the company started by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar with former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, has hired former EntertainmentWeekly.com Editor Bill Gannon.

Gannon previously oversaw the front page of Yahoo.com and later served as director of digital media at Lucasfilm. He is the first major hire by First Look since Omidyar announced the formation of the business as well as a $50 million investment

Omidyar announced the news in ablog post that detailed Gannon's task of building the editorial side of First Look. Read more...

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January 02 2014

Is eBay Planning to Launch Its Own Virtual Currency?
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eBay's PayPal unit has filed a patent application proposing secure tokens that could potentially be used as a virtual currency.

The application, filed in June 2012 and published on Dec. 19, 2013, would let people buy products without creating a payment provider account

"The recipient can use the token to purchase a product using a checkout though the payment provider," the filing reads. "The purchase can be made without requiring the user to create the user's own payment provider account." The filing states that these tokens would be for giving gifts, but in theory, the tokens could serve as a currency that can be used for purchases outside of eBay and PayPal and would be a competitor to Bitcoin, dogecoin and litecoin, among others. Read more...

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November 25 2013

eBay Makes Same-Day Delivery Service Free for Holidays
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eBay announced Monday in a blog post that it will waive the $5 fee on its same-day delivery service from now through Christmas Eve as part of its fight to win the holiday shopping season

eBay Now first launched in San Francisco last year and has since expanded to New York, Chicago and San Jose, Calif., with plans to be available in 25 markets by the end of next year. Customers can place orders online or through eBay's iPhone and Android apps, and are told to expect deliveries within one hour

“With six less shopping days this year, timing is everything," the company told Mashable in a statement. "We are offering free delivery for eBay Now to help holiday shoppers who are looking for a convenient way to get whatever they need and love this holiday season, delivered anywhere in about an hour." Read more...

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October 25 2013

Online Car Sales Fraudster Makes FBI's Most Wanted List
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A group of seven Eastern European online car dealers made $3 million selling cars, motorcycles, and boats on sites like eBay, Cars.com or AutoTrader.com in less than two years. This would be a great example of how the Internet opens up opportunities for global commerce if it weren't for the fact that those cars, motorcycles and boats did not actually exist.

The seven alleged fraudsters were part of a sophisticated group whom the FBI describes as "a band of dangerous cybercriminals." The group scammed mostly U.S. victims, using fake email accounts, fake passports, and fake Paypal and Amazon Payment invoices. The group was led by Nicolae Popescu, a 33-year-old Romanian who is now one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives Read more...

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When Tech Giants Lobby Congress, This Is What They Ask For
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When you think of industry giants lobbying Congress, you may envision massive oil companies. But tech giants of Silicon Valley are getting a piece of the action, too.

Google, for instance, spent $3.4 million on lobbying in the last quarter aloneFacebook and Apple are also strengthening their lobbying efforts, and their main reasons for doing so include net neutrality, surveillance reform, self-driving vehicle and immigration.

Several big tech companies recently joined forces in their lobbying pursuits to create the Internet Association to work for an "open, innovative and free Internet." Read more...

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October 22 2013

eBay Now Acquires Chief Rival as It Expands Same-Day Delivery Service
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eBay is aggressively expanding its same-day delivery service. At a presentation in Manhattan Tuesday morning, Devin Wenig, president of eBay Marketplaces, announced the company has acquired one of the biggest competitors of eBay Now, a UK-based startup called Shutl that arrived in the U.S. in February.

The acquisition will help eBay Now reach 25 geographic markets by the end of 2014, including London. The service is already available in New York and San Francisco and, as of this morning's announcement, Chicago. Dallas will be added to the list of available markets later this year.

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September 26 2013

eBay Buys Braintree for $800 Million
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eBay has announced an agreement to buy global payment platform Braintree for $800 million

The company will be integrated into eBay's PayPal unit

"Braintree is a perfect fit with PayPal,” said eBay President and CEO John Donahoe in a press release announcing the deal. “Bill Ready and his team add complementary talent and technology that we believe will help accelerate PayPal’s global leadership in mobile payments. Together, we expect that PayPal and Braintree also will accelerate our leadership in supporting developers who are creating innovative solutions for next generation commerce startups.” Read more...

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March 28 2013

Rare 'BioShock' Audio Diary for Sale
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With the release of BioShock: Infinite and its impressive reviews, there's never been a better time to rustle up odds and ends from the franchise. Case in point: A ridiculously rare functional BioShock audio diary is currently up for grabs.

The eBay auction is slated to close on March 31, so collectors don't have long to bid.

How rare is this audio diary exactly? According to gameshirts702, the seller, there's only a grand total of four of these out in the wild. All of them were created as part of a viral marketing effort for the release of BioShock 2. You might remember a little ARG called There's Something in the Sea, and the audio diaries are a direct result of jumping through all of those hoops. Read more...

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August 09 2012

July 26 2012

Internet’s Biggest Companies Joining Forces to Lobby Washington




Facebook, Google, Amazon and eBay are reportedly among the companies that are banding together to form a new trade association of Internet companies that will advocate around technology issues in Congress, according to a new report.

The Internet Association will be the "first and only trade association representing Internet companies and the interests of their users," President and CEO Michael Beckerman told Mashable.

The mission of the Internet Association? Lobbying for "political solutions that will push for a protecting a free and open Internet" and to defend the Internet from what its members view as excessive regulation, according to Beckerman.

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More About: Business, Facebook, Google, Politics, US, amazon, congress, ebay, internet, internet association, internet defense league


July 25 2012

Meet the Woman Who Tried to Marry Off Her Niece on eBay





Today, online dating services help filter exactly what people are looking for in a significant other. Other times, people take even less traditional routes to secure companionship.

In an attempt to find the perfect suitor for her niece, auction agent Diane Hayes placed an eBay ad offering her niece's hand in marriage for $9.99. Only the subject of the ad, 21-year-old Emilie Rogers, was unaware.

According to the ad, which has since been removed from eBay, Hayes was concerned that Rogers was a little too fond of boys with tattoos.

"Your choice to 'tattoo or not to tattoo' is a good indicator of your internal thought process," Hayes wrote in the ad. "If, for instance, on an act of im…
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January 06 2012

eBay Instant Sale Pays You in Seconds for Old Electronics and Unwanted Gifts


Out with the old and in with shiny new gadgets. If you’re among those gadget-owners getting rid of the “old,” plenty of retailers offer ways to sell back your unwanted electronic holiday presents and old gadgets. Here’s another: eBay Instant Sale.

The eBay Instant Sale service lets you skip the lengthy eBay bidding process and sell your electronics directly for cash online or through an iPhone application, receiving a PayPal payment in seconds.

Get $30 to $42 for an Apple iPhone 2G and about $72 to $130 for 3G and 3GS iPhones. Offers are up to $194 for newer iPhone 4 models. Sellers eager to make quick cash can get up to $407 for a 64 GB iPhone 4S, $328 for 16GB and $347 for 32GB.

Newer MacBook Pros and MacBook Air sales will put around $400 to $800 in your pocket.

The instant offers service is enabled by an eBay team working with AllTechWholeSale, a top-rated eBay seller. eBay does not receive a cut in these sales. The eBay Instant Sale service launched in October 2010 in a testing phase and re-launched as a full version in February 2011. Since then, more than 4 million offers have been generated.

The top five sales have been Apple iPhones, Samsung, HTC, Blackberry and Motorola products, according to the AllTechWholeSale team.

To find out how much your electronic product is worth, input a brand or product name, then complete a short survey about the storage capacity, functionality, power adapter availability, and its physical condition in terms of display, missing components, scratches and more. Broken gadgets can be traded up for cash too.

There is also an updated version of the Instant Sales app, eBay’s 10th iPhone-capable app, available. The current version is compatible with iPod touch and iPad.

As a seller, after after you accept the eBay Instant Sales immediate offer, you’ll get a prompt to print a free shipping label, so you can pack and ship your unwanted items.

Other trade-in services include Gazelle, which also offers free shipping (not applicable to items worth less than $1). Payment is available via check, Amazon gift card or PayPal. Best Buy similarly offers an electronics buy-back program. Customers can drop off items at certain Best Buy locations in exchange for a gift card. There are guaranteed rates for purchases that fluctuate in value depending on when you sell the items after you buy them.

Are you willing to trade in your gadgets using eBay Instant Sale? Have you used any of these options to get money for your old gadgets?


Here are 10 tech retailers that will pay for your old electronics.


1. Gazelle




Gazelle is a reCommerce service that will take iPads, external hard drives, GPS devices, satellite radios, Blu-ray movies and other gadgets. If your item isn’t listed, you can contact them for a personalized quote. Payment can be made via Amazon gift card, checks, PayPal, or you can opt to have the funds donated to one of the charities they work with.

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January 04 2012

What Does PayPal President Scott Thompson’s Departure Mean for eBay?


When Scott Thompson starts his new job as Yahoo’s CEO Monday, he’ll leave his post as the head of eBay’s payment division, PayPal. An internal memo sent to PayPal employees suggests he has caught eBay off guard with his departure.

In the memo, which was obtained by All Things D Wednesday, eBay’s CEO John Donahoe says it was a “shock” when he learned of Thompson’s departure.

“Scott informed me Tuesday afternoon,” Donahoe wrote. “I will serve in the interim role as President and will be meeting with the PayPal leadership team this morning to plan a seamless transition.”

Thompson is leaving PayPal at a sensitive time, and he has potentially delivered a significant blow to eBay in the process. The payment division plans to roll out a PayPal Wallet, its Google Wallet competitor, within the next 12 months.

PayPal Wallet is an opportunity for the division to expand into physical payments for the first time, and it makes Paypal’s potential market bigger than ever before.

PayPal has advantages in the mobile payments game, such as a history of enabling payments from multiple sources and a system that will allow customers without NFC-enabled devices to make payments. At the same time, the project could flop without the right retail partners and customer adoption. It’s a bad moment for PayPal to lose its leader.

Donahoe isn’t by any stretch a newbie to the payments industry and assured PayPal employees in his memo that “we will not miss a beat.” But investors don’t seem to be overly comforted by his interim presidency, and eBay’s stock price is trading 3.6% lower than it closed at yesterday.

It’s common for stock price to take a hit immediately after transition announcements, however, and the more interesting long-term effects of the switch won’t be observable for months. What do you think those effects will be, if any? Let us know in the comments.

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Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson Wants Yahoo to Innovate Again


Yahoo’s freshly minted CEO Scott Thompson is a believer, and he did his darnedest during his first public call as Yahoo’s new leader to convince everyone else that the company is ready to return to “the forefront on innovation online and with the businesses that benefit from online.”

It’s was a surprisingly lively 40-minute speech and Q&A with the fast-talking Thompson who had nothing but praise for his new home. “I’m convinced that the core business assets are stronger here at Yahoo than people believe,” said Thompson, who plans on focusing on growing shareholder value, top-line growth, unique visitors and ad dollars.

“It’s a huge opportunity and great challenge,” admitted Thompson, who also noted that speed is critical. Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock, who was also on the call, said Yahoo has “treaded water here, and what we need to do now is build on those assets and start swimming at a very fast clip.”

Thompson, who has only been on the job a day, was short on details — in fact he did not mention a single Yahoo property by name — about how he would drive growth, innovation and advertising dollars. His experience at PayPal, where he was president, though, taught him that building great Internet products inside great customer experiences is key to growth and deepening consumer engagement.

One potential area for growth Thompson has already identified is Yahoo’s data assets. He looked at “How much data all these wonderful businesses Yahoo have” and is confident “that data is going to be exploitable … for next-generation products and in other spaces in advertising and marketing.”

Thompson’s background, however, is not in sales and marketing. He served as PayPal’s chief technology officer before rising to the role of president. For some, this is a red flag, but Yahoo Chairman Bostock dismissed the concern. “The key to success in advertising is providing a great customer experience,” said Bostock, adding, “Scott has proven at PayPal is that he knows how to create great customer experiences.”

Thompson’s arrival, however, will not change Yahoo’s plans to monetize its Asian assets, which include Alibaba. Bostock said Thompson is up to speed and will be involved in the process. However, Bostock also promised Thompson will not be “distracted” by it.

Mobile, naturally, will also play a role in Yahoo’s chances for future success. “Mobile is a really big question for Yahoo and a big opportunity for this business,” Thompson told the call audience. He acknowledged that the Yahoo experience has to be “great across all devices.” Interestingly, Yahoo started as a mobile pioneer, rolling out mobile-specific interfaces years ahead of many competitors — perhaps too early — yet is now viewed as behind. One Twitter commented noted, “How 5 years ago.”

Thompson, who said he is “genuinely excited to be here,” admitted that he’s still getting to know everyone at Yahoo, but offered high praise for current execs and other Yahoo employees, including the content team. “People,” he noted, “determine whether or not you win or lose in the market.”

Still, Thompson must know he’ll have to get his hands dirty as he digs through Yahoo’s legacy businesses to understand exactly which ones are and are not delivering Yahoo’s reported 700 million monthly unique visitors (worldwide). “As with any business, there’s always a tremendous amount of work to do,” said Thompson.

The new CEO envisions an online landscape of radical change in the next five to 10 years and wants Yahoo to be a part of delivering these “disruptive concepts.” He sees it as part of Yahoo’s identity. Added Thompson, “I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t believe that was possible.” This does not sound like a CEO gearing up for a merger or acquisition.

How do you rate Yahoo’s chances for success? Tell us in the comments below.

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