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In an attempt to bolster its online payment system, eBay today announced that it has agreed to buy Braintree, a full-stack payments platform that allows companies to accept payments in mobile apps and websites. The deal will cost eBay $800 million in cash, and once completed, the online auction site plans to integrate Braintree with its PayPal subsidiary. "Braintree is a perfect fit with PayPal," said eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe. "Bill Ready and his team add complementary talent and technology that we believe will help accelerate PayPal’s global leadership in mobile payments.... Read more...
Even after listing fees and various commissions are factored in, eBay user "papakar" just scored a big payday, assuming the buyer of his unlocked Gold iPhone 5S 16GB ponies up the cash. The winning bid came out to $10,000 plus an additional $44.95 for one-day shipping (seems like at that price, the seller could foot the bill for shipping, but whatever). Why so much? One explanation is that the winner bidder is full of bologna. However, out of the 51 bids the seller received, the winning bidder is one of just a few with feedback well above zero. The winning bidder, shown only as "y***9" to protect... Read more...
The world's largest online auction site (that would be eBay) has acquired Seattle startup Decide.com, a shopping research site that's helps users find the lowest prices. At the end of the month, Decide.com will cease to function as a separate site, making good on price guarantees for past purchases. As of today, however, Decide.com will not be allowing any more price guarantees on future purchases. So, what's in it for eBay? "Over the past year, we began experimenting with eBay and discovered an exciting opportunity to apply our team’s strength in data and predictive analytics to help over... Read more...
Look out, PayPal: Here comes Facebook. In what seems like a rather common-sense move for the company to make, Facebook will be launching its own payments service next month, with flash-sales site JackThreads becoming the pilot partner. The service's mechanics will mimic PayPal's, where you can pay for an item online with a Facebook option. To take advantage of the service, a credit card would need to be tied to your Facebook account; there's no mention of debit cards, but that doesn't mean it won't be an option. Since its launching over ten-years-ago, PayPal has become the dominant online payments... Read more...
After launching earlier this summer in Spain, Venezuela, and Colombia, the ZTE Open running the Firefox OS will be available in the U.S. and UK, as well. Starting “soon”, you’ll be able to snag an orange handset for $80 on eBay. “It is great honor to launch the ZTE Open Firefox OS phone worldwide through eBay,” said Mr. Dai Wenhong, VP of ZTE Corporation. “ZTE is devoted to providing more options for customers globally and enabling them to live better lives via advanced technology.” This product is a refreshing entrant into the mobile market, because it... Read more...
eBay Now is a shopping service that allows users to buy items online and have them delivered to your door by eBay’s “shopping valets” in about an hour. Deliveries can be made to homes, offices, or even wherever someone's hanging out, such as a bar, and it only costs $5. Until now, the service has only available as an iOS app, but eBay is rolling out eBay Now to the desktop, as well. From your web browser, you can search or browse through inventory at a number of local stores, including Target, Urban Outfitters, RadioShack, Walgreens, Macy’s, Home Depot, and more. You simply... Read more...
Look, we all know how the game is played. Whenever there's a new console launch, there's a mad dash to gobble up what's traditionally been limited inventory at the outset, and then flip it on eBay or CraigsList for an obscene profit. It sucks for people who just want to grab a console in time for the holidays without the intention of selling it the next day, but that's how it's been. What's harder to understand, however, is why people are paying big premiums for PlayStation 4 pre-orders on eBay months before the launch. A quick peek at ended auctions on eBay reveals that someone purchased the rights... Read more...
We've heard of going from rags to riches before, and in Monopoly, we'd occasionally pluck the "Bank Error" card from the Community Chest and collect $200. But even winning the lottery doesn't come close to the good fortune that temporarily befell Chris Reynolds, a Delaware County resident who went to bed with no money in his PayPal account and awoke to find that a $92 quadrillion credit. "I'm just feeling like a million bucks," Reynolds said in a statement, according to Philly.com. "At first I thought that I owed quadrillions. It was quite a big surprise." It was also a short lived one. This was... Read more...
There was little doubt before about 3D printing having a real future, but at the moment, the industry is on fire. Mere weeks ago, Microsoft announced that Windows 8.1 would be natively supporting 3D printing, a major boon to those who need it. Today, we learn of yet another way that 3D printing is getting into the hands of consumers, albeit a little differently than the rest. With its "Exact" service, eBay is offering people who don't have access to a 3D printer the ability to make use of them - at least to some small degree. The company has partnered with Sculpteo, MakerBot and Hot Pop Factory... Read more...
Bug bounties are a great way for budding programmers and developers to earn a bit of extra cash. Companies that offer them pay hundreds and even thousands of dollars per bug, depending on the severity of the security vulnerability that was discovered, resulting in a more secure product by the vendor and a little more jingle in the pocket of the person who uncovered the buggy code. In theory, everyone wins, so why is PayPal refusing to compensate a teen for finding a vulnerability on its website? He's too young to participate. Robert Kugler, a 17-year-old German student, claims he notified PayPal... Read more...
We hear the phrase "the future is mobile" a lot, but just what does that mean? Most of us are equipped with smartphones, and some of us tablets... just how much more mobile can we get? With devices that we don't own, but still use, of course. Case in point: an installation eBay is planning to kick-off with a major retail partner in New York City this summer. The plan was mentioned at TechCrunch's ongoing Disrupt conference by eBay CEO John Donahoe. Details are extremely light at the moment, but what is known is that this retail outlet will have a touchscreen window, likely to allow passersby to... Read more...
It's doubtful that anyone needs another reminder that even the largest companies out there can still make fatal mistakes, but eBay has given us one anyway. Late last week, a bug caused at least 10,000 sellers to have their account information disappear - sales history, current listings... poof. For someone who might just list the odd item through the service, such an occurrence wouldn't be the end of the world, but for those who make their living off of it, that's another story. eBay has stated: We continue to make progress in restoring these listings, a process that is rolling out in... Read more...
eBay announced that it's restructuring its fees for sellers on its online auction site, the timing of which has everything to do with Amazon recently raising fees for merchants on its e-commerce portal. As the price of doing business through Amazon goes up, eBay hopes to attract disgruntled sellers looking to jump ship. In order to do that, eBay needs to make its online auction site a more desirable location to sell products, which entails lowering fees and making its fee structure less complicated. Both are on the top of eBay's agenda. Rather than a tiered fee structure, eBay is transitioning... Read more...
Perhaps inspired by Microsoft, eBay announced that it’s retiring its old whimsical logo after 17 years of service. (You read that right--eBay has been rolling for 17 years, since 1995.) Instead of the jumbled and mixed-case letters, the new look is a straight, even set of lower-case letters; the fun colors, however, remain. “Our refreshed logo is rooted in our proud history and reflects a dynamic future”, said eBay president Devin Wenig in a statement. “It’s eBay today: a global online marketplace that offers a cleaner, more contemporary and consistent experience,... Read more...
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