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It appears that one man’s trash is, indeed, another man’s treasure as bids for old, dirty, and crumpled up Atari 2600 games on Ebay have exceeded $500. Thousands of Atari games were buried in Alamogordo, New Mexico and, after being buried for 30 years, were dug up and are now being sold on Ebay that includes copies of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Defender, Asteroids, and other classic games. The games are being sold through the Tularosa Basin Historical society on Ebay. Right now, only 100 cartridges are being auctioned off on Ebay to get a sense of how much they’ll go for with plans to sell around 700 to 800 more. Games such as Asteroids, Missile Command, Warlords, and Star... Read more...
There seems to be a trend that is growing among major tech companies with breaking up into smaller pieces. Ebay and Hewlett-Packard announced that they were breaking up into smaller pieces. Now it seems Symantec Corp could be adapting that trend in the future, according to unnamed sources that spoke to Bloomberg who are knowledgeable about the matter. It seems that the software company is looking to split up its business into two separate companies. One side would focus on selling its Norton security programs while the other deals with data storage. The sources said that the plan is in advanced talks and that an announcement could be made in a few weeks. Image Source: Flick (Kazuhisa Otsubu)... Read more...
Online auction site eBay announced today that its board of directors approved a plan to split eBay and PayPal into independent publicly traded companies in 2015. By spinning PayPal off into its own business, the board feels both companies will be in a better position to capitalize on their respective growth opportunities. "eBay and PayPal will be sharper and stronger, and more focused and competitive as leading, standalone companies in their respective markets," said eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe. "As independent companies, eBay and PayPal will enjoy added flexibility to pursue new market and partnership opportunities. And we are confident following a thorough assessment of the relationships... Read more...
You may have noticed that auction site eBay was down for the count or slow loading for a period of time over the weekend. Don't worry, the problem wasn't on your end -- eBay's VP of Global Platform & Infrastructure Group, Sri Shivananda, issued an apology for the recent site troubles, adding that the company believes "unexpected power issues" are to blame. "First, on behalf of the company and our team, I apologize to the eBay customers affected by this incident," Shivananda said. "As a marketplace, we understand how important it is that we maintain a reliable platform for our buyers and sellers. We regret that today we didn’t meet the high expectations our customers have for us." Image... Read more...
Bitcoin is quickly overcoming its sketchy past, one that was linked with illicit drug markets and other illegal activities. It's still a highly volatile currency, but it's also one that more and more online and offline vendors are willing to gamble on. That includes online auction site eBay, which is reportedly in talks with various bitcoin payment processing companies, including Coinbase, to integrate bitcoin processing into its Braintree payments subsidiary, which is a part of PayPal. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, no agreement has yet been reached. Should a deal eventually be put in place, however, it would be a major endorsement of bitcoin -- and the virtual coin movement... Read more...
With only so much top level talent available in the technology industry, it's not uncommon for high ranking employees to change firms. Such is the case for David Marcus, president of eBay's PayPal division, who is joining Facebook to spearhead the company's efforts in mobile messaging. His primary responsibility will be running Messenger, a recently spun off chat application. Facebook views messaging as a core part of its social networking service and a key element in its mission to connect the world. According to Facebook, around 12 billion messages are sent on Facebook per day, while its standalone messaging app is now used by more than 200 million people every month. Image Source: Flickr (Marco... Read more...
Have you ever found yourself yelling at Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN), "Hey, just take my money!"? Neither have we, but in case you've been frustrated with the available payment options, you'll be happy to know that you can use PayPal to make purchases through PSN (by funding your Wallet). It's a thoughtful addition, especially if you're an active eBay seller that keeps a steady flow of funds in your PayPal account. You'll find the option to use PayPal in the PS Store on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles. It also appears on the Sony Entertainment Network website, though the option all around is limited to a select few territories. They include the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Chile, and Argentina.... Read more...
Attention all eBay users, go ahead and change your password to the auction site. Like, right now -- we'll wait. Take your time, we'll be here when you get back. Finished? Good! Don't worry, it wasn't an arbitrary exercise -- eBay later today will be sending out emails and posting notices asking you to change your password due to a security breach. Some placeholder pages were spotted online by savvy web users that seemed to suggest a notice was forthcoming. The folks at The Wall Street Journal got in touch with eBay and found out that a cyberattack compromised a database containing encrypted passwords and other non-financial data. Image Source: Flickr (Janitors) According to eBay, extensive tests... Read more...
One of the reasons why brick-and-mortar stores still exist is because online shopping lacks the ability to offer instant gratification. As it pertains to clothes shopping, another major disadvantage is not being able to try on items to see if they'll fit properly. Advancements in technology will eventually solve these problems, and as far as trying on clothes go, eBay just acquired a company that creates 3D models of clothing from photos, pattern files, and other sources. The company is called PhiSix, and with the acquisition, eBay hopes to offer shoppers a virtual fitting room for a more immersive shopping experience. You'll be able to try on clothes before buying online, which will both enhance... Read more...
We maintain that people are inherently good, but you know what they say about a few bad apples. This being the holiday season, you have to wary of the world's miscreants looking to prey on your goodwill and generosity, such as that guy walking around the parking lot claiming he's out of gas and asking to 'borrow' $20 probably (Psst, he's not really out of gas). This holiday season also happens to coincide with two major console launches -- Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 -- and as is always the case, a shortage of units has gamers shopping on eBay at inflated prices. If you're going to do that, be sure to read the auction carefully. A 19-year-old gamer in the U.K. is making headlines... Read more...
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. Together, we expect that PayPal and Braintree also will accelerate our leadership in supporting developers... 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 his identity, has a feedback score of 226, which seemingly indicates he's not a new account holder... 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 25 million eBay sellers make smarter decisions and be more successful," Decide.com said in a FAQ page... 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 vendor, and while its service is reliable overall, there are a lot of downsides to not having real... 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 both offers a low-cost option for new smartphone customers and is also built on open Web standards,... 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 add what you want to your shopping cart and pay with PayPal or a credit card. The service is still... 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 to a pre-ordered PS4 console for $9.999.99 with free overnight shipping. "My wife and I are going... 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 an obvious error on PayPal's part, and unlike Monopoly, you don't get to go around the board with... 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 to offer a variety of base designs, and using its mobile app (available only for iOS at the moment),... 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 of the vulnerability in question on May 19, to which he received an email response indicating that... 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 browse various collections and maybe even buy something. Would you have to log into your eBay account,... 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 stages and is expected to be completed for the majority of listings within 24 hours of the incident..... Read more...
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