In the last few months, both Google and eBay unit PayPal have quietly rolled out new online-payment solutions that specifically target Internet-based political-campaign contributions.
While the companies primarily pitch their new products as methods for "attracting more supporters" and "increasing online giving to your campaign," the Internet titans have also laid the groundwork for phishing-resistant campaign contributions.
The phishing problem is a particular threat to campaign sites, for a … Read more
As expected, eBay has lowered fees for listing items to sell and adjusted other fees in response to a slowdown in sales activity on the online auction site. The company also said on Tuesday that it is raising its commission for items that sell, which reduces the risk for sellers in the event an item does not sell, and is offering a free gallery picture with each listing.
Correction 9:30 a.m. PST: This blog initially misstated the day the deal was announced. It is Monday.
eBay company PayPal announced Monday it plans to acquire Fraud Sciences in a cash deal valued at $169 million.
Fraud Sciences, a privately held Israeli company, will lend its online risk tools and analytics to both eBay and PayPal's fraud management systems. Fraud Sciences' technology will also be baked into the companies' next-generation fraud detection tools.
Updated at 3:20 p.m. PST with more background, analyst comment.
Meg Whitman is stepping down as chief executive of eBay after a decade, allowing a trusted insider to respond to slowed growth at the online auction pioneer.
Whitman has long said that every CEO should step down after 10 years to seek new professional challenges and make room for fresh leadership. Following her own edict, she will step down March 31 while remaining on the board.
"It's time for eBay, and this community, to have a new leadership team, a new perspective, and a new vision,&… Read more
Meg Whitman, chief executive of auction giant eBay, is planning to retire, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
Whitman, 51, recently has been entrusting more of the day-to-day responsibilities to others and "is completing her succession planning, say people familiar with the matter," The Journal said. She has held the top post since 1998.
According to the newspaper's sources, the decision about her retirement could happen within a matter of weeks, but "the situation remains fluid." The report named John Donahoe, president of eBay's auction business unit, as the most likely … Read more
Content-delivery network Proximic, which has a unique contextual matching system, now has ads to sell that can help bloggers and others monetize their sites.
The company was set to announce on Wednesday that it has signed deals to syndicate the product catalogs of the Yahoo Shopping Network and eBay's Shopping.com. This dumps nearly 50 million ad units into Proximic's advertising network.
Proximic, which launched in October, differs from Google AdSense and other keyword-based systems in that it automatically reads and matches relevant content according to "interconnected patterns" in documents that seem to be based more … Read more
If you were trying to find a Nintendo Wii to give someone as a Christmas present and were counting on buying that Wii at a retailer like Best Buy or Target, odds are you came away empty-handed and frustrated.
That was certainly my experience when I spent a day looking to see where it might be possible to find a Wii near San Francisco.
But always, in the back of my mind, I figured that for those who were truly desperate to get ahold of one of the machines, a small mint would fetch one on eBay.
I remember, however, … Read more