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eBay launches bar-code-scanning app for Half.com

Launched strategically in time for back-to-school textbook pricing, it's the first implementation of RedLaser, the bar code technology that eBay acquired earlier this summer.

By August 16, 2010


Where to buy used textbooks

Back to school seasons means expensive books are on the horizon. But you don't have to break the bank just because a professor picks the most expensive book available. Shop around.

By July 23, 2014


Half.com to continue at full speed

eBay drops its decision to close down the site, under pressure from people using it to sell books and music.

September 24, 2004


Amazon's got game (and textbook rentals)

Amazon's ever-growing empire now includes a game-development studio and rentable textbooks. Plus: the government's latest push for cell phone radiation warning labels.

By August 7, 2012


Amazon goes for college crowd, launches rental textbook service

The textbook industry is under fresh attack, as Amazon.com starts letting customers rent paper text books.

By August 6, 2012


eBay to close Half.com

The company plans to shutter the site next year, completing a long-standing plan to merge the online discount store with its popular auction site.

By March 6, 2003


eBay's Half.com integration hits snags

As the meshing of certain functions begins, eBay warns members of some "temporary issues." One customer gets an e-mail regarding something he bought--nearly two years ago.

March 22, 2002


eBay retains Half.com site

The auction giant is backing off earlier plans to roll the fixed-price marketplace into the auction site and rename it.

February 12, 2002


Topeka unofficially rechristens itself 'Google'

The Kansas city is one of a handful in the running to be a test market for Google's fiber-optic broadband Internet. And it really, really, really wants to win.

By March 2, 2010


Half.com boosts book selection

The eBay-owned fixed-price site signs a deal with Abebooks.com to allow Abebooks-affiliated dealers to offer their used, rare and collectible tomes.

July 5, 2001