The intuitive and aesthetically pleasing Zune Marketplace works well as an audio jukebox and Zune companion, but it's missing some key ingredients that would make it a one-stop shop.
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The site, which specializes in arts and crafts, raises $267 million for a valuation of $1.8 billion.
Alibaba's Tmall online marketplace for consumers in China plays host to retailers like Apple and Nike, which pay Alibaba a commission on all sales. Amazon decides to suck it up and join the list.
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The new funding is announced in conjunction with a site redesign meant to make it easier to find services, which start at $5 a pop.
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Ma's company currently has more than 34,000 employees. The hiring freeze will last through at least the end of 2015.
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The online arts and crafts marketplace debuts on the Nasdaq stock exchange with shares trading at up to $35 per share.