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eBay takes a small bite out of execs' bonuses

eBay chief exec John Donahoe's take-home pay has shrunk by half compared to last year, partly because the online tat-bazaar's financial performance didn't live up to expectations. Donahoe was paid $13.8m in wages and bonuses for 2013, down 53 per cent from the whopping $29.7m he trousered for the previous year. "The Committee …

Icahn and I will: Carl's war on eBay goes NUCLEAR over Skype

Carl Icahn has pressed the red button in his war on eBay and has demanded access to all its records documenting the sale of VoIP firm Skype. The irate investor has published another of his infamous open letters in which he savages eBay management, and board director Marc Andreessen in particular. Icahn wants to launch a full …
Jasper Hamill, 04 Mar 2014

Google, eBay to Australian gov: 'protect us from our users'

US tech giants Google and eBay have called on the Australian government to give them the same “safe harbour” protections as apply to telecommunications carriers. There's no little irony in this: Google's been criticised for paying the low millions in tax in Australia, courtesy of its Irish-Dutch money shuffle, even though its …

Icahn, but Iwont: Carl the investor pest ends war with eBay

Carl Icahn has finally made peace with eBay after withdrawing his call for the auction site to divorce from its partner Paypal. The meddlesome investor has spent the last few months rudely demanding the spin off of eBay's payment service and asking for two of his aides to be put on the firm's board. After a barrage of open …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Apr 2014

Password bug let me see shoppers' credit cards in eBay ProStores, claims infosec bod

A serious vulnerability that potentially allowed shoplifters to empty eBay ProStores shops and swipe customer credit cards has been fixed – according to the security researcher who says he found the hole. Mark Litchfield, an infosec pro at Securatary, told us he discovered a flaw in eBay-owned ProStores that not only opened the …
John Leyden, 01 Apr 2014

Thanks for suggesting eBay should flog PayPal. It's not happening, CEO tells Carl Icahn

eBay has rejected a call from activist investor Carl Icahn to spin off its PayPal division into a separate company. John Donahoe, chief exec of the online marketplace, said that he had spoken with Icahn but the board and management believed that eBay and PayPal would do better if they stayed together. "The synergies are clear …
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eBay rejects Carl Icahn's board nominees as 'inexperienced'

eBay has rejected both of Carl Icahn's nominees for its board, saying they're not qualified for the job – and has urged its investors to do the same. The online marketplace said in a pre-annual general meeting filing that it had looked at the candidates proposed by the activist investor, who's agitating to get the firm to spin …

eBay warns investors: Don't expect 'em to stuff stockings with our tat

Shares in eBay tumbled in after-hours trading on Wall Street, after the online tat bazaar coughed to a "cautious outlook" for the holiday season in the US. The company alerted investors that it could face a difficult Christmas period and partly blamed the government shutdown for a potential slump in sales. Wall Street reacted …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Oct 2013

eBay stockholders! There's MORE to COME, thunders Carl Icahn

Activist investor Carl Icahn is continuing his campaign to get eBay to spin off PayPal, writing yet another letter to shareholders that said he hadn't even begun to fight to get his way. "Stockholders, please stay tuned. There is more to come – much more," Icahn threatened in his latest open letter (emphasis his own). The …
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PayPal row heats up as eBay chair calls Icahn claims 'false and misleading'

eBay chairman Pierre Omidyar has said activist investor Carl Icahn's comments about the firm are "false and misleading" as the row over the fate of PayPal heats up. In one of his notorious open letters to shareholders, Icahn accused eBay's board of having conflicts of interest that had affected its decision not to spin off …
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Tat bazaar eBay takes a rest for 'scheduled maintenance', goes offline

eBay is currently out of action for its users, but the downtime is not because of an unexpected outage. It is instead due to "scheduled general maintenance", the company has confirmed to The Register. That said, fans of second-hand goods cannot presently bid for a pair of old smelly shoes on the popular online tat bazaar. The …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2013

Hacktivists dish out DNS hijack to PayPal, eBay

Surfers visiting the eBay and PayPal UK websites were redirected to defacement pages instead following a DNS hack for which the Syrian Electronic Army has claimed responsibility. The hijacking of surfers instigated by the pro-Assad hacktivists only persisted for a short period over the weekend before normality was restored. The …
John Leyden, 03 Feb 2014

eBay boss tells workers to ignore 'noisy' Icahn's PayPal sale campaign

eBay chief John Donahoe has warned employees to ignore Carl Icahn's "noise" about the board and the proposed spin-off of PayPal. Icahn has been engaged in a fierce campaign to convince the online bazaar to spin off the payments firm and has levelled allegations that the board isn't fit to make the decision, claiming conflicts of …

eBay head honcho: Amazon drone delivery plan is 'FANTASY'

The CEO of eBay has dismissed Amazon's claims that it will soon employ drones to deliver packages as a "fantasy". In an interview with Bloomberg, John Donahoe rubbished Amazon's claims that it was about to replace its human worker drones with robots. "We're not really focusing on long-term fantasies, we're focusing on things …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Dec 2013

eBay unveils data center that runs on fuel cells

Online bid bazaar eBay has plugged a much-hyped fuel cell technology into its new data center, as the company tries to increase the efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of its colossal bit barns. The announcement of the new facility was made by eBay at a press event in Utah on Thursday. The company revealed that along …
Jack Clark, 26 Sep 2013

NSA reporter leaves paper for eBay billionaire backed media biz

Glenn Greenwald, the reporter who broke the NSA surveillance story, is leaving British daily The Guardian to join a mysterious new eBay billionaire-backed publication. The American journalist has been a thorn in the NSA's side ever since he worked on the release of documents leaked by its contracted sysadmin Edward Snowden, who …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Oct 2013

Win XP holdouts storm eBay and licence brokers, hiss: Give us all your Windows 7

PC users are scouring auction sites and licence brokers to obtain copies of Windows 7 for their upgrades to Windows XP, rather than buying Windows 8. Sales of Windows 7 on eBay have more than doubled during the last seven months as people scramble to beat Microsoft’s 8 April cut-off for Windows XP support. Anybody running …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2014

Software glitch WIPES OUT listings of 10,000 eBay sellers

eBay has confessed to The Register that a software bug destroyed the listings of 10,000 merchants in Britain, the US, Germany and Australia. The online tat bazaar said it was restoring the listings, but it was unable to tell us if traders would be able to recover their sales histories - an important component for eBay sellers, …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Mar 2013

Teen buys WikiLeaks server for $33,000 – with dad's eBay account

The eBay auction of a server formerly used by WikiLeaks has ended with a closing bid of more than $30,000, but the 17-year-old winner will not receive his goods because he bid on the equipment using his father's eBay account without his permission. The youth, whose name has been withheld, bid eight times during the ten-day …
Neil McAllister, 13 Sep 2013

eBay chairman: 'Don't make payback a bitch for Anonymous hackers'

In a move likely to negatively affect his board members' blood pressure (and highlight his future media plans), eBay chairman Pierre Omidyar has called on the government to show leniency in the forthcoming trial of the "PayPal 14", who are accused of DDoSing the online payment service. Later this week, the Department of Justice …
Iain Thomson, 05 Dec 2013
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eBay: Our paid Google advertising was a total waste of money

eBay has claimed that Google's paid search ads aren't worth the money for big-name brands, after it conducted a study showing that found it was only getting 25 cents back for every dollar it spent. eBay Research Labs looked at the online bazaar's sales after it gave up on search ads in some regions but left them on in others. …
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eBay chief Donahoe sees his package nearly DOUBLE in size

eBay chief John Donahoe saw his compensation package shoot up 81 per cent last year to a whopping $29.7m as the online bazaar's stock grew 68 per cent. Donahoe was handsomely rewarded for the growth the marketplace site and its payment business PayPal saw last year, with a salary bump of three per cent to $970,353. That was …
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ZTE to flog Firefox OS mobe worldwide via eBay

Chinese mobile maker ZTE has announced plans to sell a smartphone running the Mozilla Foundation's Firefox OS worldwide via online auction site eBay. The company said the orange-colored version of the ZTE Open would go on sale "soon" for $79.99 on eBay's US site and £59.99 in the UK, though no specific date was given. "The ZTE …
Neil McAllister, 12 Aug 2013
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ZTE's $80 Firefox OS mobe sells out on eBay

If you were hoping to get your hands on ZTE's first Firefox OS phone and you don't live in one of the markets where it was picked up by a mobile carrier, you may be out of luck for now. The Chinese smartphone maker put a limited stock of its new ZTE Open handset up for sale to customers worldwide last Friday, exclusively via its …
Neil McAllister, 19 Aug 2013

Microsoft's canceled 'Project Brazil' took aim at Amazon, eBay

Microsoft recently considered building its own online marketplace to compete with the likes of Amazon and eBay, but has since abandoned the plans, sources claim. The effort, known within Redmond as "Project Brazil", would have seen the company create an e-commerce hub that would have played host to a variety of retailers and …
Neil McAllister, 20 Jun 2013
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eBay's festive sales soar, but what's this? Profit DOWN 62%?

eBay not only made a wad of dosh over the festive period but it also scooped up loads more mobe-toting shoppers to boot. The online tat bazaar today boasted that 4,300,000 people signed up for new accounts using their smartphones during 2012. The website's CEO John Donahoe said these mobile shoppers are driving his firm's …
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Enterprising 'early adapter' tries to hawk Google Glass on eBay

Online bidding for a set of Google Glass nerd specs reached $15,900 on eBay before the auction site took the listing down. A seller in Cleveland, Ohio, claimed to be one of the few invited to take part in the Google goggles pilot programme, set up to see how folks will use the kit, and said he would hand over the hardware for at …
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eBay hit with antitrust suit over hiring practices

The US Department of Justice and the State of California both filed suit against eBay on Friday, alleging that the online marketplace entered into an illegal, anticompetitive hiring pact with tax and financial software maker Intuit. As reported by Bloomberg, the lawsuit charges eBay with developing an "evolving handshake" …
Neil McAllister, 17 Nov 2012
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WikiLeaks' Cablegate server touted on eBay for $3k-plus by Swedes

Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has attacked a former ally after one of the servers used to host the infamous Cablegate material was put up for auction on eBay. The document-leaking operation – headed by Julian Assange™ – slammed Bahnhof, a Swedish internet service provider, for flogging the once-rented Dell Poweredge R410 …
Jasper Hamill, 03 Sep 2013
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Alleged 'Xbox 720' dev box eBay'd for $20,100

Would you buy an Xbox 720 development kit for 20 grand? Someone just has - paying in dollars rather than sterling, of course - after the "Microsoft Xbox Durango Development Kit" appeared on eBay last night. Durango Xbox development kit After 43 bids, the non-descript black tower system, said by the seller to contain an Intel …
Tony Smith, 13 Aug 2012
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eBay: It's safe to buy busted lava lamps and bug-infested rugs again

eBay has resolved a cross-site scripting bug on its website that independent experts warned posed a significant risk of fraud to users of the auction site. The XSS flaw meant that, once logged into a seller account on eBay, an attacker could insert an XSS exploit code into a listing of an item for sale. The XSS security flaw on …
John Leyden, 22 Nov 2012

White House backs US web sales tax - eBay hits panic alarm

The White House has backed a bill that would give US states the ability to demand sales tax from online retailers, while the Senate clears the law for formal voting. The senators voted 74 to 20, with six abstaining, to limit debate on the Marketplace Fairness Act and get on with final vote on the legislation. The MFA, proposed …
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Bloke flogged $1.2m of pirated Microsoft gear on eBay, say Feds

A US man has been charged with selling counterfeit Microsoft software valued at more than $1.2m. Bruce Alan Edward, 48, of Atlanta, Michigan, is accused of five counts of criminal copyright infringement, and one count of mail fraud, over the alleged resale of pirated software sourced from the far East. According to his charge …
John Leyden, 09 Nov 2012
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E-tailing beats the high street: eBay

Australian internet retailers are making hay while the sun casts shadows on their high street cousins, according to eBay Australia. In its annual survey, eBay's Online Business Index (OBI), research revealed that ebay’s top 2000 sellers experienced 45 per cent revenue growth in the last year with around 160 Australian businesses …
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eBay frets as right to resell comes under scrutiny

eBay has launched a “grass roots” campaign to defend America’s first sale doctrine, as a Supreme Court hearing approaches that could subject second-hand and resale trades to the approval of rights-holders. The online auctioneer is lobbying in defense of the first sale doctrine, and has launched “eBay Main Street” to mobilize its …
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eBay invites mystic wrath over ban on spells, potions and lotions

The ire of the world's witches, warlocks, and other practicers of the psychic arts will be focused on eBay shortly, after the company banned a range of intangible mystic items from its site. According to the Fall Seller Update, from September "advice; spells; curses; hexing; conjuring; magic; prayers; blessing services; magic …
Iain Thomson, 17 Aug 2012

PayPal mudslingfest TELEVISED: Icahn and Donahoe go on telly

The fight between activist investor Carl Icahn and eBay over the fate of PayPal has hit the media, after Icahn claimed that he'd "never seen worse corporate governance" at another firm. Speaking to CNBC television, Icahn criticised the firm's governance policy and also said that eBay chief exec John Donahoe shouldn't have …
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Google Glass will SELF-DESTRUCT if flogged on eBay

Buyers of Google Glass have been warned they cannot sell their pricey new techno-spectacles on eBay or anywhere else. In terms of sale posted on its website, the advertising giant said a Google Glass was for life, unless you wanted to give it away for nothing. Anyone who failed to follow the rules will have their devices …
Jasper Hamill, 18 Apr 2013
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Dual-dock prototype iPad eyed on eBay

Some time back, an Apple was granted a patent which showed an iPad with two dock connectors, allowing the device to be docked in either landscape or portrait mode. It was claimed back then that Apple was planning to add the second dock connector to a second-generation iPad. It never did, of course, and it now turns out that the …
Tony Smith, 28 May 2012
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eBay beats Q1 forecasts with PayPal mobe cash mountain

eBay has seen its revenues and income rise in the first quarter this year, boosted by PayPal's moves in the mobile payments sector. The web marketplace reported a 29 per cent lift in revenue from the same quarter last year, rising to $3.3bn (£2bn), while net income was up 17 per cent to $725m (£450m), beating analysts' …
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Feds probe eBay over Craigslist plunder allegations

US prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into allegations eBay employees stole confidential information from Craigslist, according to a grand jury subpoena. The two internet companies have been slugging it out in the civil courts for years, with Craigslist insisting eBay used its stake in the classified ad website …
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eBay scam nets suckers on both sides of the road

Greedy eBay customers and merchants have both been caught by scammers punting empty boxes as containing high-priced kit at a 50 percent discount. According to the Victoria Police e-crime squad, the scam works like this: the perpetrators target merchants with a good reputation on eBay (usually via recruitment ads) and signs them …
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Notorious eBay hacker gets 3-year suspended sentence

Vladuz, the Romanian hacker who repeatedly accessed off-limits parts of eBay's website and then publicly taunted company officials over the security lapses, has been handed a suspended three-year sentence, according to news reports. The Bucharest appeal court issued the sentence on Wednesday to 23-year-old Vlad Duiculescu, AFP …
Dan Goodin, 03 Nov 2011

eBay fires up OpenStack cloud with Nicira network virt

If VMware needed another reason to justify its $1.26bn acquisition of network virtualization upstart Nicira, it need look no further than online auctioneer eBay. Nicira created Open vSwitch, a virtual switch that plugs into server virtualization hypervisors and provides a networking abstraction layer that's akin to a hypervisor …
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Pre-Pet Commodore micro up for grabs on eBay

Readers, you now have 12 hours or so to bid for a slice of computing history: a Kim-1 single-board computer, released some 36 years ago by the company that would become a key part of Commodore. Kim stood for Keyboard Input Monitor, and the device, based on the MOS 6502, was the equivalent of the Sinclair MK14 or the Acorn System …
Tony Smith, 17 May 2012

Magento bug left user credentials vulnerable: researcher

Security researchers have reported a cross-store vulnerability in the Magento commerce platform that lets attackers create administrative users on any store. Securatary says before it was patched, the bug would allow an attacker to access the account details of “any customer” on the 200,000 merchants that Magento claims to host …
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Amazon, eBay, banks snub anti-fraud DNS tech, sniff securo bods

Despite the best attempts of security vendors, neither online stores nor the financial industry seem particularly keen to adopt DNSSEC tech - an anti-fraud mechanism that makes it difficult for fraudsters to spoof legitimate websites. DNSSEC (DNS Security Extensions) uses public-key encryption and authentication to guard against …
John Leyden, 18 Feb 2013
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PayPal pushes eBay earnings

eBay is celebrating a 20 per cent jump in profits in the last quarter, thanks mainly to its payment system PayPal. The online tat bazaar grew net revenues in the first quarter of 2011 to $2.5bn, up 16 per cent and net income was up 20 per cent to £398m. eBay's chief executive John Donahoe said 2011 was off to a strong start …
John Oates, 28 Apr 2011
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eBay opens real-world UK tat bazaar for Xmas greed peak

eBay is launching its first UK store, albeit temporarily, this Christmas to allow shoppers to browse in the physical world before buying online. The pop-up boutique opens in London's West End for just five days from 1 December in what is expected to be the peak buying period for the year. Dubbed a "Quick Response (QR) code …
Paul Kunert, 18 Nov 2011
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eBay shopping lands wild colonial in lock-up

A 35-year-old man from the country town of Castlemaine in Victoria has been remanded in custody to face court after spending $AU17,000 on eBay buying bomb-making equipment. Phillip Marsh has told the Bendigo Magistrates Court his intention was to “make fireworks”, after amassing a collection that included potassium nitrate, …