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Craigslist's New Classified Rival: Facebook

Zuckerberg and Co. developing classified ad project

(Newser) - Look out, Craigslist: Facebook is developing a classified ad service, insiders say—and unlike Craigslist, it would target ads at interested users. Dubbed Marketplace—like an earlier Facebook venture—for the time being, the service could be used for anything from hawking second-hand furniture to advertising apartments. To sell a... More »

Prosecutors Probing eBay-Craigslist Feud

EBay execs accused of stealing classified info

(Newser) - The Justice Department has become involved in the long-running dispute between eBay and Craigslist amid accusations that eBay execs broke the law. Federal investigators are probing accusations that eBay employees forwarded confidential information about Craigslist's classified ads business to a team starting up eBay's own classified ads service,... More »

I Sold Panties on Craigslist

The buyers weren't bad, but some of the nonbuyers were slimy

(Newser) - An "impoverished journalist" not quite desperate enough to sell her body on Craigslist decided to try the next best thing—selling used panties. "Unlike sex for money, selling used underwear didn't feel inherently sleazy or immoral," Meghan Pleticha writes for Nerve. She drew the line at posing... More »

Craigslist 'Adult' Ads Cleaned Up, But No Less Erotic

(Newser) - Sure, the ads in Craigslist’s new “Adult Services” section are tamer than those that appeared in the old “Erotic Services” category, shuttered after the firestorm surrounding the “Craigslist killer” case. But read between the lines and the meaning is still the same, Chris Matyszczyk writes for... More »

Paper Runs 'Unfortunate' Obama-Assassination Ad

(Newser) - Federal authorities are on the case after a Pennsylvania paper ran a classified ad that appears to call for the assassination of President Obama, Editor & Publisher reports. “May Obama follow in the footsteps of Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley & Kennedy!” the ad read. Those presidents were assassinated in... More »

SC to Craigslist: Kill Sex Ads or We Prosecute

Site has not complied with deal to curtail escort outfits: AG

(Newser) - South Carolina's top prosecutor today called on Craigslist executives to take down ads related to prostitution and pornography or face prosecution. “It appears that the management of Craigslist has knowingly allowed the site to be used for illegal and unlawful activity,” wrote Henry McMaster, South Carolina’s AG,... More »

New England Killer Finds Victims on Craigslist

Police believe three hotel murders are related

(Newser) - Authorities believe a man suspected in attacks that left one woman dead and two others shaken in New England hotels found his victims through Craigslist, ABC News reports. Julissa Brisman, who advertised massage-therapy services on the site, was killed in a Boston Marriott on Tuesday; women offering similar services were... More »

'Sketchy' Plane Parts For Sale Online

Unauthorized vendors in China, US offer uncertified Boeing, Airbus hardware

(Newser) - Spare Boeing and Airbus parts of dubious origin have been found for sale on Internet sites such as Craiglist, BusinessWeek reports. The parts, including vital valves and gears, are being sold by at least 24 vendors—mainly in China and the US—without FAA approval or documentation that they've been... More »

Big-Box Wal-Mart Dipping Into Free Online Classifieds

Partnership with Oodle.com seen as challenge to Craigslist

(Newser) - Wal-Mart is testing a new service, cNet reports: free online classified ads. The big-box retailer launched the site last week, in partnership with start-up Oodle.com, and offers more than 40 million listings, featuring seven categories, in major US cities. More »

List Guy Craig Branches Out

While eponymous site battles eBay, Newmark turns to public service, Obama campaign

(Newser) - Everyone knows Craigslist, but Craig himself is getting a little restless. Craig Newmark is spending more time and money on outside projects, the New York Times reports, even with his company in a high-profile tiff with eBay. Newmark, 55, says he spends half his time on customer-service issues, the other... More »

Craigslist Feared eBay Takeover

It diluted auction giant's shares, triggering last week's lawsuit

(Newser) - Why did eBay sue Craigslist last week? Craiglist's fear of a hostile takeover played a role, the New York Times reports. The relationship between the classified ads site and minority shareholder eBay began to sour after eBay launched rival site Kijiji. Craigslist’s directors smelled a takeover in the offing... More »

EBay Sues Craigslist as 'Family' Kerfuffle Gets Nasty

Online culture clash heads for court

(Newser) - The uneasy relationship between Craigslist and eBay, its competitor-turned-minority shareholder, has taken a turn for the worse. EBay has filed a lawsuit against Craigslist, accusing the classified ad site of "unfairly" diluting the auction giant's stake in it by 10%, the New York Times reports. Craigslist has fired back,... More »

Roomie Site Can't Match by Gender, Sex Preference

Court sees violation of fair housing laws

(Newser) - Roommates.com is violating fair-housing laws by asking users their gender, sexual preference, and whether they have children, and using that information to match them,  a US Court of Appeals ruled yesterday. Judges said such questions would be illegal if a real estate agent asked them over the phone... More »

Newspaper Ad Profits Down Despite Increase in Online Ads

Editorial staff cuts loom, classifieds hardest hit

(Newser) - A 21% third-quarter increase in newspapers' online advertising revenues was not enough to offset a print ad spending decline that brought total ad spending down 7.4% to $10.9B. As major newspaper companies grapple with contracting print revenues and declining profits, Gannett's USA Today has announced 8.8% cuts... More »

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