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PayPal Is Spinning Off From eBay

Mobile payment service is fastest-growing segment of company

(Newser) - eBay is splitting off its fastest-growing segment, PayPal, the e-commerce company said today. Investors applauded the news, sending eBay's shares up nearly 7% in morning trading. The move comes after months of pressure from activist investor and billionaire Carl Icahn. eBay CEO John Donahoe had been adamant that splitting... More »

Hackers Hit 1K StubHub Accounts, Bought Tickets

Online ticket reseller says it gave out refunds, arrests coming

(Newser) - Last year, StubHub officials noticed a slew of unauthorized transactions, quietly refunded affected customers, and brought in law-enforcement officials. Authorities are today expected to make arrests involving a huge cyberfraud ring in which thieves hacked into more than 1,000 StubHub accounts, reports the AP . The StubHub site itself wasn’... More »

Not a False Alarm: eBay Hacked

Site will ask users to change their password later today

(Newser) - It's not a false alarm after all: eBay really has been hacked, the company confirmed this morning following a confusing rescinded announcement. At about 1:30am, eBay's PayPal unit posted a message headlined "eBay Inc. to Ask All eBay Users to Change Passwords," Reuters reports, but... More »

Icahn: eBay Brass Should Resign Out of 'Pure Decency'

Investor accuses board of improprieties

(Newser) - EBay's board is so rife with conflicts of interest that Carl Icahn penned a scathing open letter today, escalating his campaign to force the online auctioneer to spin off PayPal. Icahn bought a 2% stake in eBay last month, and had been preparing to fight for two board seats,... More »

It's Come to This: Man Rents Out Phone With Flappy Bird

Pay $1 a minute to play

(Newser) - The sudden disappearance of Flappy Bird has led to a truly strange gray market. Ads have been springing up on eBay and Craigslist for iPhones and iPads pre-loaded with the game, with ridiculously high asking prices attached. One auction climbed to more than $250,000, with 76 bids, according to... More »

5 Crazy Film Props You Can Buy on eBay

If you need a cage for your velociraptor, we've got you covered

(Newser) - Looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for the movie buff in your life? The Week comes to the rescue with a list of pretty insane movie props actually for sale on eBay:
  • The velociraptor cage from the opening scene of Jurassic Park, complete with a full-size raptor model.
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Cops: Burglar Sold Stolen Brains on eBay

He allegedly broke into medical history museum many times

(Newser) - Lots of brains were stolen in Indianapolis, but no zombies involved: Police say a 21-year-old man broke into the city's Medical History Museum multiple times to steal the preserved brains of mental patients, which he sold on eBay. The brain burglar was arrested following a sting operation set up... More »

On eBay for $100K: George Zimmerman Painting

Price of flag painting skyrockets within hours

(Newser) - Is George Zimmerman finally going to be able to pay his lawyers ? The Florida man has decided to try his hand at painting and the bidding price for a Zimmerman painting of an American flag listed on eBay quickly soared from $50 to just short of $100,000 with... More »

We Spent More Online Yesterday Than Ever Before

Online sales jumped 21% this Cyber Monday compared to last year

(Newser) - Black Friday may have been a bit of a retail disappointment , but Cyber Monday certainly wasn't. Online sales were up 21% compared to last year, according to IBM figures as reported by the Wall Street Journal . (No media outlets seem to be reporting a final figure, but Cyber Monday... More »

Catcher In the Rye 'Prequel' Leaks Online

Along with two other unpublished JD Salinger works

(Newser) - Three unpublished stories by JD Salinger have leaked online—including The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls, a sort-of prequel to Catcher in the Rye often cited as the author's greatest unpublished work. PDF scans showed up on a members-only torrent site yesterday, and quickly made their way to Reddit... More »

Got $10K? Bid on Palin's Mayoral SUV

It's up for auction on eBay

(Newser) - Sarah Palin's Alaska hometown is auctioning an SUV she drove when she was mayor, years before she skyrocketed to fame. The small town of Wasilla listed the 1999 Ford Expedition with 74,188 miles on eBay Monday with a minimum bid of $10,000. The listing's photo shows... More »

Now on eBay: Entire Record Store, $482K

On the Beat Records opened in 1979

(Newser) - With the holidays coming, here's a gift for the music fan who has everything: How about an entire record store? On the Beat Records, in London, is going for some $482,000 on eBay. It's "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live the High Fidelity life!" the posting... More »

eBay Scammers Made $3M in Fake Car Sales: FBI

Romanian ringleader now being sought

(Newser) - The FBI has a new wanted man—a 33-year-old Romanian accused of leading a ring of scammers who made $3 million selling non-existent vehicles on sites such as eBay and Cars.com, reports CNN . Nicolae Popescu allegedly found plenty of victims between 2011 and 2012. Authorities say he and his... More »

Teen Buys WikiLeaks Server for $33K—of Dad's Money

Needless to say, his dad called that off pretty quickly

(Newser) - Hoping to raise money for charity, Swedish ISP Bahnhof decided to put the now-wiped server that hosted WikiLeaks—and secret Iraq War documents—in 2010 and 2011 up for sale on eBay . Yesterday's winning bid on the Dell Poweredge R410, "complete with hard drives, motherboard and everything,"... More »

Sherlock Holmes Will Solve Your Murder ... for $7.8K

That's the minimum charity bid to be included in upcoming novel

(Newser) - It would be the ultimate honor for an avid Sherlock Holmes fan: having the man himself catch your murderer. Such is the opportunity being offered by author Anthony Horowitz, who is writing his second Sherlock Holmes novel with the blessing of the Conan Doyle estate, reports the Telegraph . He's... More »

For Sale: 'Used' Morgue Fridge

New York state has a chilling eBay listing

(Newser) - That special someone who has everything most definitely does not have this: New York's Office of Mental Health is hawking a "used" but "fully operational" morgue refrigerator, and the New York Post highlights the rather grisly listing it has posted on eBay . It's a Norlake Scientific... More »

Internet Sales Tax? It's About Time

So says Daniel Gross at Daily Beast, though eBay begs to differ

(Newser) - A bill to impose a sales tax on Internet shoppers is moving through Congress, and Daniel Gross at the Daily Beast says it's long overdue. Online retail has become such a huge part of how Americans shop that it no longer deserves any special treatment, he argues. Plus, state... More »

Google Glass Appears on eBay for $16K

Post apparently taken down

(Newser) - Google Glass has already arrived on eBay—or so a seller claims. The project hasn't yet arrived on the proverbial shelves, but a Cleveland seller says that, after being selected by Google , he or she will get a pair at a New York event this week. When they finally... More »

Want Some Twinkies? That'll Be $1K

Opportunists attempt to price-gouge Hostess snacks

(Newser) - News of Hostess going out of business led to a run on Twinkies and other iconic products from the bakery, which has in turn led to the snack cakes being listed for thousands of dollars on eBay and Craigslist, the AP reports. One unemployed man spent hours collecting 16 boxes... More »

eBay Redesign Borrows From Pinterest

Shoppers will have an image-heavy 'feed'

(Newser) - EBay has redesigned its website to encourage visitors to browse and collect items they might want to buy later with something it calls the "feed." The feature, reminiscent of popular sites like image-heavy Pinterest, shows users items based on things they purchased in the past or items they'... More »

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