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eBay

According to TechCrunch, eBay is looking to unload Stumbleupon, the "crowd-sourcing" Web recommendation engine that the online retailer bought last year for $75-million. Mike Arrington says that reputable sources have told him the company is for sale. I can't say I'm all that surprised. Not because Stumbleupon isn't an attractive asset (although whether it was…

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Catherine Holahan has a piece in Business Week about eBay and the decline of the company's traditional auction business -- or rather, the increasing growth of its non-auction "Buy It Now" business, which she says currently generates almost half of the company's revenue. Nick Carr (always eager to pronounce something dead) asks whether eBay was…

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A week or so ago, eBay filed a lawsuit against Craigslist, alleging that the controlling shareholders of the classified site -- namely, founder Craig Newmark and CEO Jim Buckmaster -- had taken certain steps to dilute the auction provider's minority stake in the company, and thereby had breached their fiduciary duty and injured eBay as…

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Lest anyone think that it is totally clueless when it comes to the whole social-networking thing, eBay has launched eBay Neighbourhoods, a kind of mashup of MySpace and Digg-style features that has been grafted onto the shopping site. Not surprisingly, perhaps, these social features are all mixed up with the main focus of the site…

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Well, now it's official: Skype turns out not to be worth the $4.1-billion that eBay seemed to think it was back in 2005. As Henry Blodget notes at Silicon Alley Insider, the $1.4-billion writedown that the online auction company just announced effectively recognizes what everyone else has known for some time: Skype may or may…