September 24, 2004 |
EBay Inc. said it would not close Half.com next month as planned because the parent company could not get enough of the unit's users to transfer their business to the main auction site. Half.com, which gained attention four years ago by getting the town of Halfway, Ore., to adopt the company's name for a year, will remain open indefinitely, EBay said. EBay persuaded more than 1,000 of the top 5,000 sellers on Half.com to transfer sales to EBay.
January 24, 2007 |
A federal judge has thrown out an antitrust lawsuit filed by the distributor of Morpheus file-sharing software against Internet phone service provider Skype Technologies, EBay Inc. and other defendants. StreamCast Networks Inc. had sought more than $4.1 billion in unspecified damages and a court order blocking EBay from selling Skype services.
October 18, 2000 |
EBay Inc., the largest Internet auction company, is talking with U.S. television networks about creating a show promoting its Web site. The company hired the William Morris Agency to help develop ideas and has been in talks with several networks, including Walt Disney Co.'s ABC unit, EBay spokesman Kevin Pursglove said. The talks were reported earlier by Inside.com. EBay's Web site helps individuals trade everything from stamps to automobiles and real estate.
November 9, 2006 |
EBay Inc. signed an agreement with Baidu.com Inc. that allows China's biggest search engine to run advertising on EBay's Internet site in the Asian nation. Terms were not disclosed. The two companies will begin testing Baidu's search-based advertising on EBay's China site in the first quarter of 2007, San Jose-based EBay said. EBay's partnership with Baidu will enable the online retailer to tap a Chinese search market in which ad revenue may rise to $1.
June 14, 2006 |
EBay Inc. said it would add a "Skype Me" button to certain categories of listings, allowing prospective buyers to contact sellers directly through the Internet phone service it acquired last year. Those who click the on-screen button will be able to contact sellers by voice, text chat or both to request information about a specific item in real time, the online auction pioneer said at a convention in Las Vegas.
April 27, 2002 |
EBay Inc. Chief Executive and President Margaret Whitman got stock options worth as much as $47.8 million last year, as shares of the world's biggest Internet auction site more than doubled. Whitman was granted options to buy 750,000 EBay shares at $40.06, according to a proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. That came on top of a base salary of $241,256 and a bonus of $139,332 for the 45-year-old executive. The options would be worth as much as $47.
May 21, 2002 |
EBay Inc., the biggest Web auctioneer, created a category for new homes with real estate offered by homebuilders. The company agreed with Builder Homesite Inc., a group of 30 builders, to list and promote thousands of properties across the U.S., EBay said. Terms weren't disclosed. Builder Homesite was formed in 2000 and runs the NewHomeSource.com Web site and has agreements to share its listings with other Internet sites. About 9,000 listings of the 225,000 on NewHomeSource.
August 21, 2002 |
EBay Inc.'s $1.5-billion purchase of online payment service PayPal Inc. was cleared by antitrust regulators, eliminating a potential barrier to the transaction. The Justice Department ended its review without asking for more information, said EBay, the largest Internet auctioneer. On Nasdaq, shares of Mountain View, Calif.-based PayPal rose $2.10, or 10%, to $23.10 and EBay fell $1.45 to $60.41. PayPal's competitors include a smaller service operated by EBay.
March 20, 1999 |
EBay Inc. has been penetrated by a hacker who managed to take down the company's home page and gain extensive access to other content, Forbes Digital Tool reported. The report said the popular Internet auction site was hacked last Saturday by someone who continues to have access to the site and the ability to change auction prices, post fake ads, divert traffic to other sites or take down the entire network.