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May 12th, 2008

eBay Traffic Trending Downward

But what does it really mean? Will eBay’s future success or failure be measured in pageviews?
Ina Steiner has attempted some analysis at Auctionbytes;
“I was curious if the numbers might hint at any boycott effect. Looking at the numbers month-to-month, it shows a 13.21 percent drop in page views from January 2008 to February, and a […]

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May 5th, 2008

Sure - Trust A Telco - Go Ahead…

They are so incredibly brazen they throw the FCC’s rules back in their face upside down!
Despite the rules governing the 700 Mhz auction, Verizon has arrogantly decided that they are somehow not required to participate. Well, hell, that’s exactly what one ought to expect when there is a lawless administration, but that’s another story…
Google Accuses […]

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May 3rd, 2008

eBuy.com - It’s a Fact [eBay Buy.com Partnership]

And I’m sure it confirms what many sellers were thinking…
eBay partners with Buy.com
“eBay has entered into a partnership with Buy.com that will see them move all of Buy.com’s new and in-season inventory onto their eBay store in the coming weeks. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed publicly but the messages I’m hearing echo […]

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May 1st, 2008

eBay and Craigslist - Open To Your Imagination

We all know that eBay has ended the digital download, except that you can sell your digitally downloaded items in their classifieds… for $9.99/month.
Check these out and then use your imagination (all quotes from the article);
EBay makes public its complaint against Craigslist

“Craigslist considers eBay’s new site Kijiji a competitive activity that nullifies some shareholder rights […]

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April 24th, 2008

Might Makes Right - Amazon/Booksurge/Nation

Therein lies the overriding, lawless attitude and it has sadly pervaded our society because the powers that be are in full accord. What is a writer or home worker to do? We’ll figure it out! There is an answer, somewhere. In the mean time…
Reminded by “Author” at Deborah Woehr’s post, that Might Makes Right is […]

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April 22nd, 2008

Wonderfully Stunning News!

No, I’m really not that serious - read the title and think “sarcasm.”

Kindle: Amazon’s New Wireless Reading Device Is Back On The Shelves!
Wow, I wrote this back in December and it seems like I lost track of Kindle’s existence because I’d check to see if it was in stock early on and it never was […]

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April 18th, 2008

The Flood Begins With The First Raindrop

Yeah, how profound eh? :)
eBay fury fires competition
“As the controversy surrounding eBay’s decision to compel sellers to use its PayPal service builds, a group of ex-power sellers have banded together and left eBay to launch their own auction site.”
A group is much more than a drop. They’re calling the new auction site “bang4bucks” and though […]

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April 12th, 2008

I Enjoy Positive Thinkers - Do You?

Perhaps that title might be a bit misleading - or - not - this pertains specifically to the Amazon/Booksurge chaos but can be applied throughout all of life…
Angela Hoy has published comments in response to her follow-up article about the Amazon “policy” changes. (Has anyone noticed all these policy changes by the hot shots large, […]

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April 11th, 2008

eBay’s Digital Download Ban [The Competition Grows]

In the natural course of human events…
You anger your customers long enough and loud enough and they will rebel! Competition that you never heard of will also spring up out of nowhere. No one is immune to the forces of folks who want a different way to live and are willing to go to whatever […]

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April 9th, 2008

700MHz Spectrum Auction Chatter [Post-Bidding]

Bidders in latest FCC auction start talking
“The gag order that silenced those participating in the FCC’s auction that ended last month was lifted late Thursday (4/03). Now companies are free to discuss their plans and strategies for bidding in the auction.”
Yet its beginning to appear that part of the plans and strategies are to circumvent […]

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April 4th, 2008

Google Improved Part of Your Future

Simply mho, but didn’t we really know this all along…
Google: Spectrum bid goal was openness, not winning
Google says it participated in the recent wireless spectrum auction not with the goal to win, but to help drive bidding high enough to ensure that open-access rules it had pushed for would be adopted.
“Google’s top priority heading into […]

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March 28th, 2008

eBay - Digital Downloadable Goods in Classified Ads Format Only

Digital Downloadable Goods in Classified Ads Format Only
Brian Burke, Director Global Feedback Policy, says;
Hello…This is Brian Burke, Director Global Feedback Policy. Digital goods are often reproduced at little to no cost to the seller. On eBay, this creates the potential for Feedback Manipulation (both real and perceived). To preserve the integrity of the Feedback system, […]

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March 28th, 2008

Deal Breaker? Amazon - BookSurge - POD - No Choice?

Duncan says: “Amazon has announced that it will only sell print-on-demand books printed by its own print-on-demand service BookSurge.”
I didn’t see his source for the announcement so I did a little digging…
Jumped over to Crunchbase and found a link to Techmeme then another link to paidContent and finally found reference there to WritersWeekly. I might […]

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March 27th, 2008

One Small Step For Mankind

No, we’re not landing on the moon…
Comcast and BitTorrent are trying to work together to improve P2P. The gist of it begins at The WSJ then PaidContent offers an update.
From The WSJ;
“The companies are in talks to collaborate on ways to run BitTorrent’s technology more smoothly on Comcast’s broadband network, and allow Comcast to transport […]

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March 20th, 2008

Google Gadgets Ratchets Up Apps Competition With Microsoft

Google’s are free - MS’s aren’t, and that ought to say a lot :)
Thank you to Elinor Mills at the News Blog;
Gadgets comes to Google Docs
Google on Wednesday unveiled Gadgets for Spreadsheets in Google Docs, allowing people to create graphical representations of data in spreadsheets and publish them on Web sites.

[Google Docs lets you turn […]

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