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eBay quarterly earnings see PayPal exploding

eBay quarterly earnings see PayPal exploding

There's no denying that eBay has been a force to be reckoned with in the online auction space here on the web for quite a few years - and today's earnings report supports that claim with a fury. That fury, on the other hand, is really based quite a bit on the power of PayPal, the online payment system acquired by eBay when it was clear that they were made for one another. As eBay grows, so too does PayPal - but the overall growth of the two looks just a bit sheepish compared to the growth of just PayPal alone.

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Researchers devising method for destroying “VIP Deals” incentives for ratings online

Researchers devising method for destroying “VIP Deals” incentives for ratings online

Today there's a story floating around about an online dealer of products in auction websites known as "VIP Deals" which has been knocked out of business after its owner was found to be giving products away in exchange for good product reviews. While this might seem like a fair deal to those who come into said auction and multi-item sales just for the one item and out, the rules behind such sites expressly forbid such an action. Because this sort of situation leads to scams in which great ratings are trusted when they're not precisely true, researchers like Bing Liu [seated at his desk in the image below] are on the case to stop the problem before it advances further.

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2013 Shelby GT500 racetrack durability car sells for $350k

2013 Shelby GT500 racetrack durability car sells for $350k

When it comes to Ford Mustangs, Carol Shelby is closely tied to the muscle car. Shelby has been hopping up the already fast and powerful Mustang line since the 60s to provide even more power. Shelby was also a racing driver who was very successful with his own car, the Cobra in the 60s as well. When it came time to build up the new 650hp 2013 GT500 Shelby and Ford needed a test mule for the racetrack.

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Apple founding docs sell for over $1.5M

Apple founding docs sell for over $1.5M

Back in late November we mentioned that the founding documents for Apple were going to hit the auction block. These are the documents that started the tech company back in 1976. The documents have the signature of Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne on them. When the auction was first reported the thought was that the documents might bring somewhere in the range of $150,000.

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Utterly Odd Assortment of Star Wars Props Offered Up for Auction

Utterly Odd Assortment of Star Wars Props Offered Up for Auction

Now, Star Wars items are bought and sold every day. When you've got a movie series whose whole existence is basically one giant advertisement for action figures, there's going to be lots of buying and selling going on. What's up on the block today? Some real rarities. Some real oddities, too, including a fantastically weird stash of items from Industrial Light and Magic's Phil Tippet (master puppeteer, all around cool dude.) The items up for auction are put up by Profiles in History, posted in this year's Hollywood Auction 43.

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Original Apple-1 Computer Sells for $210,000 USD in London

Original Apple-1 Computer Sells for $210,000 USD in London

Today at Christie's auction house in the center of London, that Original Apple-1 (or Apple I) we mentioned 10 days ago sold for just a little under what it was expected to bring in, selling for a total of 133,250 pounds (about $210,000.) It came with a signed sales letter from Steve Jobs (you know who he is) and the original packaging. Christies mentioned in the sale that this computer, when introduced in 1976, was the only "personal computer" sold with a fully assembled motherboard, meaning the user would only have to purchase a keyboard, power supply, and display separately. Kinda like the beginning, ya know? The Apple I originally sold for $666.66 and was sold for about one year.

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Viacom is No Longer a Rock Band Company

Viacom is No Longer a Rock Band Company

I should have title this post "Viacom hates to have fun, and also music" - but no, they did play a big part in the rock and roll video game wars of the past few years. I give them a hearty handshake for that. The entertainment company (Viacom Inc) is getting ready now to unload the entire Rock Band line of games via its Harmonix videogame division. This is due, of course, to recent falling profits, that being 59 percent during the last quarter in which is due in a large part to $250 million in write-downs relating to the Harmonix branch of their videogame division. Bummer!

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