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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 9, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 9, 2012

Happy Monday, everyone. We're all fully rested and recovered after a crazy mid-week holiday and ensuing weekend. But now that everyone's bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, let's get down to business - AT&T 4G LTE hits 74 US markets in newest expansion. Mobile broadband not your speed? Then how about this - Fujitsu announces stylistic Q702 and Lifebook T902 laptops. And, if you think you're getting old, check this out - Study reveals space travel may slow aging process.

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Massive video game collection nets $1.2 million on eBay

Massive video game collection nets $1.2 million on eBay

To most of us, having a ridiculously large video game collection that spans multiple console generations is merely a pipe dream. For one eBay user, not only did that dream became a reality, but it's now become a source of financial security, as a significant portion of his huge video game collection recently sold for more than $1.2 million on eBay.

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iPad prototype sells for $10,200

iPad prototype sells for $10,200

Remember that iPad prototype from yesterday? It popped up on eBay showing one of the original iPads that Apple developed with two 30-pin connector docks, one in landscape, and one in portrait mode. The listing attracted a fair bit of attention, but the auction is finally over. In the end, the winner of the auction got to take away a little piece of history for the low, low price of $10,200.

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iPad prototype appears on eBay with dual 30-pins

iPad prototype appears on eBay with dual 30-pins

Your one and only chance to own an official landscape-oriented iPad may be here, ladies and gentlemen, ad an eBay seller has one that they want to unload on you. The auction appeared in the last 24 hours with not one, but two 30-pin dock connectors, one in the normal position, the other on the long end of the tablet. This device seems to confirm the validity of the original dual-port iPad cases that popped up before the original iPad was released in 2010.

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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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PayPal’s mobile VP promoted to president

PayPal’s mobile VP promoted to president

If you needed another indication that mobile payments are PayPal's future, David Marcus is all the proof you need. Marcus was the top dog in the company's mobile division, and under his leadership a whole bevy of new mobile initiatives have launched. Now, he'll oversee the entire Ebay-owned online payment platform. Ebay announced the structural change today, and it means PayPal will continue to steam ahead in this still-nascent market.

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iPad trade-ins soar 10x as iPad 3 nears

iPad trade-ins soar 10x as iPad 3 nears

iPad trade-ins on auction site eBay have soared tenfold in Februaary, reaching fever-pitch since Apple all-but-confirmed it would be revealing a new, third-gen model next week, as existing owners attempt to shift their older slate. Use of the site's Instant Sale service - which offers a set cash fee for hardware - is up 10x on 2011 numbers, eBay confirmed to CNET, with 97.6-percent of the tablets being traded in being Apple's iPad.

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Home Depot PayPal payment pilot set for chainwide rollout

Home Depot PayPal payment pilot set for chainwide rollout

After an apparently massive success with its trial of accepting PayPal payments at the point of sale, Home Depot has decided to bring the revoutionary POS technology to nearly all of its 2,000 stores in the US. It's the first time in recent memory that a major retail chain has allowed a way to pay at the register that doesn't actually require customers to have a physical product (whether it's a credit card, a mobile phone, or a dollar bill).

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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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