An auction listing has appeared on eBay with the seller offering what they claim is a prototype model of Apple's iPhone 6. A handful of pictures are included showing the device running Apple's own diagnostic mode and test apps, and it's notably missing any FCC markings or other text on the back, other than the "iPhone" logo.
Although rumored to still take place next year, eBay has now made the expected announcement. The online retailer will be spinning off PayPal into its own independent company. This is being poised as a strategy to keep the two brands separate and more lucrative in 2015, when its board predict that the association between the two would start to become a liability rather than a benefit.
Scam listings on eBay have been spotted in recent times, redirecting users to a phishing website in an attempt to get their login credentials. A user would click on a link, only to be taken to a website that looked identical to eBay -- unfortunately, more than one listing was discovered.
PayPal is a strong player in the world of mobile payment solutions, and leans heavily on eBay for leverage in that realm. That’s because eBay owns PayPal, and uses them as an in-house payment processor. A new report suggests that the online marketplace may be looking to spin PayPal off as its own unit, likely making it more nimble in the process.
It seems that cryptocurrency will really be here to stay, especially if retail giants start taking it seriously. According to insider sources, eBay is in talks with various Bitcoin exchanges, seeking to integrate this new kind of currency into its existing Braintree payment system, opening the doors to paying for popular services like Uber using intangible money.
Over the past 24 hours, eBay USA was offline - and several of eBay’s international entry points have been down for the count. At the time this article is being written - right around 1:30PM CST - it would appear that eBay, or at least eBay’s USA-based shops, have returned to service. Also at this time, believe it or not, eBay has made no official comment on the situation whatsoever.
Believe it or not, eBay appears to be down in the United States. Downtime began at approximately 8 minutes after 10PM Central Time and continue through the publication time of this article. At this time it would appear that eBay remains active through servers around the world outside of the United States, suggesting that the downtime is centered on eBay’s USA-based servers.
Apple just might have a new store — online. The high-end hardware retailer seems to have turned to eBay in an effort to relieve themselves of factory refurbished gear. Ahead of the iPhone 6 launch — and in the dregs of Summer — sales have been slumping. Now we can all get our hands on an Apple-approved handset for less than normal.
Thought BlackBerry was gone? Thought physical QWERTY keyboards have gone the way of the Dodo? Perhaps many thought so too, but BlackBerry clearly doesn't think so, and apparently neither does someone on eBay. A used BlackBerry Kopi, flaunting its glorious hardware keys, is up for bidding on eBay, which is, of course, suspicious considering the device has never been announced.
Millions of eBay users have already changed their passwords after the auction site was hacked, eBay has confirmed, updating its homepage to finally make clear to visitors that their information could have been stolen. The security breach - which eBay revealed earlier this week, several months after it's believed to have actually taken place - saw everything but payment details taken by hackers.
The eBay hack has brought the online auction site under international investigation, with the company's handling of personal data being questioned by regulators in the US and abroad. eBay announced earlier this week that its database of user details - including names, addresses, email and phone numbers, and date of birth - had been hacked into and records stolen. Now, investigators are looking at whether eBay mishandled those records.