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Google considering NFC mobile payment system

Google may jump into the mobile payment arena with a service that would let you check out at brick-and-mortar stores by waving your phone at the register, according to a report from Businessweek. The service could launch in 2011, and it would use near-field communication (NFC) technology to let customers pay by waving their phones up to 4 inches away from a checkout station. Google chief Eric...

Essential iPhone apps: Guide to the best iOS gifts for the holidays

Santa's just hand-delivered you a brand-spanking new iPhone or iPod touch. You've ripped the wrapping paper off, charged it, and have been playing with it non-stop, but your home screen looks a bit bare. Well look no further: DLS has your back! We love all kinds of apps, but here are our essential, must-download apps for your new and shiny iDevice....

eBay Mobile 2.0 for iPhone adds RedLaser barcode scanning

The holiday season is almost upon us, so there's never been a better time to arm your pocket pal with price comparison tools, to prepare yourself for that moment when you must step forth into the cold night air, battle the hordes, and attempt to find presents for your nearest and dearest. In that vein, eBay has just let fly an update for its iPhone app, which now includes barcode scanning courtesy...

StoreSlider lets you quickly search through eBay

While eBay's built-in search is certainly handy, it's not very visual. StoreSlider provides a thumbnail-laden alternative. You select a category, enter a couple of keywords, choose a sorting order, and bam! tons of auctions pop up, each with a large, pretty image. You can also select the sorting order (Best match, Ending soonest, etc. – same options as on eBay), and filter by "Buy it Now"...

A gallery of high-res Windows Phone 7 app screenshots

While I wasn't one of the handful of Chosen Ones to attend the Windows Phone 7 launch in London yesterday, I have been lucky enough to get my hands on some lovely screenshots of WP7 apps. So far, most major websites have only run photos-of-handsets, complete with skewed angles and glaring reflections. With these images, you can see what the interface of some big-name apps really look like --...

eBay launches an app for Google Android

There are a handful of unofficial eBay applications for Google Android that allow you to track auctions, place bids, and complete purchases from your phone. But now there's an official app as well. eBay has launched its own utility for Google Android, and it provides most of the functionality you would want from a mobile eBay app. The home screen presents you with a search box for finding...

Delete Your Account helps you delete accounts from online services

Deleting your account from a social networking site can be as hard as canceling a gym membership or convincing a telemarketer that you're not interested in their product. Social networking sites and other online services don't want you to delete your account. There's value for them in being able to quote huge and growing user numbers, regardless of whether those users are happy to be there (though...

Twitter followers are worthless, or worth a lot less than you might think

How do you determine what something is worth? Generally speaking, the answer is that something is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it. This comes up when trying to evaluate the value of companies, but it can also come up when trying to evaluate the value of something that is conceptually new. For example, years ago companies popped up that created an economy around the hyperlink. Today...

eBay to sell Skype in a deal that values it at $2.75 billion

Online auction site eBay purchased internet telephony service Skype for about $4.1 billion in 2005. Today, the company has announced it will sell Skype for about $2 billion. eBay will keep a 35% stake in the company, which values Skype at about $2.75 billion. Sure, on paper that means that eBay is taking a loss, but honestly, it's still probably a good deal, because as far as anyone can tell,...

Will a lawsuit spell the end of Skype?

A disagreement about the licensing terms for a key part of Skype's VoIP software has brought a legal battle that's threatening to shut the online phone service down. Don't panic yet if you're one of Skype's nearly 500 million users, though. The trial between Skype's parent company, eBay, and the company that produced the technology, Joltid, is not set for trial until June 2010. Skype is working...

eBay to eliminate listing fees for casual sellers

You know, I can't remember the last time I wrote an article about eBay fees that wasn't about the company raising fees or angering users. But the latest announcement from the company is that eBay will eliminate listing fees for users that sell fewer than 5 items each month on the online auction site. You'll still have to pay a sales fee of 8.75% of the final sale price, with a ceiling of $20 (in...

eBay buys into South Korean auction market

Now that eBay is ridding itself of StumbleUpon and spinning off Skype into a standalone company, it can focus on what it does best: auctions and sales. Reuters reports that eBay has offered to buy South Korea's Gmarket for as much as $1.2 billion. Gmarket is the top e-commerce site in South Korea. Right now Yahoo! owns a 10 percent stake in the company, which it has offered to sell to eBay,...

eBay to spin off Skype with IPO in 2010

It looks like Skype will become its own company again next year. But eBay isn't looking to sell Skype back to founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, despite recent reports that they were hoping to buy the company again. Instead, eBay put out a press release today announcing that it would separate Skype from eBay and sell it through an IPO (initial public offering) in the first half of 2010....

eBay sells StumbleUpon back to... StumbleUpon

A few years ago eBay went on a buying spree and started snatching up companies ranging from Skype to StumbleUpon. While it made plenty of sense for eBay to acquire PayPal, a company that many eBay users were already using to facilitate financial transactions, Skype and StumbleUpon seemed like odd fits. Sure, you could try to figure out a way to use a social web site discovery tool to promote...

Skype creators looking to buy it back from eBay

A few years back online auction site eBay purchased Skype for about $3 billion. But the two companies have always seemed like an awkward fit. After all, while in theory it might make sense to integrate Skype's VoIP and chat technology into eBay's site to help facilitate auctions, the truth is that email works just fine for working out the kinks in most transactions. And eBay has never really...