eBay to offload StumbleUpon

By on September 20, 2008 at 2:27 PM.

eBay to offload StumbleUpon

Having a little bit of buyer’s remorse there, eBay? According to TechCrunch, eBay may be looking to sell off StumbleUpon after acquiring the company a mere 18 months ago for $75 million. An anonymous source claims that eBay has hired Deutsche bank to help them find the right buyer. No asking price has been mentioned but eBay may take a loss as StumbleUpon’s popularity (based upon traffic data) has been steadily declining. It appears as if eBay may be streamlining and finally selling off some of these superfluous acquisitions that contributed little, if any, to their core auction and classified services. A little hint to the prospective buyer: if you really want to help boost StumbleUpon, get rid of that annoying toolbar and focus on delivering the content through your website instead.

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JetBlue Using eBay in Attempt to Boost Sluggish Sales

By on September 8, 2008 at 1:18 PM.

JetBlue Using eBay in Attempt to Boost Sluggish Sales

Now is most definitely not a good time to run a US (or any) airline. People are traveling less, the economy is basically in the toilet and fuel is incredibly expensive which means that everything else is more expensive. On top of everything else we just entered a historically slow time of the year in terms of air travel as summer draws to a close and kids return to school. We’re not sure how far this tactic will go, but JetBlue is trying to ease the pain a bit by auctioning off a handful of flights on eBay. This doesn’t mark the first time an airline has turned to eBay but in the past, official eBay ticket auctions have been used to raise money for charity. JetBlue apparently isn’t quite concerned with humanitarianism at the moment as the airline has listed over 300 round-trip packages including single tickets, two-ticket packages and even a few mystery auctions that include hotel stays. All auctions were listed last night with varying durations and with opening prices of between 5¢ and 10¢. The auctions are expected to close between 85% and 90% of retail value, which means that travelers will indeed get a nice discount. To those interested, all flights depart on a Thursday or Friday and return on a Sunday or Monday. Travel resulting from the auctioned tickets must be completed by October 6th.

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What do You do on the Mobile Web?

By on May 22, 2008 at 10:55 AM.

What do You do on the Mobile Web?

As more and more devices become equipped with capable web browsers, it becomes increasingly interesting to learn where mobile mobile web users are spending their time. Companies spend massive amounts of time and money mobilizing websites and ensuring that their content is accessible from any device. So who’s getting a solid return? According to a recent study conducted by M:Metrics, smartphone web browsers spend the majority of time each month browsing through the pages of cragslist.org. You dirty, dirty heathens. We’d like to think that the jobs, community and other such sections are well traveled but we know better. Of the 4 hours and 38 minutes smartphone users spend each month browsing the web on average, craigslist.org sees an average of 1 hour and 39 minutes. The second most popular mobile web destination is eBay.com with an average of 1 hour and 29 minutes. Basically, smartphone users like looking at old junk – in more ways than one. Behind the two leaders are popular social networks MySpace and Facebook with 1:25 and 1:24 respectively. What all this says to us: Smartphone owners use the mobile web to check out local transvestites, buy tattered old couches and hand-sewn tea cozies, and then tell all of their friends on MySpace and Facebook about it. Are we oversimplifying?

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