Google Glass Enterprise Edition Headset Found on eBay

Ever since being removed from sale last year, Google has slowly but surely been removing all reference to the device. Now, an unusual version of the headset has been found on eBay, which appears to be the long-rumoured enterprise-focused edition of the AR headset. The headset in question is in the ownership of a pawn shop in San Francisco, who are selling on the device through their eBay store when it was spotted by Cavin Kabe and posted on Google+.

The eBay listing for the headset includes a number of pictures, which show how it differs from the regular “Explorer” edition of the device that had been on public sale. It features hinges that allow it to be folded like a regular pair of glasses as well as changes to the charging port, which appears to be a proprietary connector with more in common with Apple’s MagSafe chargers than micro-USB. Additionally, this headset appears to match one found in an FCC filing last year for the Enterprise Edition of Google Glass, which would also mean that it may sport that device’s larger display, camera LED, and more efficient hardware, although images cannot support this.

Where this version of the Glass came from and how it came to be in the ownership of a pawnbroker remains unknown, with A to Z Pawnbrokers having multiple outlets in the San Francisco area and supplying no details about which store had received it. Whether this could be a blunder that reveals a new version of the Google Glass that is planned for a future release is unknown, and we can only hope that someone willing to examine the device ends up making the purchase which currently stands at $2,550.00, closing in on double the price of the original Explorer edition Glass.

eBay Vulnerability Exposes Users to Data Theft and Phishing Attacks

The eBay site is used by millions of people and as a result, has a level of trust with its users buying and selling countless items each day. Imagine then, how lucrative a target this massive user base could be for an attacker. Check Point’s security researchers have found just such a vulnerability in eBay that allows malicious users to bypass the code validation that is in-place and remotely control the vulnerable code to execute malicious Javascript code on the browsers of targetted users.

Check Point warn that leaving the flaw unpatched will expose the online marketplace’s huge userbase to the risk of data theft and phishing attacks while eBay believes that the actual risk of a malicious attack is very low. eBay was made aware of the vulnerability on December 15th, but they are yet to issue a complete patch for the weakness, instead claiming to have implemented additional security filters based on the report to reduce the risk.

eBay told Security Week “eBay is committed to providing a safe and secure marketplace for our millions of customers around the world. We take reported security issues very seriously, and work quickly to evaluate them within the context of our entire security infrastructure. We have not found any fraudulent activity stemming from this incident.”

One of the ways that an attacker could target eBay users is by first sending them to a legitimate page which contains the malicious code. By setting up an eBay store and adding malicious code to the description section of items, users can be tricked by attackers into visiting pages containing harmful code. This code could do a number of things once opened, from phishing for data or even downloading binaries to the computer or device. eBay report that as few as two in a million items listed on their site use active content, making the chance of being targeted by malicious content is low. Despite this, Check Point stated that they have demonstrated a proof-of-concept for the attack to the eBay security team, with them able to bypass restrictions and deploy malicious code to their seller page without any difficulty.

The finding was made public by Check Point public on Tuesday, hoping that it may push the e-commerce site to patch the vulnerability quickly. This is a good example of how even the sites that seem the most trustworthy can hide potential danger. Until a patch is released, taking care when using eBay may just be the best bet.

“YAZI” Venator Class Star Destroyer Gaming Desktop Removed From eBay

Sander Van der Velden’s incredible reproduction of a Star destroyer is mind-blowing and one of the best case mods I’ve seen! The attention-to-detail throughout is hard to believe and constructed from aluminium pieces via 3D printing techniques. It’s certainly worth checking out the build log on here which provides a great insight into the techniques used to attain such a marvellous finish. After being showcased in the MSI suite, the creator listing the PC at a starting price of $2600.

However, the listing has now ended and is no longer available. This is because the item has been purchased by MSI as a showpiece for events.

In terms of its specifications, the device sports an MSI 780Ti lightning, MSI B150M motherboard, Intel Core i5-6600K, Avexir 16GB DDR4 memory, OCZ Vector 960Gb SSD, Thermaltake 1200 watt power supply and Thermaltake water cooling apparatus.

What would you pay to own this particular mod project?

UK Customers Can Now Get 20% Off Any eBay Item From 4PM Today

As Christmas season approaches, it’s vital to find the best deals on technology, video games and other essential presents before the chaotic rush begins. Shopping online around the holiday period is usually stress-free and allows you to purchase items at a significant discount. For one day only, eBay is launching a promotion for UK buyers and offering 20% off any item over £20. However, on more expensive items, the highest discount offered is £50. This is still an excellent promotion though as eBay has a wide range of products from leading companies.

To access the promotional code, all you have to do is ‘Like’ eBay’s Facebook page, then apply the discount during checkout. Please note, purchases apply to any item via bidding or Buy-It-Now listings and you have to pay using PayPal. If you’re not overly fond of Facebook, then the code should be displayed on this thread. In terms of technology, the discount allows you to purchase CPU coolers, RAM and GPUs at a price which could be below the retailer cost value. Remember that eBay is taking the loss on 20% and not the retailer. In theory, the deal means it’s relatively easy to pick up an Xbox One around the £200 mark, or high-end items like the Swiftech H220-X for approximately £130.

Whatever your specific needs are, this promotion could be the best chance to pick up technology at rock-bottom prices. As always, check the user’s feedback and I would recommend you purchase items from leading sellers like Scan, ShopTo and others!

eBay Seller Faces $19K Legal Bill After Suing Buyer Who Left Negative Feedback

Ohio-based company, Med Express, is facing a hefty legal bill amounting to $19,250, after attempting to sue an eBay customer for leaving negative feedback. Amy Nicholls purchased a microscope light via eBay for $175, and was charged an additional $12 shipping fee. Unfortunately, she was forced to pay an extra $1.44 in postage costs and became quite dissatisfied with the company’s lack of customer service. Subsequently, she voiced her concerns and left negative feedback regarding the transaction. Unbelievably, Med Express suddenly acted in an audacious manner and claimed that they offered a $1.44 partial refund before demanding the feedback to be withdrawn.

Med Express massively misjudged the situation and Amy refused to alter her original feedback rating. Med Express’ founder, Richard Radey, decided to file a lawsuit thinking Amy would be scared into removing the feedback in an act of complete arrogance. Thankfully, Amy is a strong-willed individual and acquired the help of Paul Levy, an infamous lawyer who campaigns against big-business bullying tactics.

After this information was disclosed to Richard Radey, he suddenly had a change of heart and dropped the case. However, he had a notorious reputation and was involved in a number of similar lawsuits. Levy described Radey’s apology to Ars Technica in 2013 and said:

 “Problem is, I don’t believe a word of what he says,”

Given the chain of events, Levy sought to recoup the legal costs of two lawyers representing Amy Nicholls and another undisclosed individual. After a long dispute, a Medina County, Ohio judge ruled that Med Express and Radey must pay $19,250 to Tom Haren and Jeffrey Nye who were the laywers in question.

This is a fantastic day for consumer rights and most-of-all justice. Med Express underestimated Amy Nicholls’ tenacity and learn’t a very expensive lesson about consumer freedom. Far too many companies take their customers for granted and behave in a disgraceful way. Finally, one of these companies employing bullying tactics has got their comeuppance. If you ever feel the need to leave negative feedback for an unsatisfactory service, do so!

What is the worst experience you’ve had on eBay?

Thank You Ars Technica for providing us with this information.

eBay Shuts Down Their 1-Day Delivery Service

Ebay has been running their eBay Now service since 2012 in selected cities, but not anymore. They are now closing the service and throwing they keys away. It originally started in San Francisco in 2012 and expanded to other regions later on and it was meant as a competition to Amazon’s one-day delivery option.

The eBay Now service was “always intended” as a pilot program according to eBay’s statement and it ran quite long when we consider that. The service showed “encouraging results”, but the marketplace giant will now explore different programs for express delivery instead. They can’t completely abandon something like that for their 25 million sellers and the new methods in work are also said to cover a wider variety of inventory. Ebay will continue to offer in-store pickups in stores such as Best Buy which has proven to be a liked feature. They just can’t compete with Amazon’s Prime offerings in the regard of shipping.

“We’ve found that the types of things that people buy on eBay aren’t necessarily those that are in high demand for same-day delivery, and that same-day options for the most part exclude core eBay sellers who don’t have offline locations,” explained an eBay spokesperson

I for one won’t miss this feature, mainly because it didn’t apply to my geographic location. Even if it did, it wouldn’t bother me as the things I buy on eBay aren’t high-priority and it doesn’t matter if it takes 2 or 3 days to arrive and it looks like I’m not the only one.

Thank you TechCrunch for providing us with this information

First R9 390X Appears on eBay

Almost every time someone manages to get their hands on a piece of tech early, they try and sell it on eBay. User MoNkEyHuGgEr369 from Youtube seems to be no exception and has posted his AMD XFX R9 390X for sale on eBay already. From his unboxing video on Youtube, the card appears to be legit but don’t take our word on it.

With bidding starting at $550 USD, that’s about a $100 markup over the purchase price of $450 though sales tax might eat up half of that. So far there are no bids yet but there’s still almost 3 days left. Those who can’t wait can shell out $715 to grab the first on market R9 390X. With heavy import fees as well, the price balloons for anyone outside the US.

Even with International Priority shipping at $47, the card won’t be reaching anywhere outside the United States till about June 20th. That means you’ll be getting the card about 4 days after the official launch meaning you might actually get your card first if you wait till June 16th. Of course, the bragging rights to claiming the first ever R9 390X available to the public may be well worth the money and time to some.

Thank you reader Craig Ferrie for the tip!

PS4 With Silent Hills P.T. Installed on EBay and Its Not Cheap!

Following the news that Konami is pulling the Silent Hills demo, P.T., from the PlayStation Store today (29th April), is seems that some canny/cynical gamers are using the opportunity to earn some dough, with a couple of listings turning up on eBay offering a PlayStation 4 console with P.T. installed, with ‘Buy it now’ prices of £1,000.

P.T. may well be the last remaining relic of the eagerly awaited Silent Hill reboot, Silent Hills, which was to be co-helmed by Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro and video game auteur Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear Solid franchise, and was due to star The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus. After Kojima’s mysterious feud with Konami, the game was thought to be under threat since, while the Silent Hill intellectual property is owned by Konami, the game’s Fox engine belongs to Kojima. Sadly, the game’s termination was confirmed by both Del Toro and Reedus over the weekend.

The well-received P.T. – despite being a demo, it garnered over a million downloads – now stands as an artefact of a potential classic, an idea that the two eBay sellers seem to be banking on. The two listings can be found here: 1 and 2.

During the writing of this article, a third PS4 with P.T. popped up on eBay, this time a regular auction, starting at £650.

Thank you VG24/7 for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Silent Hill France.

Bag of ‘Kanye’ Tour Air Sells for $60k on eBay

Ahhh eBay, that wondrous place where you can sell your unwanted possessions and make money. Well yesterday saw the auction end for a bag of air taken from a Kanye West show. Was about time all his hot air was used for something useful.

The budding entrepreneur ‘Stangeedon1’ was the first major lister of this baggie of air, now at least a dozen more have followed suit, hoping to cash in on the internets stupidity.

Where there’s Kanye, Kim isn’t far behind, promoting her husband’s ability to market nothing.

Now this isn’t the first time the internet has gone bonkers over something celebrity related; remember that apple that Britney Spears took a bite out of all those years ago? Yeah me neither. I wonder how long before cans of the stuff turn up?

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information.

25-Year-Old Commodore 65 Computer Sells for $23,000 on eBay

No, that headline is not a typo: though anyone alive during the Eighties will be familiar with popular home computer the Commodore 64, its lesser-known younger cousin the Commodore 65 was released in 1990 as a bridge between the 8-bit C64 and Commodore’s 16-bit machine, the Amiga.

Though the C65 (or Commodore 64DX, as it was also known) was also 8-bit, and backwards-compatible with the C64, it offered similar functionality to the more advanced Amiga, with upgradeable RAM and a 3.5-inch integrated floppy disk drive.

Only between 50 and 200 C65s still exist – the project was cancelled not long after it went into production – so when this particular model popped up on eBay, there was a fervent rush of bids, finally culminating in a $23,000 sale.

Source: Gizmodo

$45,000 For a Copy of Uncharted 2!?

Nothing says crazy like paying $45,000 for a copy of a computer game. I’m a big fan of the Uncharted series and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is certainly a welcome addition to my collection, but someone seems to think it’s a little bit (see: a lot) more special than that.

For a bargain price of $45,000 you can pick up Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, graded by the Video Game Authority with a score of just 90+ for its condition – this is what you would refer to as “very good” on eBay, as the case has a few hairline fractures.

Of course, this isn’t the stock version of the game, it’s the Fortune Hunter Edition. Is that worth this crazy amount of money? Not really, but that doesn’t mean someone won’t buy it.

“Not for sale in stores and available only through special Sony Computer Entertainment contests for PlayStation fans, this exclusive edition of Uncharted 2 comes packed (along with the game) an exact in-game replica of the Phurba Dagger Artifact and stand, a Collectible Art Book, a Collector case autographed by Naughty Dog, plus a host of downloads.” Reads the eBay listing.

Check out the eBay listing here, or for those with lighter wallets, pop down to your local game store and pick a copy of the game up for about $10.

Nintendo’s Next Wave of amiibos to be Sold Only Through eBay

The market for amiibos – Nintnedo’s series of character toys that offer perks when connected to selected games – has become rather lucrative for secondary sales, with the more rare figures being sold on for up to $100. In an effort to suppress this grey market Nintendo has agreed an exclusive partnership with eBay store xXxNoScopexXx to sell the next wave of amiibo figurines.

The deal is designed to stop inflated mark-ups on the resale market by making distribution cheaper and more efficient. Sources close to the deal suggest that this is part of Nintendo’s broader strategy to embrace new market trends.

Source: Destructoid

Fake Apple Watch ‘Prototype’ Sells for $260

It seems that the Apple Watch is being ripped off long before you can buy the real thing – first we saw those fake watches being sold at CES and now this, the story of a supposed ‘prototype’ on eBay that actually sold to a gullible buyer for $260.

Just looking at the pictures, most people would tell straight away that this was not the real deal. The image on the screen looks like a sticker and the bezel is massive. There’s also the hilarious giant Apple logo on the back in the place of the biosensors that feature on the real thing.

It does get some aspects correct – its shape is about right and it does have a crown, like Apple’s ‘Digital Crown’. The strap however looks extraordinarily cheap as do the rest of the materials used on the ‘device’.

The real thing is due out in the next few months, with Apple hastily tweaking the software and battery life to ensure all goes well upon launch. The latest rumours have suggested a March launch date for you to get your Apple Watch fix.

Source: Variety Report

One of the Rarest NES Games up for Auction

Stadium Events from Bandai is probably the rarest NES game ever to exist, as it was recalled just days after the initial release. The game was a test title for the Family Fun Fitness Control Mat that basically was an early version of the technology now found in Dance Dance Revolution floor pads.

“This listing is for a complete, excellent+/near mint, sealed copy of the game and the one of few to ever be sent to the Video Game Authority in Roswell, Georgia for official grading, verification and authentication,” the seller explained.

Shortly after the release, Nintendo bought the technology and recalled the games for a rebranding to the new name NES Power Pad. Only 2000 copies of the game were produced at the time and out of those about 10% made it to the shop shelves. Even less were sold, actually just a handful and only two copies are known to still be in their original boxes.

And one of these two has now made it onto eBay and can be yours, that is if you’re filthy rich. At the time of writing, the eBay auction is up to US $99,999.99 with over 3 days left. The game has also been verified by VGA as well as being sealed in a professional quality acrylic case to protect it from UV rays.

Thanks to eBay for providing us with this information

Old iPods Are Selling for $90,000

Earlier this year, Apple stopped producing the trusty old iPod Classic – what was the only remaining iPod with any resemblance to the legendary original. This particular model was very popular with music fans, as it featured a massive hard drive allowing the very biggest music aficionados to carry their entire libraries with them.

So it’s understandable that demand has grown for eBay sales of the device, but perhaps not too understandable to find that one iPod has sold for $90,000. That particular sale involved the ‘U2 iPod’, a special model released in 2004 in collaboration with the band. It featured a special black and red colour scheme, as well as engravings of the signatures of U2 band members. The model sold on eBay was a “rare” factory sealed UK model. The one if the image above is currently going for $5,000.

Now of course this case concerns a special edition iPod, so it isn’t too surprising it got that much money. However, more common older iPods are still selling for 4 figure sums, alongside the final ‘classic’ iPod fetching double its original price.

Think you might have an old iPod laying around the house somewhere? Get it on eBay, you might just make a small fortune.

Source: Mashable

Broken Amiibo Figures Are Selling on eBay for Thousands

A number of Nintendo’s Amiibo figures have been selling for ridiculous prices on eBay. The figures in question are exceptionally rare thanks to manufacturing defects.

One such figure, in this case of Samus from the Metroid series, sold last week for a staggering $2,500. Why? Because he had two guns on his hands instead of one. Today, a figure of Princess Peach has received bids up to $510, all because she has no legs. Another one, a Villager from Animal Crossing with twisted arms, is currently at a more respectable $51.

The Amiibo figurines are NFC enabled and are used in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Each figure represents a Nintendo character and have already been a hit with collectors.

Nintendo collecting is growing and growing, with rare and unreleased games and other memorabilia selling for staggering amounts in online auctions.

Source: Eurogamer

eBay Looking to Place Interactive Mirrors in Changing Rooms

eBay is looking to move themselves into the brick-and-mortar retail world, expressing interest in implementing mirrors into dressing rooms that will offer the customer suggested accessories and product browsing – all available through a touch screen. These screens are being installed as a trial at the Rebecca Minkoff store, seeing them follow a similar path to online retail giant Amazon – who of which are preparing a store opening in New York. eBay is part of a movement to make our retail habits more interactive, providing users with simpler options to pick and chose clothing and accessories, helping them save time and quite possibly helping these stores to turn some extra profits.

eBay’s head of innovation and new ventures, Steve Yankovich, commented: “So physical retail, a showroom, I think will never go away”. This statement regards eBay’s positioning on store-fronts capabilities and viability moving into the future.

This whole experience will be utilized through an app installed on the user’s phone, meaning that these screens will be able to utilize the persons purchasing history and further help them to choose their garments. Clothes in these stores will be connected to RFID tags, allowing these interactive mirrors to recognize not only the customer, but the clothes that they are sampling for purchase. This system will allow shoppers to attach their purchases and test fittings to their personal profile, allowing them to track their favorite styling and brands as they see fit.

Here’s hoping they install some kind of strong security system as there’s a seemingly large possibility of hackers utilizing the cameras installed in these mirrors for personal benefit in criminal fashion.

Image courtesy of  Bloomberg Businessweek

Razer CEO Warns of Fake Nabu eBay offerings

As announced on his Public Facebook page yesterday, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan warns of fake Razer Nabu smart bands becoming available on eBay.

His official statement reads:

I’ve been informed that there have been eBay, Craigslist, etc listings of the Razer Nabu and some of the prices listed have the Nabu for over US$400 or more with many customers already pre-ordering the unit at that price.

We have NOT shipped any Nabus to third parties at this time and that we strongly advise against purchasing at any unauthorized third party resellers.

Further – the retail price at the start will be under US$100 – and although you will definitely find scalpers that will resell the launch units for much higher prices (as with any Razer product that we launch) – we highly discourage you from purchasing from them. We know of companies that specialize in buying up Razer products at to resell them for a huge profit at launch and we’re doing everything we can to ensure this doesn’t happen at the detriment of our customers.

The launch units will be exclusively for our Insider members with mass availability to follow after.

If you’re keen to be the first few to get your hands on the Nabu, do check out Insider here at:

PS: Do share this if you can – I’d hate to have anyone scammed because they want to get a Nabu. As with all Razer products – demand always far outstrips the supply but we’ll do whatever we can to keep up with the production for demand.

Please feel free to share this article or click the link above to directly share this status to your friends and family. Although, if you’re going to fall for a triple-priced pre-release offering – maybe you deserve it? We’ve been reporting on Razer’s Nabu offering for a while now, waiting for a release with baited breath. We’ve seen Android app updates be released alongside copious amounts of product information, so please Razer if you’re reading this, stop teasing and give it to us already!

Image courtesy of Facebook

New Report Suggests Google Glass is Losing Support

Reuters reports that Google Glass, Google’s foray into wearables, is apparently losing the interest of developers, customers and even Google itself.

Google revealed its Glass wearable device in 2012 as a prototype that was to eventually become a consumer product, using its optical head-mounted display to project images before the user’s eyes, with functions akin to a smartphone. It was positioned as a very real attempt at ubiquitous computing, the idea that computer functions are everywhere and ubiquitous to everyday life, but as Reuters  reports, this vision appears to be losing pace.

The report points to the fact that Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin was recently seen not wearing the device, perhaps summarising the company’s attitude to it. Although, he apparently said that this was due to him leaving it in the car.

They do highlight however that developers have reportedly started to lose interest in Glass. A number of large developers have decided to no longer build apps for the wearable, citing there being a lack of a market.

If there was 200 million Google Glasses sold, it would be a different perspective. There’s no market at this point,” said Tom Frencel, the Chief Executive of Little Guy Games, which put development of a Glass game on hold this year and is looking at other platforms, including the Facebook Inc-owned virtual-reality goggles Oculus Rift.”

The report goes on to discuss how the device has been seen on eBay, apparently for half the $1,500 price of the “Explorer Edition”. Searching for Glass on eBay reveals a number of “Explorers” willing to part with their device, with most of them selling or receiving bids at prices lower than their original price tag. This example is selling at $500 less, with another starting at $700. In total there were 158 results for Google Glass at time of writing.

The presence of the device on eBay suggests that it may not have boded well with the few consumers using the device, possibly due to its “nerdy” appearance, as described in the report.

After further delaying the release of Glass, the report considers whether Google will ever widely release Glass to consumers, as it remains to be seen whether it would be a successful consumer product.

Source: Reuters

Customer Sent Rare iPhone 6 Prototype by Mistake

Love it or hate it, the iPhone 6 has been a big success for Apple. Sure there have been a few interesting (and somewhat amusing) hickups along the way, such as Bend Gate, but in reality there aren’t that many product launches that go without a hitch. One customer has suffered another mistake from Apple this week, although it looks like he may benefit from it more than Apple intended.

When eBay user “kimberlyk1018” renewed their Apple contract, they were accidentally sent a very rare Apple iPhone 6 prototype handset, which isn’t really worth anything to most people, but given the sheer number of Apple fanatics with deep pockets, this is a nifty collectors item and may even be of interest to those who want to tinker with the underlying hardware and software of the device.

The phone doesn’t feature iOS8, but instead has a developer mode, there are no FCC markings and the lightening port is red. The customer who got sent this rare edition of the iPhone 6 put it straight on eBay rather than return it to apple. The model being sold appears to be the 64GB iPhone 6 and is currently fetching a staggering $61,100 (US), interested?

What would you do if you got sent a prototype phone, contact Apple to give it back to them, or sell it for a quick profit?

Thank you eBay for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of eBay.

Ebay Has Been down for 5 Hours!

The auction giant and marketplace Ebay has been down since around noon, with the first reports starting around 11:25 GMT. This is a really long outtake for a site like this and so far there hasn’t been much official wording. The problems seems to be centralized around the UK and German Ebay sites, but a few reports from the US as well.

Users are taking their anger out on the social media sites, and with good right. A lot of auctions are timed to end Sunday afternoon, and no one can bid on them with the site down.

I haven’t been able to login myself since the outtake started around noon and have been following it since. At times you get a slow redirect to the login screen, even though you just tried to load the main page. Otherwise the site is dead and unresponsive.

Image courtesy of downdetector

eBay Could Be Considering PayPal Seperation

EBay Inc could still be considering a spin-off of their fast-growing payments unit PayPal, and it could happen as soon as next year according to tech news website The Information. The EBay shares jumped nearly 4 percent to $55.48 upon release of the news.

Potential candidates for the position of PayPal chief executive officer were told by EBay about the possible spin-off of the payments unit. The job got vacant when David Marcus left for Facebook back in June.

A PayPal spinoff would mark an about-face for the company, as EBay CEO John Donahoe has resisted demands by activist investor Carl Icahn to seperate the payments service, saying PayPal was integral to eBay’s business and that a split would not make any sense.

“The board will continue to assess all alternatives to create that long-term value and to enhance the growth and competitive positions of both eBay and PayPal. This position has not changed,” eBay spokeswoman Amanda Miller said.

Icahn backed down from his demand back in April, saying that while he supported a PayPal split in the near future, now was not the time. Investors however believe that an independent PayPal can grow by attracting other online retailers in direct competition with eBay.

It is still unclear if eBay actually has decided to spin-off all, or just parts, of PayPal, and what structure it could take on.

Thank you Reuters for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of eBay.


Action Comics Issue 1 is on Ebay for $1.75 Million

Yes, you read that right, the first ever issue of Action Comics is on sale on eBay for $1.75 million! Why eBay you ask? I can’t answer that question, surely something of this value and importance to fictional character history would be sold at a very private auction where only extremely rich and insane people gather to spend ridiculous amounts of money on what is essentially, paper.

This comic is the alpha comic book, the grand master, this is the very first comic book ever to feature Superman, call it his debut of the world if you like. It’s “The finest known copy of the most sought after comic book in the world. A 1938 museum piece with PERFECT WHITE pristine pages”, now if anything has a description like that, you know it’s going to be worth mega bucks. The owner is lucky chap Darren Adams and he purchased the copy from a collector who kept it locked in a bank vault, guess that protection is paying off now. Adams also says “I’m hoping that the next person can enjoy it as much as I do. I’d love it if a museum purchased this book for all to see”.

This comic has been around since 1938 and for it to have pristine white pages after all this time is nothing short of amazing. You can find the auction on eBay here.

Thanks to Tweaktown for supplying us with this information.

Image courtesy of Tweaktown.

eBay Rumoured to Soon Accept Bitcoins

The Ebay Inc owned PayPal are apparently in talks with Coinbase Inc and other bitcoin transaction providers to integrate the virtual currency within its Braintree payments system. Executives at PayPal, which owns the service that handles all the payments, have not struck any agreements yet, according to people familiar with the matter as saying.

A deal like this would be a huge endorsement for a virtual crypto currency. In general it has gained a wider acceptance with a slowly growing number of businesses accepting the virtual money. Some industry executives are still warning about the risks of an unregulated currency.

“We do believe that Bitcoin will play an important role in payments in the future, but we have nothing to announce,” eBay spokeswoman Jennifer Hakes said.

With a quote like that, we can assume that the auction and market platform eBay will accept digital payments very soon, perhaps even the entire PayPal range. The last one would be an overall game changer, as it would bring digital currencies to thousands of online shops, donation buttons and so much more.

Thank you Reuters for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of eBay.

Mr Sam Sung Auctions Off His Apple Business Card for Charity

Apple and Samsung may have been scrapping on a legal front for many years over product names, designs, patents and a whole lot more, but if it were not for all the competition between the two companies, this guys name would have no comedy value what so ever. Mr Sam Sung was an Apple employee, making him one of the few, if not the only Sam-sung “thing” allowed anywhere near the Apple campus.

Of course Sam Sung sees the funny side of his own name, and despite the fact he no longer works for Apple, he discovered one of his old business cards and decided to put it on eBay for a quick profit… only joking, he did it to raise money for charity. It’s a unique item for Apple fans eager to own an Apple business card with the name Samsung on it, but it’s all in good spirit and for charity so let’s not mock the people who are bidding.

All funds minus eBay fees are goign to Children’s Wish, BC & Yukon, a non profit organisation that helps grant wishes to sick children. Sam Sung’s card as well as his old uniform and EasyPay tag have been signed and mounted in a frame for the auction.

The auction is active until August 15th and at time of writing it was just over $6000 (Canadian). Check out the official listing here.

Thank you Pocket Lint for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Pocket Lint.

Bug in PayPal Renders Two-Factor Authorization Useless

Security blogger Joshua Rogers of Melbourne wrote a piece about PayPal’s two -factor authorization system at the beginning of June and discovered a pretty concerning bug in it. Anyone with it enabled, would be able to access the PayPal account by using a special login page designed for eBay.

Like any responsible person, he informed PayPal about the issue right away instead of publishing it. The exploit still works 2 month later despite his warnings, so he decided to go public with it now.

eBay’s function to link a PayPal account is the culprit here. When you’re setting up this service and are entering your login details, a cookie is set with your details and you’re redirected to confirm it. Once logged in that way, just go to the main PayPal page and you’re also logged in there. eBay’s special login page completely ignores any two-way factor authorization settings.

Joshua wrote that he could repeat the process unlimited times and even created a YouTube video demonstrating it.

Thank you Just Another Security Blog for providing us with this information

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A 4Chan Post Sold For $90,900 on eBay… Wait, What?

Everyone can sell literally anything on eBay nowadays. For example, this eBay seller has auctioned a simple 4Chan post and expected to get a lot of money for it.

The really interesting part is that the user actually made a fortune off the post. It is said that Artnet originally caught the post, a vendor known as “Artwork by Anonymous”, who turned the simple Chan post into a $90,900 masterpiece.

The post originally started at $500, which is still a lot of money for a common thing you find on the internet, only to end at the above mentioned bid price. Also, the lucky bidder is said to enjoy free expedite shipping for the product at hand.

Re/Code mentions that the bid reached the five digit count in just 36 hours, confirming that the auction is fake since it is pretty easy to inflate an eBay listing. Even so, people can just bid and not pay for it, a common practice found on the site.

Anyone who has missed the first auction can now enjoy a second listing of the Chan post, which seems to have a starting price of $500 as well. As for the eBay seller, it seems that art doesn’t have to be unique in order to get a heap of money out of it.

Thank you Gizmodo for providing us with this information
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