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Did You Buy Your Christmas Presents on Your iPhone This Year?

santa phoneDid you buy a present via your iPhone this holiday season? EBay (EBAY) says the chances you did increased greatly this year, citing a threefold increase in items purchased via smartphones during the holiday season.

For the year, the company said, buyers and sellers did around $500 million worth of transactions using their phones.

I assume Amazon (AMZN) saw a similar trend, particularly since it rolled out well-received shopping apps for both Research in Motion’s (RIMM) BlackBerry and Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone this year.

But note that for whatever reason, Amazon doesn’t mention mobile in its annual “let us tell you how awesome are holiday sales were, without actually attaching any real numbers to these claims” release.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik