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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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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald