EBay's GiftsNearby Taps Into Last-Minute Offline Shopping

EBay has launched an offshoot of its main site called GiftsNearby, which helps holiday shoppers pick up last-minute presents based on local inventory. In particular, a special relationship was formed with Best Buy that lets users pay for products online and then pick them up at the store. For eBay, it extends the shopping season beyond limitations of the post office. The service leverages information from Milo.com, a company eBay acquired earlier this month.


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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