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EBay Buys Magento to Boost Small Business E-Commerce Services

EBay has purchased Magento, a “software as service” company that helps small retailers run their online shops. EBay won’t disclose terms, but says the deal won’t be material, and that it had already purchased a minority stake in the company last year as part of a $22.5 million funding round. Magento will get folded into X.Commerce, eBay’s new “integrated open commerce platform group,” which is targeting small retailers that might otherwise be working with Amazon.


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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