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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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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus