eBay acquires Hunch to add its custom recommendation technology to its services for shoppers

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The largest online marketplace in the world, eBay Inc., has announced the acquisition of Hunch, which will allow it to include product and service recommendation technology so that it can offer greater value to its customers. The actual details of the purchase weren’t disclosed. Hunch.com was first launched in 2009, and provides users with customized suggestions based on their unique preferences and tastes. It makes its determinations based on data gleaned from other websites and social networks. According to eBay, Hunch will help the company to improve the selling and…

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Facebook and eBay announce partnership for e-commerce

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Board member at eBay and executive at Facebook, Katie Mitic, announced a partnership between those two organizations, which was created in order to form a new series of e-commerce apps with features for social networking. Mitic explained that the Open Graph on Facebook – that is, its connections map among its users and their “friends” – will undergo a seamless integration with eBay service apps. It is eBay’s hope that outside developers will come up with apps that will work with its e-commerce platform so that it will build more…

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Google gains local business advertising boost by absorbing Zagat


Google has snatched up Zagat, the restaurant ratings guide, in an effort to provide even more original content to its millions of users around the globe, and to take a bigger step into the increasing online review service marketplace that generates billions in advertising dollars. The search engine giant, based in Mountain View, California, is hopeful that the ratings and reviews on Zagat will help it to break into local commerce, a market where Google has yet to find stable footing. Google’s new acquisition provides it with instant review access,…

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Facebook and Google+ faceoff over leadership of ecommerce

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In its latest efforts to dominate ecommerce, Google has been making moves that have clearly shown that it considers Facebook to be a threat to its leadership of the online world, and has indicated that it intends to start to move into the social mobile industry with a vengeance.  Among the largest moves that it has made has been its recent unveiling of Google+, which is a combination of its existing tools and services that have been brought together to function within a social networking collective that accesses a wide…

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