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Best Buy API Aims To Expand Store's Reach Online 99

surely_you_cant_be_serious writes "Best Buy has opened up proprietary product catalog data in its online store through an open API. Through the Remix API, Best Buy can track how many people are using its information, while users can check to see where a certain product is available without visiting Best Buy's site. Web developers and bloggers can also sign up to become an official Best Buy affiliate. If approved, they can get a small percentage of a sale if someone makes a Best Buy purchase through their site."

Comment Re:Desktop Operation System Evolution (Score 1) 244

The vast majority of users did not run windows 3.1 on 386 processors, they ran it on 286's, until later they required it for enhanced mode. 386 was specialist hardware. Exactly the same deal with vista, soon it will require 64 bit processors. Signed drivers increase system stability. If you need to run an old peripheral, use your old computer.


Submission + - EBay scores victory in Internet trademark case

sm62704 writes: Reuters is reporting (via Yahoo news) that EBay has beat Tiffany jewelry in court in a "knockout" decision.

All of Tiffany's trademark infringement claims against eBay were rejected — a knockout blow to the four-year-old lawsuit that had been closely watched by Internet companies as well as luxury goods makers seeking to stop the sale of counterfeit products online.

Tiffany & Co had alleged that eBay turned a blind eye to the sale of fake Tiffany silver jewelry on its site. EBay had countered that it was not in a position to determine which goods were knock-offs of the prestigious New York brand and had said the jeweler did not adequately participate in eBay's programs that help brand owners prevent fraud.

The judge, in a 66-page decision following a non-jury trial in U.S. District Court in Manhattan last November, said he was "not unsympathetic" to Tiffany and others who have invested in building their brands only to see them exploited on the Web. But he said the law was clearly on eBay's side.

The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Ebay announces Major Changes to Feedback and Fees (

XHIIHIIHX writes: eBay today announced major changes to their feedback and fee structures. No negative feedback for buyers is about the most shocking for me. Additionaly the feedback score will now be based on the last 12 months of transactions, perhaps to wipe out the underground market in high-feedback ebay profiles. Power sellers must now meet more strict and anonymous feedback criteria in order to be accepted into the program. Sellers meeting certain goals in the new anonymous feedback section will receive credit back on their listing fees.
The Internet

Submission + - Massive Ebay Feedback Overhaul Defies All Logic (

ThanksForTheMemoriesMeg writes: "eBay is making sweeping changes to its Feedback program, including prohibiting sellers from leaving negative or neutral feedback ratings for buyers. The changes come a year after eBay introduced controversial Detailed Seller Ratings (DSRs) in which buyers are able to leave anonymous ratings for sellers based on four criteria." John Donahoe will replace former CEO Meg Whitman and attempt to overhaul the struggling auction site. Let the massive Powerseller backlash begin."

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