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New eBay Application for Blackberry Enables Mobile E-Auction Addicts

Blackberries 3792130154_5216c68e26If you’re an eBay seller or buyer, this is good news for you.  Today, Research in Motion (RIM), the makers of Blackberry smartphones, announced a new, integrated eBay application for its platform.  The creatively-named eBay Application for Blackberry will all users to:

“…search, bid, buy and check their eBay buying and selling activity virtually anywhere. The application leverages the BlackBerry® Push Service to allow users to be wirelessly notified of the status of eBay listings in real-time.” (Source)

If you’re bidding on auctions all the time or selling lots of stuff on eBay, this probably means you will be happy.  Unless, of course, you are already way too obsessed with watching the clock tick down to the end of an auction, in which case this means your addiction can now be mobile in nature.  The value add with this application will be the integration with native features of the Blackberry, such as contacts and calendars, plus the ability to have this at your fingertips without toting around a laptop.

The bigger picture here is that RIM knows the Blackberry must, must, must make the transition from business use, which it dominates, to the fun side of life where the iPhone and Android phones are more prevalent.  This is a stab in that direction.  I tend to think of antique dealers when I think of eBay, as well as thinking of the cheesy look of the site.  So combining eBay and Blackberry seems somewhat off, but I get it.  What would be interesting shopping integration would be Amazon integration for Blackberry, complete with media downloads.  Hm.

You, me, everybody – Google Voice opened up to everyone

Google Voice numbers are no longer invitation only.  The big G announced today that the service would be available on demand for Google ID holders. I’ve had a GV number for a while, and we were just able to beg/borrow/steal an invite for a client to use on their new site.

What’s Google Voice, you ask?

The guy makes HOW much money?!?

Before you click through to this story on the business success of founder Ben Huh, try and guess the amount of money the guy makes and how many sites are a part of his Cheezburger Network.  I can haz some moneys, Mr. Huh?

Curious about the HP/Palm mashup? Check out the best Twitter content on the subject…

Quick post – HP bought Palm and assembled a nice post about the bets Twitter content on the news.  Find it here.

LATimes: Hulu to start charging for programming

I know plenty of people who have dumped their in home cable television service in favor of video content from web sites like YouTube, Hulu, Netflix and other download or streaming media sources.  Hulu will now apparently look to monetize come of their content with a $9.95 subscription offering.  The LA Times reports that Hulu will start testing this offering at the end of May.

How much are you willing to pay for this kind of service?  Does it even interest you?

In case you missed it: PA school district spys on students via webcams

From Info World and Network World come great pieces on this must-read tale about schools spying on students.  It stems from an unbelievable story from the Lower Merion School District near Philadelphia.  See if this summary gets you to read more.

School gives kids laptops with web-cams.

School doesn’t tell kids or parents they are monitoring the video from these web-cams.

School administrator sees kid eating Mike and Ike candy, doesn’t realize it’s candy, thinks the kid is popping pills.

Administrator brings kid into office to confront kid on what the administrator believes to be illegal drug use.

Massive lawsuit ensues.

Lower Merion schools used to be primarily known for being where Kobe Bryant played scholastic ball.  Not anymore.

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