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Pro Tip: Don't Sell Military Spy Drones on eBay

The Raven, a U.S.-built spy drone, is little more than a glorified model airplane with a camera. It has a range of just over six miles, has to be launched by hand (i.e., firing up the engine and throwing it into the air), and has no capacity to carry weapons of any kind. Still, it's military equipment, and thus subject to the Arms Export Control Act. A Philippine man named Henson Chua...

Designer Derek Lam Crowd-Sources Summer Collection on eBay

Derek Lam's Fashion Week shows are always attended by the style elite. This season, Anna Wintour sat front row, near Joe Zee and Derek Blasberg, and, last season, Leighton Meester and Rachel Zoe watched the presentation. Throughout the years, Lam has become a hallowed part of New York fashion, like Donna Karan or Ralph Lauren. But for a part of his Spring '11 collection, Lam has decided to opt...

7-Year-Old Almost Buys Harrier Jet on eBay for $113K

Share A 7-year-old boy from London almost had himself a real life Harrier Jet after clicking 'Buy it Now' on an eBay listing. The British-built jet capable of vertical take-offs was restored and being sold by Jet Art Aviation not as an auction, but as an instant purchase for £69,999 (around $113,000). Thankfully, the boy's father quickly caught the error and called the sellers to apologize...

The Web's Biggest Scams: From 419 to the Hitman

Share The Web is awash with bad seeds who want your money, your data and your sweet, sweet identity. We don't want to scare you -- since these people are the exception, not the rule -- but they are out there. Crafty buggers who prey on trust and carelessness, scammers are not only persistent social engineers, but also skilled hackers who take over Facebook accounts, break into bank databases and...

Craigslist Removes Ads for Caffeinated Booze Four Loko

Here in New York, Four Loko has become a hot commodity. The highly caffeinated and alcoholic malt beverage has been the target of nationwide concern, but, in New York, the sale of the drink has been banned by the state Liquor Authority. With Four Loko recently banished from store shelves, some enterprising individuals took to Craigslist to sell the booze-laden energy drink on the black market....

Palin-Signed Xbox Will Sell for $1.1M on eBay, Confused Canadian Hopes

We Americans are labeled with several stereotypes. Such confused foreigners interchangeably think that we are are all extravagantly wealthy, Tea Party supporters, or incredibly dumb. But rarely does a citizen of the world believe as fully in all of those things as does David Morrill, who hopes to sell a Sarah Palin-autographed Xbox 360 for $1.1 million on eBay. Sure, he hasn't found a buyer in...

eBay Introduces Group Gift-Buying Service on Eve of Redesign

In an effort to capitalize on the all-important holiday shopping season, eBay is rolling out a full slate of new features -- including a social networking-based buying option -- to its online marketplace. As the Wall Street Journal reports, a freshly redesigned eBay home page will soon offer recommendations to users based on their previous searches, as well as a new list of hot items currently...

eBay 'Instant Sale' Helps You Ditch Your Gadgets for Cash

As befits the tech-blogger lifestyle, we have piles of aging gadgets lying around. And, while many of them could potentially net us a few bucks on eBay, we're usually too lazy to put together a listing, post photos, and actually ship the small mountain of junk to the people willing to pay for it. But eBay doesn't want you to let your tech castaways gather dust, so the auction site has just...

Meg Whitman Campaign Learns Lesson on Importance of Proofreading

Meg Whitman's campaign spokesperson, Sarah Pompei, sent out a tweet Monday evening announcing that the San Diego Deputy Sheriff's association was endorsing her candidacy. Included was a link intended to lead to a blog post about the endorsement, but Pompei left an "r" off the end, sending followers instead to this bass-playing cross-dresser (video after the break). This is why proofreading is...

I-ELLA Combines eBay, Gilt Groupe and a Bazaar Into Charitable Shopping

Discount stores, invite-only sites, Etsy and eBay: there is hardly a reason to head to a department store anymore. Unless, of course, you still appreciate the social aspect of shopping -- getting a friend's opinion, promising to let her borrow your item, or using her to help narrow down your selections. So Ella Gorlga, a young entrepreneur based in New York, caught this discrepancy between IRL...

After 8 Years, eBay Vigilance Reunites Man and His Missing Guitar

Stolen items routinely appear on online auction sites, and, occasionally, watchful victims will even discover their own missing goods. One burglary victim recently discovered the benefits of such eBay vigilance, although eight years had elapsed since his belongings were actually taken. When Minnesotan Doug Duncan's house was originally burgled, a 1957 Gibson Les Paul Special guitar was among the...

eBay's Half.com App Scans Bar Codes for Best Textbook Deals

Share With the fall semester around the corner, eBay has launched a mobile app for its discount site Half.com, which scans barcodes to locate the best deals on textbooks and other back-to-school products. According to CNET News, users snap a picture of a barcode (say, that expensive Biology 101 textbook), and the free iPhone app scans it using RedLaser technology, then trolling Half.com's...

Facebook Criticizes Google and Verizon's Net Neutrality Plans

Google and Verizon have already taken plenty of heat for their recently unveiled joint-proposal on how to apply Net neutrality ideology to regulatory policy. Now, Facebook has joined the chorus of boos by formally announcing its opposition to the plan. As the New York Times reports, the social network is raising concerns about any plan that would exempt wireless carriers from Net neutrality rules,...

Safari Update Adds Extensions Gallery, Twitter and Bing Support

This morning, Apple unveiled the latest version of its Safari 5 browser, replete with revamped extensions support and a sparkling new extensions gallery. The new browser allows users to download extensions directly from a third-party developer's site, or from the new gallery, which Engadget describes as "the App Store for browser add-ons." So far, the gallery includes extensions from heavy...

Priest Auctions Confessional on eBay as 'a Small Bar,' Archdiocese Not Amused

The Catholic Church has lately dived into the digital revolution with an uninhibited enthusiasm, exploring new ways to reach parishioners and potential converts alike. This may be attributable to Pope Benedict XVI, whose digital-ecumenical efforts have included championing the Internet as a way for Catholics to share their faith, establishing the Vatican's YouTube channel and even asking followers...