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Fortnite is Being used as a Money Laundering Venue

The Independent has conducted an investigative report into the underwold's usage of Fortnite as a venue for money laundering. This likely won't come as a surprise - Fortnite has pretty lax acquisition restrictions for its in-game content and V-bucks, and the world's most popular multiplayer game moves millions of players through its servers daily. with such a deep pool of likely buyers for anything Fortnite at under Fortnite-store pricing, the stage is set for an almost untraceable money laundering scheme.

Intel Core i7-6950X Engineering Sample Sells for $1950

Ahead of their launch, industry partners with engineering samples (ES) of unreleased processors make a killing on Ebay. The same was true for one lucky user of a Core i7-6950X ten-core processor ES. Listed for auction on Ebay, the chip sold for $1,950. High-resolution pictures of the chip reveal that it could ship with a core clock speed of 3.00 GHz, which is not surprising considering how low Intel has been clocking its high core-count chips to respect 140W TDP, over the past few generations. The i7-6950X is based on Intel's 14 nm "Broadwell-E" silicon, and will be compatible with existing socket LGA2011v3 (X99 chipset) motherboards, with BIOS updates, when it hits the shelves later this month. Intel's policy on engineering samples, which its partners agree to before receiving samples, states that engineering samples issued by the company, are its property.

AMD Radeon HD 7990 "Malta" Listed on Ebay

A lucky bloke who managed to score an engineering sample of AMD's upcoming Radeon HD 7990 sought to make a quick buck by auctioning it on Ebay. An opening bid of $0.99, and 36 bids (ATP) later, the auction has reached the $1,125 mark. The engineering sample is said to ship with clock speeds of 950 MHz core, and 6.00 GHz memory. The dual-GPU graphics cards ships with two fully-loaded AMD "Tahiti" GPUs, with 2048 stream processors each, and a 384-bit memory interface holding 3 GB of GDDR5 memory, each. If anything the Ebay listing gave us some gorgeous pictures of the beast.

Microsoft to Acquire Skype for Over $8 billion

In what is turning out to be the mother of all tech acquisitions, Microsoft is working towards acquiring IP telephony giant Skype Technologies for nearly US $8 billion, the deal could be announced later today, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Skype acquisition will give Microsoft increased traction in the consumer market, as part of the company's efforts to provide more web-based convergence services. The deal could be the most significant development after Bing, a polished successor of MSN Search.

Skype is the company that propagated web-based telephony, which threatened to make conventional telephony obsolete. Founded in 2003, the company has 663 million registered users, including 8.8 million with paid accounts. In 2005, it was sold to Ebay for $2.6 billion, after which Ebay sold 70% of its shares to private investors by 2009. Microsoft is in the foray to acquire the company and its debt in a deal that can see up to $8.5 billion changing hands.

EBay to Ban Negative/Neutral User Feedback

Most of you surely know how trading on eBay works: the buyer buys something the seller is selling, and they both leave each other feedback based on their experience. If one of them stiffed the other, the feedback will reflect that, providing a nice layer of protection. However, eBay is planning on relinquishing that protection. It would seem as though some pesky buyers abused the system, and left negative feedback where none was necessary. Now, to prevent future problems, eBay is planning on eliminating the negative and neutral feedback altogether. In a quest to be politically correct and universally pleasing, eBay has taken up the mentality "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all". This has left both buyers and sellers in a uproar, claiming that there is very little protection if a sale fails to come through.

eBay Buys German Auction Site

eBay has acquired ViA-Online GmbH, the German auction management software developer that operates Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The addition of Afterbuy gives eBay the ability to employ professional trading on its German site and other online marketplaces. In return, aligning itself with eBay lets Afterbuy, which focused on selling items related to business management, tap the e-commerce expertise and resources of eBay. Afterbuy will continue to operate under its current brand name and will remain in Krefeld, Germany.

Xbox 360 Elite finds its way onto eBay

Although the Xbox 360 Elite isn't officially set to launch until 29th of this month, the first console has already appeared on eBay. Assuming it's genuine, this console was purchased in California from a Target store, and anyone wishing to bid on the item (currently standing at $800) can receive it on 24th April - if they're willing to pay the $99 delivery charge of course. So far, there are no figures on how many consoles will be available at launch, but retailers such as Circuit City have already sold out of their initial allocations, so they may prove difficult to get hold of. For anyone who's desperate to get their hands on the new version of this console can bid for it here.

Source: DailyTech

Update: the console has now bee sold for $5,100 US

'Infinite Continues' Promises to be an Ebay-like swap-site for gamers

Anyone who owns old video games and tries to sell them usually gets a nasty surprise. Amazon/E-bay/retailers all buy used games at depressingly low prices, and there's little or nothing gamers can do about this. Enter 'Infinite Continues'. This start-up site promises to be the E-bay of games. A user, who registers for free, posts a list of all the games they have available for trade, and a wish-list of games they want. Infinite Continues then helps other users find those games, and lets the two users set up a trade. Shipping is taken care of by the traders. Like virtually all trade/auction sites, traders are rated based on how good they are at trading. The site has been in beta testing for over six months. Please check it out, you might find a way to get all those new games you want while getting rid of all the old ones you never play anymore.

EBay faced with more security problems

While eBay is upgrading their interface it got severe security problems underneath which it tries to cover up. Firemeg, a blog dedicated to eBay watching, has a rather comprehensive report about the latest doings of Vladuz, a Romanian hacker. Vladuz, who's intention it is to reveal the security issues, broke into the Trust & Safety board at and posted "information of fifteen different eBay members, including social security numbers, credit card numbers, bank account and routing numbers, ATM PIN numbers, mother's maiden names, driver's license numbers, as well as home addresses and full contact information". It took the persons in charge nearly an hour before everything was deleted. But Vladuz was not beaten, he posted all the information again on 12 different subforums again.
As I already wrote, this is not the only thing Vladuz has done so far. At the end of February he was active in the eBay forums using a so called 'pinkliner' account, an account which got Administrator's rights. eBay, in order to appease the nervous public, said he just got aware of 'some' account login. But the real dubious thing is that the name of this account was "vladuzsgi" - what a coincidence...

Ebay launches Feedback 2.0

Ebay has decided for an improvement in its rating system for sellers and buyers. In addition to the standard positive, neutral and negative ratings, Feedback 2.0, as the service is called, will also provide four additional categories which buyers can individually rate sellers on called Detailed Seller Ratings (DSRs).

The five new categories are: Item as described, Communication, Shipping time and Shipping and handling charges. Buyers will be able to rate sellers on a 5-star rating scale on each category.

eBay plans to roll out Feedback 2.0 in Australia, Belgium, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom within the next few days. Feedback 2.0 will be launched in the United States this spring.

EBay forbids sales of virtual property, delists current auctions

Internet auction giant eBay has officially stopped allowing auctions of virtual property. This means that people hoping to sell currency or characters in an online game will have to look somewhere else. This is actually simply the enforcement of a policy that's been around since eBay's inception.
The seller must be the owner of the underlying intellectual property, or authorized to distribute it by the intellectual property owner.
As an example of this policy in action, World of Warcraft currency is technically Blizzard's, so you cannot sell it on eBay.
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