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RedLaser iPhone app gets bought by eBay, goes free

RedLaser, the barcode and price comparison app that sat at the top of the best-seller list for a while, has been bought by eBay and is now free. What’s more, eBay is going to integrate the technology into its other apps:

“eBay plans to integrate RedLaser’s barcode-scanning technology into its leading iPhone applications, including its eBay Marketplace, eBay Selling, StubHub and Shopping.com applications, providing more than 10 million users with access to product information for fast and easy selling and comparison shopping. The technology is designed to help consumers find great deals online for virtually any product with a barcode, and for eBay sellers to quickly create listings by accessing pricing trends and product details for millions of items in eBay’s catalog. “

Smart move from eBay. Not only is RedLaser itself a really nice app, the technology behind it will be a good match for eBay’s core business.

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The rise of the super-middlemen

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Ken Doctor on Rupert’s attempt to get people to pay for news:

“When you hear Murdoch and other publishers justifiably scream about Jeff Bezos’ hard bargain — he keeps customer relationships and 70% of the revenue — you understand that they see the multi-platform future becoming real and want to be in the center of it.”

I find it incredibly ironic that the Internet, the medium which was supposed to lead to a wave of disintermediation where artists/writers/content owners would no longer need distributors to take a cut, has instead led to a massive new wave of middle men.

Apple’s iTunes Store, Amazon, eBay – all super-middlemen. And even Google, which should let you find anything you want, can’t break that up.

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