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eBay Staff Told to Work at Home Today for 'Space and Privacy'

9% of its workforce will be laid off, CEO Jamie Iannone said Tuesday

(Newser) - The bloodletting in the tech sector continues to creep into 2024. On Tuesday, eBay employees were told via an internal letter that the company will shave its workforce by 9%, or by about 1,000 full-time jobs, reports CNBC . CEO Jamie Iannone blamed a mismatch between "overall headcount and...

Ex-eBay Employees Sentenced in Wild Harassment Scheme
eBay Fined
$3M in Scheme
to Harass Couple
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eBay Fined $3M in Scheme to Harass Couple

Subjects of employees' campaign say they wanted more executives indicted

(Newser) - eBay will pay a $3 million fine, the maximum possible, to resolve criminal charges over what a prosecutor called an "absolutely horrific" employee campaign of harassment of a Massachusetts couple. If the company complies with the deal's requirements for three years, the charges could be dismissed, US Attorney...

Man 'Fueled by Greed' Hears His Fate for Fake Royal Artifact

He gets 12 months' community service after trying to sell walking stick he said belonged to Elizabeth

(Newser) - A 26-year-old man who tried to sell what he claimed was a walking stick used by the late Queen Elizabeth II has been sentenced for defrauding eBay buyers. Dru Marshall, from Hampshire in southern England, claimed he was a senior footman at Windsor Castle and that the proceeds from the...

Stolen Jewelry Worth Up to $65K Popped Up on eBay for $50

Onyx piece taken from British Museum was listed on auction site in 2016; ex-curator is main suspect

(Newser) - Jewelry stolen over time from the British Museum—allegedly by a former staffer who'd worked there for decades—have been popping on eBay, with the person hawking the pieces trying to dump them for a tiny fraction of their value, reports the Telegraph . The precious items missing from the...

Employees of Failed Bank Put Corporate Swag on eBay

Gifts with SVB logo include a like-new picnic set

(Newser) - As a brand, Silicon Valley Bank has taken a nosedive since federal regulators shut it down on Friday. Still, this presents a unique opportunity to own a piece of US banking history, while supplies last. SVB-branded swag is showing up on eBay , as employees do a bit of liquidating of...

Their Scheme Made Couple's Life 'Hell.' Now, Prison Time

Ex-eBay execs sentenced to 24 months, 57 months for their role in harassment campaign

(Newser) - Two former eBay executives are headed to prison for their role in a harassment and intimidation campaign against a Massachusetts couple whose newsletter reporting on the company angered its leadership. Reuters reports that 50-year-old David Harville, once eBay's chief of global resiliency, was sentenced Thursday to two years behind...

They Were Sent Roaches, Funeral Wreath. Now, a Final Guilty Plea

Former eBay exec David Harville admits to harassing couple who published newsletter

(Newser) - A former eBay executive pleaded guilty Thursday to participating in a scheme to terrorize the creators of an online newsletter. David Harville, eBay's former director of global resiliency, is the final onetime eBay employee charged in the case to plead guilty, per the AP . Six others have admitted to...

She Tried to Sell a Clapton Bootleg for $11. He Filed Suit

German court rules in favor of rock star in copyright infringement case

(Newser) - A German judge has sided with Eric Clapton in a copyright infringement case that started with a CD being listed on eBay for just over $11. Deutsche Welle reports that on Wednesday, a Duesseldorf regional court ruled a 55-year-old widow who'd tried to sell a bootlegged CD of some...

Couple Sues eBay Over Roaches and Other Harassment

David, Ina Steiner say company was trying to 'stifle their reporting on eBay'

(Newser) - A Massachusetts couple subjected to threats and other bizarre harassment from former eBay employees filed a civil lawsuit against the Silicon Valley giant on Wednesday. David and Ina Steiner say in their lawsuit filed in Boston federal court that the company engaged in a conspiracy to "intimidate, threaten to...

Feds: Guilty Pleas Coming in Crazy eBay Scheme

4 ex-employees allegedly sent live spiders to a Massachusetts couple

(Newser) - Four former eBay Inc. employees have agreed to plead guilty to their roles in a campaign of intimidation that included sending live spiders and cockroaches to the home of a Massachusetts couple who ran an online newsletter critical of the auction site, federal prosecutors said Wednesday, the AP reports. "...

Feds: EBay Staff Sent Roaches, Pig Fetus to Critical Couple

6 former employees charged in scheme to harass newsletter staff

(Newser) - Six former employees of eBay were so "enraged" over a newsletter for eBay sellers that they sent the authors a pile of horrible stuff, including live cockroaches and spiders, a preserved pig fetus, and a bloody pig-face mask, say federal authorities. Involvement in the scheme to "emotionally and...

Old Laptop Sold on eBay Had Classified Information

German defense officials are not happy

(Newser) - It was quite a bargain. An old but working laptop up for sale on eBay went for $100, and the buyer got classified information from Germany's military as part of the deal. As Deutsche Welle explains, the gaffe started when the military sent decommissioned laptops to a recycling company...

Star Wars Actor Fesses Up on Script: 'It Was Me'

John Boyega admits he left 'Rise of Skywalker' script under his bed; it ended up on eBay

(Newser) - There's no question anymore: John Boyega really did leave his script for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker under his bed for a cleaner to find and put on eBay. "It was me," the actor who plays Finn confirmed Wednesday on Good Morning America following co-star Daisy...

He May Be the Culprit in Star Wars Script Snafu on eBay

Actress Daisy Ridley strongly implies John Boyega is the one who lost it

(Newser) - Director JJ Abrams and top actors in the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are making the rounds plugging the movie, and a more-interesting-than-usual anecdote has surfaced. On Monday, Abrams revealed on Good Morning America that one of the film's closely guarded scripts ended up on eBay, reports...

Some Call This Debt Solution 'Pragmatic.' Others, Cruel

Edda the pug was put up for sale on eBay after family couldn't pay its bills

(Newser) - A family of five in Germany that fell on hard times had one prized possession: their 1-year-old purebred pug, Edda. But after not being able to pay their bills, including an almost $90 annual dog tax levied by the city of Ahlen, a debt collector came up with what a...

Company Yanks Costume With Controversial 'Dead' Name

Costume Agent's get-up was a sendup of Caitlyn Jenner—adding 'Bruce' didn't help

(Newser) - Megyn Kelly did a segment on controversial Halloween costumes earlier this week that got her into a bit of trouble , but there was one get-up she didn't cover. A first glance at the fake Olympic decathlete jersey, running shorts, and gold medals from vendor Costume Agent doesn't reveal...

USPS Just Had One of Its Biggest Inside Thefts Ever

It involves more than $630K worth of stamps

(Newser) - A Louisiana man who makes about $70,000 a year lost more than $650,000 gambling over the past seven years, casino records show—and federal prosecutors now say they know how he got the money to support his habit, the Times-Picayune reports. The DOJ is calling it "one...

Elon Musk Throws Party for Flamethrower Buyers

First 1K could pick them up in person

(Newser) - The first 1,000 customers who bought flamethrowers from Elon Musk at $500 a pop could pick them up on Saturday, though they're now labeled "Not a Flamethrower" to get around pesky regulations about transporting flamethrowers between states. Musk—who sold 20,000 of the devices to raise...

Shkreli Selling 'Rarest Album Ever Created'

Proceeds of sale of Wu-Tang Clan album to go to 'medical research'

(Newser) - The " rarest album ever created " is again up for grabs. Martin Shkreli, who bought the sole copy of Wu-Tang Clan's Once Upon a Time in Shaolin for a reported $2 million in a 2015 deal that required he keep it from the public for 88 years, has...

Critics Say eBay Founder's Hawaiian Plan Literally Stinks

Pierre Omidyar wants to build a dairy on Kauai

(Newser) - The smell of cow dung and the sting of biting flies—it's not exactly what one dreams of when dreaming of a Hawaiian getaway. But it's the reality eBay founder/Honolulu resident Pierre Omidyar is hoping to create on Kauai. With an eye toward sustainability, Omidyar is looking to...

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