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eBay Inc.

Please describe the work that you are doing that you consider to be the most innovative and of the greatest likely long-term significance.

Founded in September 1995, eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY; http://www.ebay.com) is The World's Online MarketplaceTM for the sale of goods and services by a diverse community of individuals and businesses. Today, the eBay community includes tens of millions of registered members from around the world. People spend more time on eBay than any other online site, making it the most popular shopping destination on the Internet.

Our Mission

eBay's mission is to provide a global trading platform where practically anyone can trade practically anything.

Our Marketplace

On an average day, there are millions of items listed on eBay. People come to the eBay marketplace to buy and sell items in thousands of categories including antiques and art, books, business & industrial, cars & other vehicles, clothing & accessories, coins, collectibles, crafts, dolls & bears, electronics & computers, home furnishings, jewelry & watches, movies & DVDs, music, musical instruments, pottery & glass, real estate, sporting goods & memorabilia, stamps, tickets, toys & hobbies and travel.

Members from all over the world buy and sell on eBay. Currently, eBay has local sites that serve Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. In addition, eBay has a presence in Latin America and China through its investments in MercadoLibre.com and EachNet, respectively.

eBay offers a wide variety of features and services that enable members to buy and sell on the site quickly and conveniently. Buyers have the option to purchase items in auction-style format or items can be purchased at fixed price through a feature called Buy-It-Now. In addition, items at fixed price are also available Half.com, an eBay company.

eBay is dedicated to its community of members, and has numerous services which enhance the trading experience. Our marketplace services include: online payments by PayPal; a wide array of Buyer and Seller tools; and the Developers Program for community members who would like to develop their own solutions.