eBay Unveils New Developer Platform

by Cynthia Harvey

The eBay X.commerce platform will offer back-end tools to help retailers build new applications.

At eBay's developer conference, the company introduced X.commerce, a new group of technologies designed to help developers create retail applications. The tools will help develop apps aimed at strengthening companies' online, mobile and social networking presence. The X.commerce platform builds on tools offered through PayPal and other companies recently acquired by eBay, including Milo, Red Laser and Magento.

This move into back-end technology by eBay is sharply different than the strategy of the other major online retailer, Amazon.com, which is turning its attention to digital media distribution and mobile hardware.

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This article was originally published on Wednesday Oct 12th 2011
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