E-Commerce & Social Networking Week in Review March 9, 2013

Straight from the source, here’s what happened in the world of e-commerce, social networking and selling online in the past week:

  • New Tax Responsibilities for FBA Sellers
    Remember last year when Amazon sent out the letters informing FBA sellers that they might have to split and ship their inventory to multiple warehouses? Well, fast forward  to a year later and we are starting to see some of the fallout from this decision. Merchant-services vendor Outright is…
  • The Joys of Tax Season!
    March is upon us, and with it comes many things, including March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day, and, depending on where you live, early signs of Spring.  But March is also important for U.S. businesses and individuals as it’s the last full month before U.S. income tax returns are due on April…
  • Official eBay Seller Protection policy—everything you need to know about how you’re protected
    We’re committed to keeping eBay a fair and safe marketplace and the best place to sell and buy. The official eBay Seller Protection policy gives you one place to go to find all the information you need about how you are protected when you sell on eBay. The policy covers: Unpaid item protections…
  • ePN Team Contributions on the Blog
    One of the biggest benefits of having a strong team here at eBay Partner Network is being able to harness the knowledge and experience they bring to the table from their collective years in the internet marketing industry. I’m excited to announce that within the next few days you’ll…
  • Just Food For Dogs uses Google Business Photos to show off their state of the art dog kitchen
    Just Food For Dogs (JFFD) is a dog food company that produces healthy, whole foods for dogs in a human-grade dog food kitchen. In an effort to attract customers who would appreciate the care and attention they put into their high-quality dog food offerings, JFFD decided to get Google Business…
  • Support Free Expression: Vote for the Netizen of the Year
    One in three Internet users suffers from restricted access to the web due to government censorship, filtering or online surveillance, according to the free expression advocacy group Reporters Without Borders. Around the world, bloggers and cyber-dissidents are jailed for expressing their views….
  • eBay’s New Homepage Opens to Mixed Reviews
    As Ebay rolled out its new homepage for buyers this week, the reviews started trickling in. While some think that the new homepage fails to impress, others believe that its about time eBay got away from their antiquated look. Before we get into some of the changes, I will say that after viewing the…
  • Unleashing the TED Talk Within
    Over the last few years, there has been a single high-profile destination for leading thinkers and experts to share their ideas: the TED Conference, a four-day festival of ideas and the arts, devoted to solving the largest problems our society faces. Featuring the career-altering opportunity to…
  • Review your contact information to ensure delivery of important AdSense messages
    Throughout your journey as a publisher, we occasionally get in touch to provide information related to your participation in AdSense, such as account and product updates. Our goal is to ensure that this type of information, in addition to other types of messages you can enable like optimization…
  • Seller Stories: Rummage Sale Victories
    I am constantly amazed at the quality of items you can stumble upon when you least expect it. Recently, a group of Auctiva employees were headed across the street to a church rummage sale and asked me to come along. I had never attended a church rummage sale, but I figured I could find aRead the…
  • Autism Speaks Premieres Inspiring Documentary on YouTube
    Occasionally, we invite special guests to share their thoughts on the YouTube Blog. This guest post is from Autism Speaks about a documentary they are premiering on YouTube. The film was previously only available at small regional screenings and will now be available to viewers across the…
  • TED’s Ads Worth Spreading 2013 Winners
    Today’s guest blog post comes from Ronda Carnegie, Head of Global Partnerships from TED.

    For the third year, TED and YouTube teamed up on Ads Worth Spreading, an initiative to recognize ads that inspire, educate and engage. Today at the TED2013 conference in Long Beach, Calif., this year’s ten…

  • Grow your audience across devices with Google+ Sign-In
    Starting today, you can offer users the option to sign in to your website or mobile app with their Google credentials, and bring along their Google+ info for an upgraded experience.

    In addition to secure authentication, Google+ Sign-In includes features to accelerate app downloads and deepen…

  • DevinandErica Are Your February Featured Rising Partner!
    Congratulations to Devin and Erica, whose YouTube channel DevinandErica is our featured “On The Rise” partner this February. These loving parents have documented their family’s development, creativity and silliness on YouTube for more than three years, and today they’re featured on the YouTube…
  • An update to Twitter for Windows Phone
    Today we’re introducing a new version of Twitter for Windows Phone. In addition to a new design, which brings the app in line with other Twitter apps, this update includes several features that make it easier for you to discover and share the content that matters to you.New navigation. Four new…
  • Context Is King: Share Your Story
    From artists to activists, teachers to students, kids to grandparents, YouTube is a place for people all over the globe to share their stories. YouTube’s Community Guidelines represent the rules of the road for all of them. They state that, in general, YouTube is not a place for shocking or violent…
  • Twitter for Firefox OS
    Yesterday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Mozilla announced that 18 mobile operators from around the world will support Firefox OS, its new mobile operating system that takes advantage of the power of the web. When those devices begin to ship, Twitter for Firefox OS will be available in the…
  • Never Too Early to Splurge on Summer!
    We’ve reached that point in winter when a lot of parka-wearing, snow-shoveling, flu-fallen people are planning for … summer. It’s a funny thing about shopping for the different seasons: We can easily wait until a blizzard hits before we go out and buy those snow boots we knew we needed months ago….
  • Should you just give it away?
    What’s better than free? It might seem irrational, but one of the best ways that authors have found to gain popularity and profitability for their eBooks has been to, well, give them away. Authors have found that dropping the price of their books to $0, at least for a short time, leads to…
  • A look back at the Oscars
    Tonight was Hollywood’s biggest night for celebrating film, and Twitter hosted a global Oscars party. Whether you were cheering on your favorite nominees or just checking out behind the scenes pictures, Twitter united the audience at home with attendees at the show, bringing them closer to the…
  • iBookstore showcases indie books in new Breakout Books section
    You might notice something new on your next trip to Apple’s iBookstore: You! Independently-published books will be prominently featured as part of Apple’s new “Breakout Books” section. Featuring titles from independent authors, the section will work to highlight books that…
  • Three Amazon reports every seller should check
    Most Amazon sellers are unaware of the vast amount of amazing reports that are available to help you understand and grow your Amazon business. There are more than I can count on both hands and feet already and it seems Amazon adds a few each month, as almost every time I go to the reports [...]
  • ePN TV: Introducing Tien Huang
    This week ePN TV makes its triumphant return to the web! We’re kicking things off with a bang by introducing Tien Huang to the eBay Partner Network Team. Tien is an eBay veteran with lots of experience on the seller side of the business. In addition to working with publishers as an Account Manager,…
  • Watch the #Oscars with the stars
    Just like the movies that the awards celebrate, the Oscars show always delivers a mix of drama and comedy, suspense and surprises, and tears and cheers. As the audience in the Dolby Theatre claps, laughs, and cries, so do the viewers at home. Watching along with Twitter, you can have the best of…
  • Premio Lo Nuestro take center stage
    Awards season is in full swing, and tonight’s big show is all about celebrating the best in Latin music. The 25th annual Premio Lo Nuestro music awards show will air on Univision at 8pm ET/ PT; the red-carpet kickoff, La Noche De Estrellas, starts one hour earlier at 7pm ET/ PT. Tune in to Twitter…
  • Introducing DMARC for Twitter.com emails
    We send out lots of emails every day to our users letting them know what’s happening on Twitter. But there’s no shortage of bad actors sending emails that appear to come from a Twitter.com address in order to trick you into giving away key details about your Twitter account, or other personal…
  • YouTube Just Got Hotter: Views Added to Billboard’s Charts
    Billboard and Nielsen have shaped the core measures of success for entertainers around the world. These institutions created the standard we all look to when assessing the popularity of an artist, an album or that song you just can’t stop playing. Each week, their rankings are eagerly awaited by…
  • Understanding the Domain Validation Change
    UPDATE 2/22/13: We have added some answers to most frequently asked questions we’ll be answering over the last couple of days. We hope this is helpful.

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    Today, we have officially removed the requirement for validating your domains with eBay Partner Network. You may…

  • Mid-Winter Check-In: Are You Keeping Those Resolutions?
    It was less than two months ago that many of us were resolving to exercise more and eat less, while also outlining steps to build a more productive, effective and prosperous business in 2013.

    Whatever the individual resolutions you set on January 1st, chances are you’ve already broken some of…

  • Amazon Makes International Sales a Breeze
    For those of you who have always wanted to sell in Japan, but couldn’t because of the language barrier, or simply because of the expense involved with customs and international shipping, your time has come! As announced in Amazon’s FBA January newsletter, they have rolled out several changes which…
  • Seller Stories: You Never Know What’s Gonna Sell
    I have been selling on eBay casually for about five years, and I have found that you never know what will sell fast and what will sit on your “shelf.” I mostly sell toys, action figures to be specific. I collect them, and I have sold some of the older figures I no longer wanted.Read the…
  • A-Pop Channel Brings the Best Pop From Asia to You
    Over the past seven years, YouTube has become a global stage where music lovers can follow their top bands and find new favorite artists. After all, it wasn’t so long ago that K-Pop exploded with PSY’s “Gangnam Style” becoming the first YouTube video to hit 1 billion views. Similar music movements…
  • A friendly reminder about password security
    Over the past couple of days, there’s been a fair amount of conversation about account security on Twitter. We thought we’d take advantage of this moment to remind you of best practices around passwords – both on Twitter and on the Internet generally.

    Use a strong password. Your password should be…

  • This week on Twitter – 18 February
    On most Mondays, we post “This week on Twitter” to alert you to key things happening in the coming week. Whether it’s a live chat with the cast of your favorite TV show, a Q&A with a political candidate or a pro sports team Tweepstakes, keep current about can’t-miss moments on Twitter in the…

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