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December 15, 2010

eBay acquires mobile application developer Critical Path Software

Accelerate improvements to the mobile experience for customers globally

By CBR Staff Writer

eBay has acquired Critical Path Software, a mobile application developer, which had worked with eBay for more than two years to help deliver mobile apps such as the eBay for iPhone app, and StubHub, eBay Classifieds and Shopping.com iPhone applications.

The Critical Path Software’s mobile development capabilities will play an integral role in enabling eBay to accelerate improvements to the mobile experience for customers globally.

eBay Mobile collaborated with Critical Path Software most recently on its mobile app, the iPhone 2.0 core eBay app, which has been downloaded by more than 14 million times since its launch in 2008.

The company said that Critical Path Software was a key contributor in developing mobile apps enabling users to buy tickets on-the-go on StubHub; search local listings on eBay Classifieds; and access more than 7,000 global merchants on Shopping.com.

eBay Marketplaces global products chief technology officer and senior vice president Mark Carges said they were serious about innovating in mobile commerce, and this acquisition underscores their commitment to bringing the very best and brightest in the field to eBay.

"Integrating the Critical Path Software team into eBay will be a big win for mobile shoppers around the world; combined with the talent on our team today, we can make shopping and selling anywhere, anytime, for almost anything, even better," Carges said.

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