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eBay is testing ad placements on the Search Results page and View Item page in the U.S., according to eBay spokesperson Johnna Hoff. At least one of the ad formats eBay is testing appears near the top right of the listing page underneath the seller information. It's an interesting move on eBay's part, as it has previously had to back down from running ads on View Item pages due to outcries from sellers who pay eBay fees for the listing pages. "Through the extensive inventory provided by our sellers, buyers have tremendous opportunity to find exactly what they are

SAN FRANCISCO Hewlett-Packard has named Meg Whitman, the former eBay CEO and California candidate for governor, as its new CEO, pushing aside Leo Apotheker after just 11 months on the job. Whitman got the top spot because there are few available people with the experience to run complex technology businesses, a source familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. Apotheker is being removed because the board lost confidence in his ability to lead the company long-term. The management shake-up represents yet another turnaround strategy at one of Silicon Valleys oldest, but most publicly dysfunctional, firms. Since joining HP

Microsoft Corp. and Skype Global S.a r.l have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Skype for $8.5 billion in cash from the investor group led by Silver Lake. The agreement has been approved by the boards of directors of both Microsoft and Skype. eBay had acquired Skypein 2005 under Meg Whitman approximately $2.6 billion. It then sold 70% of Skype for $1.9 billion in 2009 to an investor group led by Silver Lake that included Index Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Investment Board in a deal valuing the business at $2.75

SAN FRANCISCO -- Procter & Gamble Co. said late Friday that it has appointed Meg Whitman , ex-CEO of eBay Inc. and former candidate for California governor, to its board. Whitman had previously served on the Procter & Gamble board between 2003 to 2008. Copyright © 2011 MarketWatch, Inc.

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