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Fri Apr 10 2009 11:57:04

eBay's Farhang Kassaei Talks about Open Platform

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay's platform architect, Farhang Kassaei, talks about eBay's recent launch of Selling Manager Applications beta in a video interview with Google's Chris Schalk. The video was taken at the recent Web 2.0 Expo.

Farhang discusses eBay's decision to support the gadgets specification as defined within OpenSocial. "Using the concept of gadget containers, developers are able to take existing gadgets and re-mix and re-use them in innovative new ways across the Web." (Warning, as you might have guessed, this is a video for developers and other such geeks.)





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eBay's Farhang Kassaei Talks about Open Platform   eBay's Farhang Kassaei Talks about Open Platform

by: EventHorizon1984

Mon Apr 13 06:56:44 2009

A mostly scripted public relations talk using technical language.

a) An oblique admission by eBay, that eBay is unable to develop all these applications in house.
b) eBay has nothing definitive as to what to do with the gadget code. Repeating the mantra 'what benefits sellers benefits eBay' gives the impression that eBay is waiting for developers to ''tell'' eBay what do with the technology. Note where Farhang Kassaei asks what eBay should do.
c) eBay is reaping the benefits of open source development, by taking changes done free.  See Point (a).

More could be written, but let's say this has all the look of another San Dimas-type development.


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