Posted May 9, 2007 8:20 am by with 9 comments

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Tech CEO’s are a tricky bunch. Whenever asked about deals or new products, their speech is littered with words such as “no plans” or “not currently.” That’s usually enough to send journalists packing or get bloggers talking (especially this one).

So when in April eBay CEO Meg Whitman dismissed the rumors they were acquiring Stumbleupon with the statement that eBay “had nothing on the docket right now,” that pretty much killed rumors.

Well, today those same rumors surface thanks to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

EBay Inc. is in advanced talks to acquire StumbleUpon Inc…according to people familiar with the matter…the potential price for a deal is in the range of $75 million, these people say. One of the people said that no final agreement has been reached and the talks could fall apart. An eBay spokesman said the company doesn’t comment on “rumors or speculation.”

So, will it happen this time, or shall I just meet you back here in a month for the next rumor report?

  • I think you will be reporting this one again in the future…

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  • I don’t see how this would benefit eBay other than sellers Stumblin On their own products????

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  • I would suspect that they’ll eventually buy StumbleUpon, but there are most likely issues that they have to agree upon first, such as the price. I’m sure it will eventually happen.

  • Let the rumors fly! I imagine that eBay could probably buy quite a few things with the money they have coming in. I read the other day that in July of 2000, a rare baseball card sold for $1.2 million dollars. (

    I’ll be interested to see what comes of the eBay/Stumble Upon deal. Thanks for the news.

  • 2 months after the purchase (at some indeterminate point in the future)…

    “That’s strange, every third stumble is an EBay auction…”

  • Hmm .. they could build a “StumbleUpon whatever the contact you’re speaking to on Skype has considered buying off eBay in the last few days” feature

  • I have heard alot about this deal. The rumblings are indicative of a stronger StumbleUpon.