peter m. zollman

Backpage wins Round 1 against sheriff

Noting that Backpage.com “is [in] jeopardy of disappearing” if its payment processing is cut off, a federal court judge in Chicago today granted a temporary restraining order against Cook County, Ill., Sheriff Thomas J. Dart and scheduled a hearing on Tuesday to decide whether Dart should be required to retract his letters to Visa and MasterCard that effectively cut off payments to...

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What’s the ‘new’ EBay? Read an overview

Here’s a pretty good overview on the “new” EBay — which gets back to the basics of being a marketplace now that PayPal has been sliced off. The spin-off was completed on Friday, and PayPal starts trading on Nasdaq Monday as PYPL. The overview by Katie Roof of Fox Business covers the remaining units of EBay, which is much smaller than it was on Friday and has a lower market...

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Chip Perry becomes CEO of RentPath

Updated with Apartments.com info; RentPath revenue comment From cars to apartments. Chip Perry, the founder and long-term CEO of AutoTrader.com, has jumped to another Atlanta-based classified company as its new CEO and president. He’ll be heading RentPath, a conglomeration of rental-advertising businesses that’s part-owned by Providence Equity Partners, which had an investment in...

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Sheriff’s Backpage credit cutoff backfires; site drops charges for adult-services ads

There’s an old adage in law enforcement: “Follow the money.” Sheriff Thomas J. Dart of Cook County, Ill., (the county that includes Chicago), did that very successfully in his efforts to shut down the prostitution advertising on Backpage.com. Short-term: Clearly a success. Longer term: Probably a massive failure. Dart sent a letter last week to Visa and MasterCard, urging them to stop...

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Tony Lee leaves Adicio, joins SHRM

Tony Lee, the long-time “face” of both Adicio and CareerCast, is leaving the company and joining SHRM, the Society of Human Resource Management, as VP-editorial. SHRM describes Lee as “a recognized authority on recruitment trends” and said he’ll be responsible for SHRM’s global content and editorial functions. The Washington, D.C.-area-based organization publishes HR Magazine, HR News...

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