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The company spoke to Google Inc earlier this year about a possible sale, the Journal reported, adding that it wasn't clear whether the talks are continuing. Square also had informal discussions about a deal with Apple and eBay Inc's PayPal in the past, but those conversations never developed into serious talks, the Journal said.
eBay rose$. 79 or 1.5 percent, to $54.69. Groupon Inc. rose$. 02 or. 3 percent, to $7.10. LinkedIn Corp. rose$. 92 or. 5 percent, to $171.82.
eBay rose$. 50 or. 9 percent, to $54.40. Groupon Inc. fell$. 03 or. 4 percent, to $7.05. LinkedIn Corp. fell $1.46 or. 9 percent, to $169.44.
eBay rose$. 42 or. 8 percent, to $54.32. Groupon Inc. fell$. 18 or 2.5 percent, to $6.91. LinkedIn Corp. fell $2.51 or 1.5 percent, to $168.39.
eBay rose$. 52 or 1.0 percent, to $53.98. Groupon Inc. fell$. 01 or. 1 percent, to $6.94. Yahoo rose$. 58 or 1.8 percent, to $33.45.
eBay rose$. 50 or. 9 percent, to $53.96. Groupon Inc. rose$. 06 or. 9 percent, to $7.01. LinkedIn Corp. rose$. 73 or. 4 percent, to $166.51.
eBay fell$. 13 or. 2 percent, to $53.34. Groupon Inc. fell$. 01 or. 1 percent, to $6.94. LinkedIn Corp. rose $1.65 or 1.0 percent, to $167.43.
eBay fell$. 62 or 1.1 percent, to $53.46. Groupon Inc. fell$. 11 or 1.6 percent, to $6.95. LinkedIn Corp. fell $4.21 or 2.5 percent, to $165.78.
eBay rose$. 21 or. 4 percent, to $54.29. Groupon Inc. fell$. 07 or 1.0 percent, to $6.99. LinkedIn Corp. fell $1.75 or 1.0 percent, to $168.25.
EBay shares rose 18 cents to $54.26 in morning trading. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has been pushing eBay to spin off PayPal, a mobile payment business that is growing faster than the rest of the company.
DAKAR, April 11- Entrepreneurs are central to bridging Africa's widening inequality gap but most governments on the continent are not doing enough to help them, the regional head of billionaire Pierre Omidyar's philanthropic arm said.
*Plenty of room to grow in France, Spain. OSLO, April 11- High-flying Norwegian media and classifieds firm Schibsted plans to keep expanding and sees a shift to mobile platforms as the advertising sector's next transformation, its chief executive said.
Activist investor Carl Icahn and eBay chief executive John Donahoe named a banker at JPMorgan Chase, as the one who ended their ugly battle.
SAN FRANCISCO/ NEW YORK, April 10- Carl Icahn backed off calls for eBay Inc to spin out its fast-growing PayPal payments unit on Thursday, after the billionaire investor failed to drum up support from the e-commerce company's major shareholders. Icahn withdrew his two nominees to eBay's board ahead of the company's annual meeting in May.
It's Talking Squawk, the official "Squawk Box" blog, this week with Bill Miller on bitcoin, a truce between eBay and Carl Icahn, and Sam Zell on taxes.
U.S. stocks fell Thursday, with Wall Street pausing after a two-session win streak.
Op-ed: When activist investors like Carl Icahn push a company to spend their cash or make board changes, there's a question they should ask first.
Carl Icahn and eBay struck a deal for Icahn to end his demand the company sell a minority stake in its PayPal unit to shareholders. CNBC's Scott Wapner provides insight into his interview with Icahn on "Fast Money Halftime Report."
A deal to stave off a proxy fight with eBay was a win-win situation, activist investor Carl Icahn says.
Some of Thursday's midday movers: