eBay Acquires Search Technology Company

eBay has acquired Positronic, Inc., a company that uses artificial intelligence technology to improve search from a user experience point of view.

The official eBay blog announced the acquisition and confirmed rumours that Christopher Payne, co-founder of Positronic, joined eBay as VP of Search and fellow co-founder Dane Glasgow joined eBay as VP of Engineering.

Last year eBay globally launched a major new search system, dubbed Finding 2.0, and a controversial new sorting algorithm, called Best Match. The new features were aimed at improving the relevance of search results for buyers, but some sellers complained that their listings had become impossible to find.

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