Early Days Of a Data-Sharing Revolution " And next week, a Chicago company plans to start selling a $36 mini-scanner dubbed "iPilot" that shoppers can use to scan bar codes on products in stores, then upload the data to a computer and compare prices at Amazon.com.
All are examples of how Web sites, relying on a new generation of Internet software, are licensing their databases to business partners and outside developers in an attempt to spark innovation and reach more customers.
"In the past six to nine months, we have started ramping up the program to license eBay's data," eBay Vice President Randy Ching said."
iPilot hey? You'd think with millions of venture capital the least you could do would be better than combining Apple's and Palm's product names.