Industry hires and finance

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jobs_small.jpgADOTAS — eBay, Screaming Media and Unisfair all had news recently.

eBay has hired Dr. Eric Brill as vice president of research and applied science where he will lead the company’s existing eBay Research Labs. Brill comes to eBay most recently from Microsoft where, among other roles, he founded and led that company’s Text Mining, Search and Navigation Research Group. Prior to his 10 years at Microsoft, Brill was an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Computer Science and Center for Language and Speech Processing and has been a research scientist at MIT.

Dow Jones’ sold its news syndicator Screaming Media to content management company YellowBrix. Terms for the sale were not disclosed.

Unisfair, a virtual events company, has raised $3.1 million of a proposed $9.3 million second round of funding, according to Paid Content. Unisfair raised $10 million last year from Sequoia Capital, Norwest Venture Partners and BCS Growth Fund Israel.

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