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Kijiji (// kee-JEE-jee; Swahili: [kiˈʄiʄi], village) is a centralized network of online urban communities for posting local online classified advertisements. It is a subsidiary of eBay launched in March 2005. Kijiji websites are available for more than 300 cities in Canada, Italy, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Kijiji was made available to selected cities in the United States on June 29, 2007, but was changed to eBay Classifieds in 2010.
Kijiji offers similar services and is seen as a competitor to Craigslist with the biggest differences being that Kijiji gets much less U.S. traffic and has an extensive pets section. Kijiji's owner eBay is also a minority shareholder in Craigslist. In April 2008, eBay launched a lawsuit against Craigslist claiming that their executives were attempting to weaken eBay's investment, while in May of the same year, Craigslist filed a countersuit claiming Kijiji had stolen trade secrets and that eBay used misleading tactics to promote the service.
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At that time[when?] Marktplaats.nl[who?] had branched out into Spain, Germany, Turkey and Canada under the brandname Intoko. Intoko Spain merged with LoQUo, Intoko Germany merged with Kijiji Germany. Intoko Canada merged with Kijiji Canada. Intoko Turkey migrated to the Kijiji platform and is operating as Intoko.Kijiji.com.tr. In May 2005 eBay acquired Gumtree, which offers a similar service for cities in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland, Hong Kong, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Spanish company LoQUo. One month later it acquired OpusForum.org, another website offering online classifieds in Germany. In July 2006, Klaus Gapp, the founder of OpusForum, noted that after its acquisition it had "merged with its new Kijiji classifieds business in the German speaking markets of Austria, Germany and Switzerland."
In 2009, the Kijiji Germany website had changed its names to eBay Kleinanzeigen.[when?]
In February 2010, Kijiji withdrew its personals section in the United States and Canada.
In March 2010, eBay unveiled a new classifieds site, called eBay Classifieds, to replace its old site, Kijiji, in the United States.
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