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Online giant eBay is aiming to expand its operations in the Seattle region — becoming the latest Silicon Valley company to boost its presence here as the technology job market heats up.

No official details yet from eBay, but GeekWire is hearing from multiple sources that the company is close to finalizing a lease to move its office from one Redmond building to a larger space down the road, more than doubling in size in the process.

The plans come amid a report that eBay will be increasing its rivalry with by launching its own shipping service, competing with the Seattle e-commerce company’s fulfillment operations.

In making the move to a larger space, eBay would become the latest in a string of Silicon Valley companies to open new offices or expand in the Seattle region — including Facebook, Zynga,, and Google. The influx of companies into the region has contributed to tougher competition for top tech talent among startups and larger tech companies.

The word is that eBay is planning to lease 25,000 square feet of space in the Opportunity Building in Redmond, moving from approximately 12,000 square feet in the nearby Millennium Corporate Park. We’re in touch with an eBay representative and hope to find out more about its expansion plans. Stay tuned for any updates.

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