Trouble in Paradise – eBay and Google have their first major blue

June 17th, 2007

Anyone that uses Google will know that eBay is a major major client of Google Adsense – you’ll see any number of adsense ads for products sold on eBay almost any time you do a search.

In their first major spat eBay and Google has come to blows over an inevitable conflict of interest – Google has recently launched a payment system (Google Checkout) that competes with the eBay owned ‘Paypal’.

In a case of probably going a bit far, Mountain View based Google decided to rent an entire restauraunt across the road from a major eBay event in Boston to try and ‘educate’ eBay officianados about the benefits of their payment alternative.

After a fair bit of sabre rattling from eBay (and the withdrawal of a large proportion of their advertising contribution), Google has backed down and cancelled the soiree.

Let the games begin!



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