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    Google Cancels 'Freedom' Party To Appease eBay
    Google's call to "Let Freedom Ring" sounds like a repudiation of censorship. In fact, it was Google's challenge to eBay to accept Google Checkout.

    Google had planned to host its Google Checkout Freedom Party in Boston today in conjunction with the commencement of the eBay Live developer conference. The company wants to rally support among eBay sellers sold on processing their online sales using Google Checkout, something eBay, as the owner of the competing PayPal service, doesn't allow.

    Google's cry for freedom, however, only freed Google from eBay ad revenue. The online auction site reportedly canceled its search ad purchases in response to Google's agitation.
    http://www.informationweek.com/manag...leID=199904488

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    Thanks for the article. It was a pretty interesting read. It makes you wonder why Google wanted to put the pressure on eBay in the first place. Did they really think eBay was just going to roll over and take it?

    It will be interesting to see how this unfolds. I wouldn't mind seeing the gloves come off!
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    to funny....did G think they bought paypal because they liked the name...wake the f up g

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    I just caught that too. Pretty interesting timing with the PPC fallout.

    Wonder if the min bids go down now? Sure looks like they are gone.
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    I did several searches for things I knew eBay ads came up for (although they come up for damn near anything you search for, regardless of what it is) and I haven't seen one yet. I'm sure that's a nice little chunk of change that's missing now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mobilebadboy
    I'm sure that's a nice little chunk of change that's missing now.
    No doubt. While I applaud going up against someone like eBay, you'd think they would have calculated it a bit better. But it seems obvious from their quick cancellation of the event that they didn't anticipate this sort of response by eBay.

    If you're going to go head on with a giant, you had better think out your contingencies! Especially if that giant is the largest advertiser on your network...
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    This makes Google a big wimp.
    If you host an alternative party and call it "Freedom Party", you gotta stick with it no matter what.

    I don't think eBay's pulling their ads on Google will hurt G's bottomline much. eBay's also losing revenue that those ads have generated.

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    I've heard that E is G's #1 customer, so that would be a dent!

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    Apparently eBay is a bunch of wusses like Google.

    Ads are back and rolling on G (not sure how long they have been, just checked tonight).

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    I think they made their point, and they effectively humbled Google. I don't see any reason why they shouldn't put their ads back up, their statement being clear: "Try to force our hand and we'll drop the bottom out of your stock."
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