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EBay to MSFT, Yahoo: Let's Circle the Wagons Against dem Google Injuns

By - April 21, 2006

The Journal has the story: EBay Talks to Microsoft, Yahoo About a Common Foe: Google

From the piece, which requires paid subscription:

EBay Inc. is talking to both Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. to determine whether one of them might be a worthy ally against a common threat: Google Inc.

After years of working closely with the search giant, eBay last year became alarmed as Google started assaulting its turf in multiple ways. In one case, Google launched a classified-advertising service that competes directly with eBay’s online auctions and other listings.

This is driven, of course, by Base, but also by Talk and other apps. The Times has a report that is free, covering the Journal news.

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  • Brock

    Ooh, I hope one of these companies takes E*bay up on the offer. That way Google will have one less competitor to worry about. The management that brought up the Skype buy-out and the inability to see Google Payments from a mile away could knock YHOO or MSFT right out of the running.

  • SorenG

    I remember reading that some years back, when Meg Whitman got on board, eBay explored selling itself to Yahoo and AOL. For various reasons, they could not work out a deal. Seems to me that a Yahoo/eBay merge or partnership is more likely. It must be quite a wake-up call for eBay, as I think they were initially big fans of Google (and used them much more than MSFT or Yahoo). Now, there one “friend” may turn out to be a foe.

    Is the problem that Google is just too damn aggressive and hungry, or is it that they are too successful? Yahoo started Yahoo Auctions and I don’t think eBay had a problem with that. So it may be true that with success too often comes fewer and fewer friends. With the likes of Yahoo, MSFT, and eBay teaming up . . . that is quite a powerful force. Maybe it is eBay’s way of saying, “Be careful not to get too close to our turf, or we will gather others to take you on.”

  • http://mcmanus.typepad.com/ Jeffrey McManus

    To Google, eBay is a large customer first, and a competitor a distant second.

  • http://www.laweo-dessous.de V.Piras

    >>Yahoo started Yahoo Auctions and I don’t think eBay had a problem with that.

    Thats right because the most vivitors come over googles search .
    How it looks, when ebay is kicked out the google index ? Ebay is using massive keyword stuffing and more seo-optimizations against the guideline of google.