As reported by ComputerWorld
On Monday, Google announced it would throw a party in Boston on Thursday evening designed to attract eBay merchants who would be in town to attend the eBay Live annual seller conference.
The purpose of the party: protesting eBay's decision to forbid merchants in its marketplace from using Google's [Paypal alternative] "Google Checkout" online transaction system.
eBay found Google's move to be in bad taste and, at some point after the party was announced, took the drastic measure of pulling all of its ads from Google's AdWords U.S. network.
A source familiar with the situation said that eBay's decision to turn off the ads had come from the company's top executives who were steaming over what they perceived as a low blow by Google designed to embarrass eBay in front of its top merchants.
It would be hard to disagree with eBay executives' assessment, considering the mocking tone of Google's party announcement , encouraging eBay merchants to gather at the Old South Meeting House, where in 1773 mass protest meetings were held, leading to the Boston Tea Party.
"We’ll use the same spot where revolutionaries launched the Boston Tea Party to celebrate freedom with free food, free drinks, free live music -- even free massages," the official blog posting reads.
Then, this afternoon, Google unexpectedly canceled the party after its officials apparently determined they had gone too far.
I'm very suprised by this ... Google should have let them sweat. I think eBay would have been hurt MORE by not having Adsense directing users to eBay.They would have have been forced to re-evaluate the decision.
It is VERY concerning how much power eBay has over freedom of speech on the internet and even more concerning how they claim all of the fraudulent activity that goes on on their own site - that is "uncontrollable" or "acceptable within a certain tolerance".
I would consider Google the ONLY company capable of giving ebay an attitude adjustment ... this news is a big let down.