Google has announced two new upgrades to its Wallet service. The first feature will allow users to transfer money by e-mail, in a manner similar to eBay's PayPal, while the second allows developers to build mobile checkout services around Wallet's instant-payment features.
Web sites, such as ESPN.com and TheStreet.com that provide online games and contests to drive traffic to their sites, often run into problems when users find issues with its games. Companies need to address the problems or face vocal users who feel a partial ownership in the programs they have signed up for.
EBay's and Google's recent dispute is likely to be the first of many such battles between the two Internet giants, predicts Mark Simon, VP for industry relations at Did-it. "While the ad standoff may be over, the rivalry has really just begun," Simon writes.
Google and eBay are expanding their advertising deal to a global scale, with Google to be the exclusive provider of text advertising on eBay sites, worldwide. The deal will involve the rollout of "click-to-call" technology that will harness tools from both eBay's VoIP service Skype and Google's messaging service, Google Talk.