Google and eBay Create Advertising Alliance

Google and eBay have today announced a new business partnership which will see the two companies work closely on new advertising over the next few years.

While eBay has a deal with Yahoo for ads that are shown domestically, the new deal sees Google providing ads for eBay’s international sites.

In addition, the two companies plan to work together on a pay-per-call service.

The companies said they would use Skype and Google Talk, the search engine’s instant messaging and voice-over-Internet telephone service, to build a search function that lets Web surfers launch Internet phone calls to eBay merchants or Google advertisers by clicking on ads.

Interesting that back in May, eBay and Yahoo announced that they too would work together on a pay-per-call model, but I guess that never worked out. From May’s release…

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What Can the Tooth Fairy Teach Us About Business

I’ve never known anyone to absorb business books and implement their ideas, as much as my good friend, and on- and off- co-worker, Ben Wills.

He’s putting together a series of training videos that teach different business ideas. The first includes includes references to tooth fairies – when was the last time you watch a business lesson that included mythical winged pixies!

Here’s Ben’s summary of his first video…

In this session, we define the purpose of a business, and how that purpose is fulfilled. We also logically continue to define that valuable relationships are the key to a successful organization, and that effective communication then becomes essential. We continue even further to define that language is the keystone to communication, and explore various understandings of how language constructs the realities in which we and others decide to move within.

Search Queries Offer Clues on Health of Real Estate Market?

Bill Tancer is not surprised by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) announcement that existing home sales dropped in July. He points to the decline in the number of people searching for “homes for sale” and plots the two sets of data on one chart. Interesting…

Dont’ panic, Bill tells Reuters that we’re in for a rebound in August.

Google Has Too Much Money

The Washington Post highlights an unusual problem for Google – it has too much money!

Companies whose securities make up more than 40 percent of their assets can fall under restrictions that govern the mutual fund industry. So Google, which has increased its cash and securities to almost $10 billion since its 2004 initial public offering, asked the Securities and Exchange Commission late last month for an exemption.

Google hopes to get an exemption, similar to the one Microsoft acheived in 1988.

Legal Battle in Video Streaming Industry

Just how hot is the video streaming business right now? Well, forget YouTube and Google Video, they’re lightweights compared to Akamai ($283m revenue in 2005) and Limelight ($15m in Q2 of this year).

Akamai is now suing Limelight for unspecified damages, alleging that the company’s technology infinges on its patents.

Akamai is suing Limelight for alleged patent infringement, seeking unspecified damages and a permanent injunction to shut down Limelight’s operations. And it is bringing attention to the troubled past of one of Limelight’s founders, William Rinehart.

Experts believe the suit has merit and that Limelight should be worried. Consumers should also care about the outcome, Limelight counts both YouTube and MySpace as clients.

Become a Fan of Fanpop

What do you get when you add one part Digg, one part, MySpace, one part del.icio.us; mix ingredients and bake at 400F for 15 minutes? You get Fanpop of course!

Battelle likes the new concept and I have to admit that by combining the best features of other popular sites, Fanpop has a great chance of standing-out in a crowded social networking space.

Here’s how Fanpop describes itself…

Fanpop is a network of “social portals” called spots that are created for fans by fans. Share your favorite links and meet fellow fanatics. Find out what other fans are surfing on the web with “social browsing”.

Fanpop obviously knows it still needs the help of the reigning social bookmarking champs in order to become popular – each page has a “bookmark on del.icio.us” link! ;-)