Google Testing Payment System, Avoids PayPal Comparison

I’m really curious as to why Google is so touchy when it comes to questions about whether their new payment processing system will challenge PayPal.

“It’s not like PayPal at all,” Schmidt said when asked about “GBuy”…”It makes no sense for us to go into businesses that are occupied by existing leaders,” he said. “We want to solve new problems in the payments space.”

Google contends the new service is designed to help marketers collect money and is not aimed at the consumer-to-consumer market occupied by PayPal.

Why not? Why is Google so afraid to compete with PayPal? Anyone have an idea?

Google’s Eric Schmidt Interview Video

Joanne Lipman, Condé Nast Portfolio editor-in-chief recently interviewed Google CEO, Eric Schmidt. View the video here.

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Google Adds Dayparting to AdWords

Google has today officially launched dayparting for AdWords, or as they call it “ad scheduling”.

The new feature allows advertisers to automatically adjust their bids, pause and resume campaigns, all based on the time of day or the day of the week.

It’s certainly a feature that advertisers have been requesting for a long time and it’s great to see Google rolling out such a valuable update.

Watch for AdWords advertisers realizing how much they can fine-tune their campaigns. If they know they reach a greater audience during lunch breaks, they can ramp up bids between 12-1 eastern, then again, when the west-coast takes lunch. If they know their TV commercials will run during the evening news, they can set their ads to capture anyone heading to the net. The possibilities are endless!

Official Google Analytics Blog

Our friends over at Google Analytics have decided it’s time to jump-in to the blogosphere and start having their voice heard. So now, you’ll be able to go there for the official word, here for the unofficial word, and I’ll be here to add my normal unsolicited 2 cents. ;-)

SunRocket Takes Responsibility for Everyday Hogwash

Just got off the phone with SunRocket’s Director of Public Relations, Brian Lustig. It was an interesting conversation, with Lustig telling me that while SunRocket accepts they are ultimately responsible for the “Everyday Hogwash” campaign failure, they feel GMD Studios (who organized the contest) didn’t exactly run the campaign how they had hoped.

Lustig tells me that GMD Studios claimed that they had experienced issues with their voicemail, incoming and outgoing email and that’s why the SunRocket contest apparently collapsed with neither the judges of entrants getting paid. He called GMD Studios “very unprofessional”.

Anyway, good news for Everyday Hogwash judges and entrants. Lustig tells me that all judges will get paid in the next few days and, if they are willing, will be asked to select a grand prize winner for the contest. The winner will get the $5,000 prize money, and the other 11 finalists will also receive something to help get rid of what Lustig calls the “bad taste”.

MySpace Looking for a Search Partner

MySpace has realized it needs a better search engine function and is out looking for a potential partner.