eBay’s Hani Durzy told IDG news:
“This is a regular thing we do across the different channels we use for
marketing, but, having said that, we are disappointed that Google has
chosen this time to detract from our annual event that gives online
sellers a chance to learn how to grow their business in eBay and in
other channels,” Durzy said. “It’s not the kind of activity one partner
normally does with another.”
I like how he says in the first part they aren’t related and then spends the rest of the paragraph talking about how the party stinks.
The reporter smokes this out here:
However, a source familiar with the situation said the move is an angry
reaction by eBay’s management to Google’s decision to hold a protest
party concurrent with the start of eBay Live, the company’s annual
conference for merchants. Google has been reaching out to media to
promote the party, aimed at eBay merchants who are upset that eBay
doesn’t allow them to use Google’s Checkout online transaction system.
eBay Live begins Thursday evening in Boston, which is the time and
place Google has chosen for its protest party.
You can read the entire article here.