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Yahoo and Google might be in a mortal combat with each other, but from the looks of it, Google is getting all set to take on sBay. (Charlene Li of Forrester explains it here!) There is that much talked about Google’s Pay Pal killer. (Silicon Beat […]

Yahoo and Google might be in a mortal combat with each other, but from the looks of it, Google is getting all set to take on sBay. (Charlene Li of Forrester explains it here!) There is that much talked about Google’s Pay Pal killer. (Silicon Beat has more from Meg Whitman and Eric Schmidt!) (Very informed) Silicon Valley insiders are whispering that Louis Monier, ebay’s director of advanced technology group, might be leaving online auction house’s San Jose digs, trading them in for an office further north on Highway 101 at GooglePlex in Mountain View. I am told he is going to be helping with Froogle. “I’d rather do something interesting, solve and interesting problem, than do something boring and get rich,” Monier had once said.

Few others have also hightailed it from eBay to Google, and apparently, all they’re talking about at eBay is… you guessed it… Google. Folks at Google offered up no-comment, and no word thus far from eBay. I guess they are busy running that developer’s conference? There is a weblog, powered by TypePad. They are really plugging the eBay API, much like Yahoo, Google, and Amazon! Monier is not in the speaker list? What?

Monier, in case you don’t remember is one of the super brains behind AltaVista, the uber search engine before Google became everyone’s darling. Irony is in the news that Monier is headed to a company that pretty much put the stiletto in Alta Vista! But we are short on memories and long on future in Silicon Valley. According to his bio on the Web2.0 website, “From 1995 to 1999 he was the CTO of AltaVista, introducing powerful technical innovations: the fastest Web crawler, an efficient and powerful search engine, BabelFish, the first free automated translation site on the Web, and many others.”

  1. eBay v. Google continued: Monier leaving?

    Om Malik has word, as yet unconfirmed, that Louis Monier, eBay’s director of the advanced technology group, is leaving the San Jose online auction company, and joining Google — apparently to help with Froogle. Google declined to comment to Om, and eB…

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  2. the AlwaysOn/Technorati 100

    Congrats to Russ on his appearance in the AlwaysOn/Technorati 100 list in the ‘practitioners’ category! Also to “the Scotts” (Feedster), Om, Jon, Rael, Jeremy, Robert, Matt and… well, everyone else on the list — I’ll stop before I just duplicat…

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  3. AltaVista Founder Louis Monier Moving To Google?

    When AltaVista came onto the search scene, it had all the impact for people in the way Google is thought of today. It drew raves for relevancy, comprehensiveness and came up with plenty of innovations. But it never had the proper respect from owner Dig…

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  4. I really dig the new look Om. Content on the right and the categories on the left. It makes sense for some reason. Nice!

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  5. Actually, if you’re gearing a blog toward wireless devices, having the content on the left makes more sense, because you’ll force browsers on Pocket IE, Opera Mobile and Blazer to scroll through a mountain of ads just to get to the content itself.

    Then again, to the other 98% of your audience, it does look great. =^)

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  6. This is good. EBay’s site has has looked so 1997 for years now.

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  7. [...] Louis Monier, founder of AltaVista and my good friend, is leaving ebay and joining Google. Link

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  8. well ebay may have a page thats pretty straight forward, but the google page is going to have to get updated some day…
    I would think that they want to have more content on the front page, espicially with all their new products that they are rolling out.

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    Google Stealing eBay Exec?

    Om Malik says “Valley insiders are whispering that Louis Monier, ebay’s d [...]

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  10. Monier to Google?

    Om Mailk has sources who say yes. This would be quite a return for Monier, the founder of Alta Vista, and another blow to eBay, where Monier has worked the past few years….

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  11. [...] uchtendag lijkt te zijn nog even het volgende. Om Malik, hoofdredacteur van Business Week, meldt op zijn weblog (en hij zit er vaak niet ver naast): “(…) Sili [...]

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  12. [...] uchtendag lijkt te zijn nog even het volgende. Om Malik, hoofdredacteur van Business Week, meldt op zijn weblog (en hij zit er vaak niet ver naast): “(…) Sili [...]

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  13. [...] uchtendag lijkt te zijn nog even het volgende. Om Malik, hoofdredacteur van Business Week, meldt op zijn weblog (en hij zit er vaak niet ver naast): “(…) Sili [...]

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  14. [...] 217;s Going To Google John’s got the full details. Apparently my scoop machine is still working! In Asides

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  15. Probably not that great, in the big scheme of things, but, I think you meant after yahoo, google to take on ebay, and not after ebay. http://gigaom.com/2005/06/22/after-ebay-google-to-take-on-ebay/ . Unless maybe you’re implying google will take on ebay twice. :) It could happen!

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  16. How Google’s business model can be intercepted by eBay, Yahoo or Microsoft, see an earlier post at http://www.bitpad.com. Would of left it as a trackback if I could see the option. Ash

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  17. [...] Google Talk! (Of course this could be one big load of c..p)Good work, Google Rumors. eBay flew under the Google radar long enough! In Random Access and Asides [...]

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  18. [...] Anyway this deal brings up all those issues I have been talking about for the longest time – their looming battle with Google, and the limit of the eBay network. In other words, two issues which hover over future growth like monsoon clouds. In VoIP (the New Phone) Posted Thursday, September 8, 2005 at 7:57 AM PT [...]

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  19. [...] Google just announced that Vinton (Vint) Cerf, the longtime technologist who is widely known as a “founding father” of the Internet, as Chief Internet Evangelist. This is their continuing bid to acquire the best brains in the world. Cerf, one of the founding fathers of the Internet clearly qualifies. The kind of stuff that forces Steve Ballmer to throw chairs at office walls. But reading the press release you will find elements that tie into my GoogleNet piece that ran in the last issue of Business 2.0. [...]

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  20. Hope Google does take on ebay gives some competition in the market since google has got a huge crowd of people goign to their website it shouldnt ne that hard getting them to go another site.

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  21. Ìîé áîéôðåíä ïèêàïåð, íî çà êàêèì åìó ýòî ÿ äî ñèõ ïîð íå ðàçáåðóñü. ß êðàñèâàÿ,
    äîáðàÿ (íó âñ¸ â ýòîì äóõå), à îí âñå ðàâíî ïî÷åõëèë íà òðåíèíã-ìàñòðå, ãäå ó÷àò ñîáëàçíÿòü :(.
    Ñêàæèòå ëþäè íà êàêîé õ.. åìó ýòî?

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  22. So, what’s the jist here? Is google gearing up to turn froogle into an ebay-style platform that isn’t just a money-grubbing, customer-hating rip-off center? That would be a turn for the better…

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  23. [...] AltaVista, current Director of Advanced Technologies at eBay, and all around search guru — is rumored to be leaving eBay and going to [...]

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