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Tuesday, June 19, 2007


Damon Billian

Hi Dave,

Probably not the smartest move - but one that is probably somewhat understandable. I know that some folks at Google looked at PayPal's backend before Checkout went live, that they pinced away some talent from the Fraud dept. at PayPal, and that they did promise not to be in direct competition with PP (the move looks like one designed to be a direct competitive threat).

That being said,while I may be somewhat biased, I still think the PayPal product has far more functionality than Google's product.

Note: I don't think pulling folks from the convention was a good move. Pulling the advertising from Google, however, may not be as bad as some think (many product searches on google link to ebay on the first page of results).

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