Google Checkout Banned By eBay
Pro-SEO were notified by someone reading a /. article that eBay have added Google Checkout to their list of banned payment methods (click 'show' next to 'some examples')
So, Why would they do this? The obvious answer is that eBay own paypal and want to limit their competitions influence in the online payment industry. But we can read a lot more into this, It means paypal must be very frightened by the "big dog" that is google stepping in on what has been for some time their turf.
No doubt in a day or two we will get an official reason from eBay (paypal) why they have placed this ban on Google Checkout, It will probably be something along the lines of they think that Google Checkout is new, and as such shouldn't be trusted straight away.
We may also see some legal action from google against eBay for breaking some kind of anti-competition law.
Personally i think eBay have done themselves no favors by publicly announcing that they are terrified of google checkout. It sends the message that they aren't very confident in their own business model.
Update: It has also been noted by a number of SEO and webmaster forums that eBay have also changed the name of the policy from "Safe payments" to "Accepted Payments" could this be a friendly approach so as to not offend Google, Or could it be a strategical one to lessen Googles ability to sue under anti-trust laws?