I had just finished writing up some code to implement PayPal into a billing system, when Google launched “Google Checkout”. While reading up on the implementation guide, I was wondering how long until eBay felt threatened by it. PayPal is extremely stagnant. It doesn’t handle many of the cool things Google Checkout can (PayPal cart is virtually useless).
Well, I have my answer. eBay decided to just block it. Rather lame. This will either up being settled very quickly, or end up in court.
I guess my next question “can they standardize the interfaces so programming to use a service is just a matter of a new url?” is something I can answer myself.