eBay announced plans earlier this week that it will start rolling out its eBay Now same-day delivery service in London,England. The pilot program is scheduled to begin in 2014 in partnership with Argos, a UK-based retailer. This announcement is eBay Now’s first step into the international market after the program was released last year in New York and San Francisco. The Argos partnership will mean that the retailer will adopt eBay’s “Click and Collect” program on a trial basis and we can this spread to over 150 locations in the UK. This means that in those 150+ locations, like in the US, people will be able to eBay items and pick them up at local Argos outlets. For now, eBay says that this program will start off with 50 merchants in the UK and will expand as needed.
Although this might seem new, this new delivery program has been seen before, most notably by Amazon with its’ own same-day delivery and locker pick-up service which is available in both the US and UK. Google has also started to experiment with this idea, but only in San Francisco for the time being. all three companies have even made their own apps so you can buy on-the-go and eBay has also released the eBay Now app for android and iOS and are available for download and use.
“The end is upon us my friends! Google will sell Facebook ads!”
That is the overall reaction of the internet on this issue. While most think that this is a very bad idea for the public, for Google and Facebook, this is quite beneficial, and interesting as well. Google and Facebook have had quite a rivalry over the years and with this announcement it is leading many to believe that they might be coming to terms with one another.
The announcement came on Friday, where Google stated that its DoubleClick unit will soon be able to buy inventory on Facebook Exchange via DoubleClick’s Bid Manager. What is interesting is that Facebook Exchange’s retargeted ads analyze a users behaviour outside of Facebook, with the aim to provide richer, and less spam-like adds to your stream so you can see ads based on things you like or are interested in.
While it is not completely clear why these two tech giants decided to team up, but this partnership will definitely help out both companies. The mere fact that the online advertising industry’s powerhouse, DoubleClick, and Facebook Exchange’s enticing offering for ad buyers will make this an interesting time for Facebook and its one billion+ users.
As much as everyone would love this to be a Darth Vader versus Yoda, ’tis not to be. But in the land of the titans, Google and Microsoft seem to battle it out the best way: by creating the most extravagant and advanced technology for our consumerist pleasure. Although this head-to-head battle is very interesting to see, but in the search engine spectrum, it has sure been a wild ride.
At the current moment, Google is the head-honcho in search engines, with Bing trailing right behind it. Although they both are taking search engines in two different directions, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stated recently that that is exactly how he wants it. In a recent statement he noted: “I do believe that Google’s practices are worthy of discussion with competition authority, and we have certainly discussed them with competition authorities,”
Microsoft has tried their hardest to integrate Outlook and MSN into Bing to make it more user friendly, which has actually worked, and according to recent figures which show that Bing boasts 17.9 per cent of the market, while google leads with 67 cents. While this doesn’t seems like much, it is definitely an improvement since it’s creation in 2009. Bing has substantially gained ground and seem to continually push forward and a very nice growth rate.
With Microsoft having their own operating system, messenger, email, and now phone line, it is believed that we will see Bing and other Microsoft services not only become household services, as well as products. With this acquisition it is also expected to see many of Nokia’s patented technologies incorporated into Microsofts already existing services and technologies.