SearchBuzz News Briefs: Not Such a Surprise: eBay Bans Google Checkout

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eBay , which owns payment system PayPal , has publicly announced that it will not allow the Google Checkout as a payment program on its site. Google, incidentally, does not allow PayPal as a payment for AdWords.

Wunderman Acquires Search Competency

Wunderman , a WPP firm, has recently acquired interactive agency ZAAZ, whose services include search engine marketing and optimization.

Thinking about some Changes…and Partnerships

Think Partnership Inc. has announced a management shift, including the hires of Stan Antonuk as chief operating officer and John Linden as chief technology officer. Think's current COO, George Douaire, also has a new role as president of the consumer services division in preparation of a proposed sale, as previously announced. In a second release, the firm stated that shareholders sold about 3.2 million common shares and warrants to buy about 3.1 million common shares to private investors.

Speaking of partnerships, interactive agency Enlighten has joined with SEM firm Efficient Frontier to automate paid search bid management. Read the full story here.

You Know Search is Big When…

Popular media and celebrity blog Gawker comments on the New York Times' John Batelle reference and then makes light of its own top keyword referrers. In other news, parent company Gawker Media is reported to be selling off or closing a few of its blogs to focus on those with greater potential.

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