IoT
News
News
10/25/2005
09:48 PM
50%
50%
RELATED EVENTS
How to Prep for Millennials Being the Decision Makers, Are You Ready?
Aug 30, 2016
Millennials know exactly what they want and expectations are high - very high. They are empowered ...Read More>>

Google Testing Possible EBay Competition

Google confirmed that it's testing a new searchable database service, called Google Base. Google is providing few details, but the service was online several hours and at least one alert blogger snapped a screenshot.

Google on Tuesday confirmed it is testing a new service called Google Base, which could someday offer services that compete with EBay Inc.

The Google Base site was up for a short time Tuesday before it was taken down. Some bloggers, however, managed to capture a screenshot.

A company spokeswoman confirmed that the Mountain View, Calif.-based, search engine was testing a new service, but offered very few details.

"We are testing a new way for content owners to submit their content to Google, which will complement existing methods such as Web crawl and the Google Sitemaps program," she said in an email.

Google Sitemaps are tools the search engine offers to Web site operators to help improve their coverage in the search engine's index.

In a description on the Google Base site, the company described the service as "Google's database into which you can add all types of content."

"We'll host your content and make it searchable online for free," the site said.

Among the items listed as examples of what could be submitted were used cars, descriptions of a party planning service and a "database of protein structures."

The service could put Google in competition with online auctioneer EBay Inc., which recently bought a minority share of Craigslist Inc., a classified listings site, observers say. EBay, based in San Jose, Calif., bought a 25 percent stake in San Francisco-based Craigslist, which covers a wide range of categories from jobs and apartments to used cars and personals.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial Services
IT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of July 17, 2016. We'll be talking with the InformationWeek.com editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.