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Hackers Post Fake Notice On Google Blog

A bug enabled the fake notice to be posted. The bug was fixed, and the notice was taken down a day after it went up.

A bug in Blogger enabled an unauthorized user to post a bogus notice on the Google Blog Saturday, claiming Google Inc. discontinued its AdWords click-to-call test with eBay Inc.

The bug was fixed and fake notice promptly removed from the site, according to a Google blog post that appeared late Sunday.

The click-to-call test is "progressing on schedule, and we're pleased with the results thus far," the new post from Google reads.

The fake post headline said "Google Click-to-Call project cancelled." The copy went on to explain: "Google has decided not to continue with Google Click-to-call project. The project has been in the media on last days because of the notice of Google agreement with eBay. We finally consider click-to-call agreement with eBay a monopolistic approach that would damage small companies in the CRM area."

Google began testing the service in November 2005, and later signed a multiyear contract with eBay for service through its Internet telephony.

Google and eBay in August unveiled a multiyear agreement that makes Google the exclusive provider of text-based advertising outside the United States, and extends both companies' Internet telephony services onto each other's platforms, Google Talk, and Skype Technologies SA., respectively.

The fake Google post on Blogger also took one other shot at the search engine giant. It said: the "message has been translated using Google language tools."

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