According to The Journal, the two-track discussions that began last fall could result in an alliance in which eBay would increase ad spending with its partner and furnish access to the plethora of information it has garnered about its customers. The partnership could involve a merger.
At the same time, eBay is mulling offers from Google to work more closely. Earlier this year, the newspaper reports, Google suggested that Google run ads on eBay sites and find a way to promote Skype, eBay's Internet phone service.
"Indecision within eBay will probably delay any conclusion," The Journal's Mylene Mangalindan and Robert Guth write. "Some eBay insiders think Google's momentum is widening its technology edge. Others say that building closer ties to Google would be like 'letting the fox into the henhouse.'"