Will the internet giants learn to play nice? Don’t bet on it.
From today’s Financial Times: “The four dominant internet groups – Google, Yahoo, eBay and Amazon – will increasingly focus on their core activities rather than compete with each other head-on, according to Meg Whitman, eBay’s chief executive. ‘I think we will end up specializing,’ she told the FT in an interview yesterday.”
Later in the same interview, Whitman described eBay’s new Express site: “It will pull together the new and in-season items in a fixed-price format … If, for example, you want a gift that you need in a couple of days you might just want to get in and out, and this will provide a more convenience-orientated shopping experience.”
Hmm. Isn’t that Amazon’s business?