Learning from the Craigslist-eBay Mess

Lawsuits pitting the online classified and e-commerce giants should make prospective partners think hard before seating a rival on the board

Frenemies be afraid. Alliances with would-be competitors can be perilous. Nowhere in techdom is that clearer than in the battle now brewing between e-commerce giant eBay (EBAY) and classified site Craigslist. Fallout from the companies' legal dispute could serve as an object lesson for other tech companies considering teaming up with a rival.

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