Googlehomeage2.bmpLots of buzz about Google’s decision to use its homepage to promote its online payment product, Google Checkout, in its continued effort to encroach upon leader PayPal.

Read/WriteWeb has details.

Google’s homepage is one of the most popular, and it has remained spartan so that anything it promotes will likely capture the eye. We’re not aware of Google doing such overt promotion before. However, when we checked Google’s homepage ourselves, we didn’t see the promotion.

So Google generates a “media story” by putting up the promotion, and then creates another one by pulling it down?