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Eric Schmidt Speaks at the Bear Sterns Conf. alvin123 msg:1235048 3:55 am on Mar 3, 2005 (gmt 0) Talks about the "recent controversy over the auto link feature, if the end user likes it, we'll make it better, and if they hate it, then we just won't do it."
Mentions that there is, "end user seasonality during the summer months", but "there is still strong demand for all keywords".
vitaplease msg:1235049 7:45 am on Mar 3, 2005 (gmt 0)
for the autolink snippet: scroll to 18.25 minutes
Schmidt does not address the controversy. Given Google's potential toolbar market power, the controversy is about if it is decent to offer options to alter and lead away from publishers content, without the publishers consent. Enduser satisfaction is something else.
mrMister msg:1235050 10:10 am on Mar 3, 2005 (gmt 0)
Webmasters who don't like the feature should just block it out...