Every other Google has local preferences; Google.co.uk favors either UK hosting, or .co.uk in preference to .com or outside-UK hosting - Other Googles have similar behaviour.
Google .com is BOTH the local service for the US (there is no separate Google.us) AND the global Google service.
If you do not like that, there is an amazingly simple solution.
Clue: Use YOUR LOCAL Google - that DOES NOT favor .com - it downgrades it (unless locally hosted, when it gets treated the same). AND it doesn't favor US-hosted sites either ;)
Meanwhile, everyone else in the world DOES favor .com - hadn't you noticed? :)
Question: which is YOUR local Google? Mine's UK.
[edited by: Quadrille at 2:14 am (utc) on Jan. 12, 2007]