Samizdata - 3:29 pm on May 12, 2011 (gmt 0)
Facebook has been caught secretly paying a top public relations firm to plant negative stories about Google in the US media.
Burson-Marsteller, one of the world's largest PR firms, attempted to get USA Today, the Washington Post and other high profile US news outlets to write scaremongering stories about Google's privacy policies.
The explosive revelation – which will seriously damage relations between the two technology giants, already bitter rivals – came to light in leaked emails late on Wednesday. Facebook later confirmed to the Daily Beast that it had hired Burson-Marsteller.
It's a jungle out there.