tedster - 2:58 pm on Jul 7, 2010 (gmt 0)
I'm not sure why this story is hitting the news cycle again - there's no movement on this case that I can see, and it began several months ago.
For some background, here's one earlier discussion about this case [webmasterworld.com]. A couple point jump out for me:
From a Telegraph article: "Whereas these penalties used to be reserved for spam, or sites caught attempting to cheat Google’s algorithms, they are now increasingly targeted at perfectly legitimate vertical search and directory services."
From mack's comment: "Out of the three companies involved one is owned by Microsoft and another receives funding from Microsoft... I honestly see no benefit to the user of being sent to a directory from a results page."
Here is some other coverage from the BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8533551.stm]Google faces European competition inquiry [news.bbc.co.uk]