tedster - 4:04 pm on Jan 2, 2011 (gmt 0)
Sorry, Sam - there are too many assumptions in those questions. We just don't know enough about whatever this is.
Suggestive observations go back at least two years - but as far as I know, no one at Google has made any public comment about this theory to explain those observations. and it's important not to jump to any conclusions just based on a consensus, since we don't have a "smokng gun" at this point in time. Very few people have actually contributed any data to the theory so far.