tedster - 5:49 pm on Mar 5, 2011 (gmt 0)
I know some webmasters have been confused by the timing of those Adsense emails - but Google is not "a person". It's a big group of persons, collected into several sub-groups.
A lot of misunderstanding is avoided if we stop thinking about any company as "one thing". And in this case, the two teams barely speak to each other and have very different mandates. Adsense wants to sell more ads, and organic search wants end users to like the organic search results.
I don't think the two teams are "trying" to prove they are independent. I think think we're just seeing evidence that, yes, they really are independent teams whose actions are not coordinated by any master plan.