walkman - 6:39 pm on May 7, 2011 (gmt 0)
Think about this:
How much e-commerce passes through Google serps.
Google can make or break any online company (organic Serps vs. expensive paid adwords)
Google says we can handle this and handle it fairly.
So the question is how do we know?
Free speech or "Google doesn't owe you anything" even if it works in court, doesn't fly in real life. And with a near monopoly different rules apply so the free speech might even be out of the question, especially if it's free $peech ;).
Tedster, I think that Goog took away a lot of their revenue with Google ads and is not being replaced by Google sending clicks. 'Google offers' might be one of the last nails in the coffin. Google tried to feed them some panda hastily but they are going for the jugular. Nothing personal, just business. Google rode the press for a good 10 years, not it's going full circle, minus many small web people to support and defend them.