crobb305 - 7:36 pm on May 7, 2011 (gmt 0)
Google’s spam team studied the list...and sent this statement...“None of the links shared by The New York Times had a significant impact on our rankings, due to automated systems we have in place to assess the relevance of links. As always, we investigate spam reports and take corrective action where appropriate.”
In essence, Google said that these companies tried to game its algorithm, but for the most part, their efforts failed.
Google didn't say that at all; actually, in essence, Google said stay out of it.