Planet13 - 3:27 am on May 8, 2011 (gmt 0)
Someone is working in cahoots with NYT to make these sites and Google look bad.
With all due respect, I don't buy into any of the conspiracy theories.
People read the business section of the Times because they want to know how others are making money. The Times is reporting that others are making money by paying for links.
You might view it as "tattling," or you might view it as the NYT simply telling their readers that this is a money making opportunity. It is just a BUSINESS story, but since we are so close to the subject, I think we are reading way too much into it.
If you were an editor and you were scooped by a rival publication on something like this on a regular basis, you could probably look forward to a demotion pretty quickly.