walkman - 4:02 am on May 8, 2011 (gmt 0)
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.
Planet, I buy them both. First it's more than a legitimate story when e-commerce sites buy links and rank well for those keywords. Google might deny but we don't really know, we see them on #1-#3 and are inclined to believe that paid links work. Newspapers and media can either shrug it off, write a so so or go after you. The fact that now they are going after Google time and time again tells me something.