dickbaker - 10:57 pm on Jul 19, 2011 (gmt 0)
Tedster, what you say makes perfect sense and, if it's the case, it's a good long term strategy for Google. In the short run, though, I think it's a dangerous business plan. Yes, they have an enormous lead over the rest of the SE's, and if you're right, they're gambling on the idea that they can afford to sacrifice some of that lead now to regain it and more later.
The greater risk is that they don't accomplish what they plan, and they lose even more search engine market share.