walkman - 3:03 pm on Sep 7, 2011 (gmt 0)
Ok, let settle the bias in updates with this:
Let's assume that Google is not an advertising and data mining agency but just sells "search" to portals like Yahoo, CNN, BlahBla.tld etc for a set fee and that's it. If you think that SERPS or the direction that G is going (Vince, Panda, G+ etc) would be similar enough to what are today then Google is not biased. If you think that their commercial interests, as predicted in their original PageRank paper, affected the way the Google search went or is going, then we can only discuss how much manipulation is going on. Simple really. We can believe what we want.
It's still on topic since the thread is about a possible update of major proportions. How they go about it, matters of course.