MrSavage - 3:41 pm on Sep 16, 2011 (gmt 0)
Panthro with respect, in a lawless society sure what you say makes perfect sense from a corporate perspective. Don't lose sight of what MS dealt with in their OS that was all over the world. Think about their influence, copies sold vs daily Google users. And the remember the trouble MS had when they tried crippling the competition or adding too many of their own products/features in that OS. Don't kid yourself. Google has the potential for being MS x 1000. Their reach and influence on the worlds population is far far greater than what a piddly OS was. The story isn't finished by far.
In terms of new layout changes, it's a matter of pushing the limit to when somebody above says hey, hang on here. There is somebody looking over us and that's the government. At least where I live that's the case.
People here are more observant that Joe Average using Google. These changes are indicating some shifts and that is away from organic traffic. That's the crux of the issue at hand.