Pjman - 2:53 pm on Nov 6, 2011 (gmt 0)
All conspiracy theories left behind...
Put yourself in Google's shoes, I'd do the same thing.
Whether intentional or not, you made a change to your core product line. The result an increase in profit. Probably because people are spending more time on their Google trying to sift through crappy results, what ever.
As a public company are you going to make an instant change, if your profits are up as a result; I think not.
They made their bed, now they are trying to figure out the implications, if they lay in it.