Shatner - 7:27 pm on Nov 12, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: Shatner at 7:30 pm (utc) on Nov 12, 2011]
arikgub... I tend to agree your analysis. I don't think they care if they are gaming them. If they did, they'd surely have stopped it because this is so blatant and obvious and easy for them to stop, it's impossible to believe they don't know about it.
The result of this gaming is that Google News has a lot of prestigious looking names on its front page. None of the stories are any good, they're lousy, and worse it's the same story over and over and over again... but my feeling is that all google really cares about is that it says "From BigBrandX" on their front page and the actual content being delivered by that brand does not matter.
Google News is no longer delivering the news, it's delivering a list of the most famous people who cover news.
[edited by: Shatner at 7:30 pm (utc) on Nov 12, 2011]