atlrus - 2:46 pm on Oct 8, 2012 (gmt 0)
Why can't Google create their own answer?
They've tried this before. Did you forget Google Answers?
They would be hoping that like how they got the U.S. courts decide in their favor for having thumbnail images, they could also get them to rule in their favor for scraping the short relevant answers from third party sites.
There is a huge difference between showing a thumbnail linked to a website compared to just showing a thumbnail. Google is already providing the thumbnail image version of a search - it's the search results.
There is no way any court would rule in favor of google just showing thumbnails, without linking to the original website. And I do believe (or at least hope) that no court would allow google to steal content without a link back. From there on - it's the website owners' decision whether they would allow google to use their content like that.