TheOptimizationIdiot - 7:42 am on Apr 16, 2013 (gmt 0)
Your view is that Google will maximise organic accuracy regardless of the impact that will have on Adwords. You might be right (and we're all guessing here), but I would be very surprised if you were.
And I would be surprised if I'm not, because that's where their sustainability comes from as a "whatever engine" people try to find stuff with.
Just a visual example here. Compare SERPs in 2005 to today on a commercial search - more ad space, less organic - quite often organic is below the fold on common screen resolutions. It's just a visual representation of what ad clicks mean to Google. They will work right up to the threshold when it comes to maximising ad clicks - the threshold being searcher satisfaction.
Everything you're saying right there is Design/Layout.
I have said I think they maximize that (meaning design/layout) for ad clicks and keeping searchers on their properties without becoming "overly annoying" or "frustrating".
What you're not showing with your example, and no one else has a better one than you (that I've seen), is them changing/manipulating the order of or changing/manipulating what shows in the organic results.
There's a big difference between changing the design of a page to influence someone to click on something and removing the objectivity of what's shown in the section of a page you claim to be objective.
One is business and profit maximization.
The other is deceptive, unethical and likely a huge lawsuit.