diberry - 8:33 pm on Apr 17, 2013 (gmt 0)
COS, you're not engaging with what I actually said. Which was, I don't think they are manipulating the algo *to put brands up top*. Not that I don't think they manipulate it at all - as you said, just making the most innocent change to it with the best of intentions IS manipulation of a sort. But I'm talking about changing the algo so that the results are crappier but the money from AdWords is better. In this case, I don't think that's what's going on.