Shaddows - 12:00 pm on Mar 16, 2011 (gmt 0)
I said this in a private forum a couple of weeks ago: There has never been a company in the history of public markets that has yielded so much unchecked power over unrelated companies' revenues as Google does now with 80%+ market share for organic search in the US.
It's not anti-trust because monopolistic control isn't exerted over Google's customers in the case of organic search. It's something we haven't seen before. Unfortunately the real issue is likely to be lost on most politicians.
Combining this excellent point with Insider Trading, whats to stop individual Quality Team or Spam Team members selecting specific sites as paradigms or exemplars of either best or worst practice in their day job, then investing or shorting on their own time?
I mean, it would take a while for the coding to go live, and the TOTAL lack of trasparency would make it impossible to suggest there was any insider knowledge.