Seb7 - 10:47 pm on Jul 4, 2011 (gmt 0)
I never seen this mentioned by anyone else, but I think their main purpose was to gps as many land based ip addresses they could find. Being able to correctly locate an ip address is and will continue to be important to any search provider. It maybe so important that they rather say it was accidental than to give their real intentions away.
(I'm open to bribes to keep me quiet :) )