skibum - 6:17 am on Sep 10, 2011 (gmt 0)
The only thing to understand is that once Google tips the scales a bit further it will be time for any producer of original content to block Google from indexing their site and seek out a new search engine to "organize" their information.
The reality is Google has shifted gears from simply "organizing the world's information" to "controlling and monetizing the world's information".
Exactly. At least Yahoo! doesn't tend to stuff its top listings with things like "places", not that I've noticed anyway.
At some point one of these govt investigations needs to draw a line in the sand as to how much of its own content a search engine may feature in their own results. Generally, I don't think such a rule or ruling would be a good thing but it may be much better than the same company that provides the gateway to so much information, stuffing its top results with its own information and web properties.