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Google is to buy the travel guidebooks brand Frommer's as the internet company ramps up its bid to become the premier destination for local reviews and listings online. ... The deal gives Google a vast and growing archive of digital reviews for its local listings, maps and mobile applications. It comes nearly a year after Google bought Zagat Survey, the restaurant review and ratings service
Let's hope that one day Google will buy your web properties.
I realize they are an "authority" site for all products; which in my opinion they are not.
I can't see how favoring brands would make Google more money. Stuffing brands down the page so they have to open up their big pockets and buy Adwords WOULD make Google more money.
I can't see how favoring localized results makes Google more money, but maybe I'm missing something there.
I don't remember seeing ads above the organics until after the Froogle push in 2006
[edited by: tedster at 7:58 pm (utc) on Aug 15, 2012]
If they were really pushing all local for the organic results
I do agree with the idea that Google arranges the SERPs in a way they feel will benefit them and their profits.