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December, 2009

The Google Mafia

Fear of repercussions from Google among industry insiders.
Was reading this article about Google's move into local search and how it's peaked regulator's interest and one quote in particular jumped out:
"This is not in the 'don't be evil' bucket," said one industry source, who like most asked not to be named for fear of repercussions for publicly criticizing Google. "They're giving preferential treatment to their own content."
Really? "Asked not to be named for fear of repercussions." We are talking about a bunch of nerds, aren't we? But then I thought about it, and I've done the same. Self-censored myself for some fear that big bad Google will come knocking, cutting out my knees in the form of PageRank. This is scary.
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