Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Jun 2011 19:48 UTC
Google Well, here we have another attempt. After the failure of the overly complicated Google Wave (remember that? It was supposed to change the world and all that), Google is undertaking another attempt at social networking. It's called Google+. Update: Forget the crap I wrote here, this article is seven pages on insider information on Google+. Surprised by the beautiful interface? It's been designed by Andy Hertzfeld. The Andy Hertzfeld.
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smitty
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2005-10-13

And the DOJ has finally taken note of that fact. As they have launched an investigation into Google on suspicion that they are violating antitrust laws.... Something OSNews was too chicken to report on. Despite the fact that I submitted a story about it. It was removed from the queue and never posted. Thom assured me it would be posted when I questioned it in another thread. But was it ever posted? Nope.

Why? Because that's how much power Google has. OSNews is scared to death that if they report bad things about Google, Google will bury them in the search rankings. And I don't blame OSNews for being worried about that. Google has done it in the past. And it's one of the issues being considered in the antitrust investigation.

LOL. I'm guessing this guy is a paid Facebook shill - I obviously have no proof of any such thing, but if he can randomly assert conspiracy theories with no proof then so can I.

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Spiron Member since:
2011-03-08

For starters, this is just an Anit-Google rant and doesn't necessarily come from Facebook. Two, what he says is kinda true, google have the power to lower rankings of a site if they so choose, though i am not quite sure they would do it just cause OSNews published something that puts google into a bad light. It's probably just the mods refusing the article, which they're entitled to do

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pantheraleo Member since:
2007-03-07

I'm guessing this guy is a paid Facebook shill - I obviously have no proof of any such thing, but if he can randomly assert conspiracy theories with no proof then so can I.


Haha. You didn't read my other comments then. I can't stand Facebook either. I have never had, and never will have a Facebook account. My privacy concerns with Facebook are just as bad as they are with Google.

And it's not a conspiracy theory. Google, has, in the past buried sites that they thought were harmful to Google. There was also the time they imposed a one year total press blackout on CNet after CNet reported something about Google that Google didn't like... Something CNet found on Google btw.

Manipulation of search rankings to further Google's own services at the expense of competitors is one of the issues of the antitrust lawsuit actually.

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smitty Member since:
2005-10-13

Haha. You didn't read my other comments then. I can't stand Facebook either. I have never had, and never will have a Facebook account. My privacy concerns with Facebook are just as bad as they are with Google.

Exactly what a paid Facebook shill would say, isn't it? That's the beauty of unsubstantiated conspiracy theories - they're practically impossible to disprove.

And it's not a conspiracy theory. Google, has, in the past buried sites that they thought were harmful to Google. There was also the time they imposed a one year total press blackout on CNet after CNet reported something about Google that Google didn't like... Something CNet found on Google btw.

Thom already said he was going to post it. Furthermore, he just finished posting some other news about a search engine competitor and he's been vocal about how he dislikes Google's privacy policies. Yet somehow national public news that anyone can easily find out about on a tiny website like OSNews is enough to get Google to specifically blacklist the site? That just doesn't make any sense. Give Thom a day or two to actually publish the story before you start claiming that Google hacked into their servers and is blackmailing them.

Manipulation of search rankings to further Google's own services at the expense of competitors is one of the issues of the antitrust lawsuit actually.

Let's say this is actually true (and furthering one's own services is not the same as deliberately blacklisting websites they don't like). Continuing this behavior after getting sued by the government for doing it would be just about the stupidest thing Google could possibly do right now. Google is a lot of things - stupid isn't one of them.

Edited 2011-06-29 18:16 UTC

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