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Bill Brown

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First Google Watch, which beget Google-Watch Watch. Then Jeremy Zawodny’s rant. Then Steven Berlin Johnson assails Google’s methods. Finally Microdoc News claims that Google is tampering with their index to favor their own pages and Dave relays it, of course, because it agrees with his anti-Google worldview that he developed after they bought out Blogger instead of UserLand.

I thought that there had to be a perfectly reasonable explanation for the behavior and Simon Willison has nailed it. I don’t understand why Google doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt. It doesn’t engage in questionable tactics like Microsoft does and it isn’t run by some ethically-challenged CEO like Oracle is, so I don’t understand the animosity and suspicion.