Whose PR department is trying to take down Google?

A series of stories in The New York Times have highlighted Google’s flaws, and some think a competitor is behind the negative press.

Three separate New York Times articles (here, here and here) have taken a critical look at Google’s search function, which has been manipulated in the past by the reputable—and not-so-reputable—to allow certain sites to appear higher in search results.

Somehow, the Times has gotten wind of these flaws, and no one seems to know the source. So, who’s behind this message—whose is the “Deep Throat” behind the story? That’s the question that Search Engine Watch is asking.

Writer Greg Jarobe has some interesting theories. Is it Microsoft’s Bing? Is it search startup Blekko, which was founded by former Google and Yahoo engineers?

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