SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Internet search leader Google Inc. is trying to convince federal and state authorities that Microsoft Corp.'s Vista operating system is stifling competition as the high-tech heavyweights wrestle for the allegiance of personal computer users.
Google recently updated their webmaster guidelines to address the issues of linking on the web. The language chosen seems to imply that someone has appointed Google the judge and jury of morality and law on the internet.Webmaster Guidelines
Following these guidelines will help Google find, index, and rank your site. Even if you choose not to implement any of these suggestions, we strongly encourage you to pay very close attention to the "Quality Guidelines," which outline some of the illicit practices that may lead to a site being removed entirely from the Google index or otherwise penalized. If a site has been penalized, it may no longer show up in results on Google.com or on any of Google's partner sites.
The proposal, which would allow the National Defence Radio Establishment (Försvarets Radioanstalt - FRA) to monitor e-mail and telephone traffic coming in and out of the country, has met with fierce criticism from several quarters within Sweden. But Google had remained relatively silent on the issue, until now.
"We simply cannot compromise our users' integrity by allowing Swedish authorities access to data that may not even concern Swedish activity," said Fleischer.