People's opinions can be altered by changing the order in which stories are presented. Search engine companies are at best delinquent and at worst complicit in allowing this manipulation to be so easily achieved.
Google is late in providing its enhanced layout and more sophisticated tools. Much of what the company announced is already standard design for Bing, and is common in many professional search based applications.
Stewart Alsop, veteran venture capitalist, ex-tech journalist and Apple watcher, says that Apple is developing a smart search architecture and is embedding its newly acquired Siri technology into all its devices and content.
To alleviate the plight of the newspaper industry, the FTC is considering remedies including a proposal to extend the Copyright Act to make facts proprietary, increasing NPR and PBS's funding, and levying a tax on Internet users.
The Chinese people, for the most part, have been unaware of what the government does not let them see. Never before has the government, in its regulation of internet content, cut off access to a website regularly used by so many of its own citizens.
If Google leaves China, it will be opting to do so at a time when it is gaining scale in the largest and fastest-growing Internet market in the world. This is no minor matter even for a company of Google's size.
If Bing does its job, people move on from our search engine pages into the Web site content that we don't control, and the final reckoning about whether they trust this information still lies before them.