Google Casts a Big Shadow on Smaller Web Sites -

"Google will not comment on its relations with specific Web sites. But a person briefed on its interactions with said Google had found additional duplication, like Michigan candidates showing up on the Iowa Web site. The person also said that hardly any other Web sites linked to, one of the most important elements in the algorithm.

Early last year, operators of small local news sites nationwide found that their number of readers had plummeted. Why? Their Web sites had disappeared from Google News, which in many cases was their No. 1 source of traffic.

Their owners wrote e-mail messages to Google and scoured online forums, to no avail."

In 2007 I wrote of the editorialized algorithm. Today, Google is still grappling with pundits, politicians  publishers and retailers. Check out this incredibly interesting piece in the NY Times about the topic. I would love to hear your thoughts.