Quote Originally Posted by vraiblonde View Post
It surprises me that there is anyone on earth who would insist that Google did not start out as a search engine, and has billed themselves as one for years. If they have morphed into a paid advertising clearinghouse, that's one thing; but insisting that operating as a search engine has "never" been their business model is simply wrong.

You can argue all you want, and you'll still be wrong.
Perhaps if you put the word “ostensibly” in there you would have a point. As it is though, Google has been accepting money to put results at the top since day one of Google. Perhaps when Brin and what’s-his-name were grad students at Stanford and this was a pet project this might not have been true, but it had been ever since there has been a google-branded search engine.