• Amator Androidicus

    Seems to me like people are stretching just a bit too far here, to try to catch Google in something naughty. BTW, how do you find a “finance” section of Bing? I thought I’d type the word in there, but there doesn’t seem to be a section similar to Google’s Finance section.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    MSN Money is as close as you get.

  • http://www.eBizROI.com Rick Noel, eBiz ROI, Inc.

    Given the rivalry between Google and Apple, my vote is on Easter Egg Joke. Maybe an sign for APP investors?;-)

  • http://twitter.com/recentrates PFhub

    Danny there may be more to this. I updated the article on PFhub noting that the article was completely removed from Google news shortly after yourself and other websites picked it up.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    That’s extremely odd. I’d seen it come up several times when I was doing related searches. I can’t find it in Google News now when searching by title. Nor do I see it listed alongside the Apple chart on Google Finance, where I was noticing it the most. I do see it in regular Google web search.

    I don’t think it was killed by Google to suppress the story. Right now, my story as well as CNET and The Next Web are still showing up. I do wonder if someone somehow did something it to keep it off the Apple stock page where it was appearing and that, in turn, has nixed it from Google News.

    There might be other issues, but yes, this isn’t right at all, that it disappeared like that.

  • C.G

    Under the belt… And it has gone viral already. Good one! Was this the initial intention?

  • C.G

    If it’s “Not Deliberate” as Google says, are they also planning to pull the plug on the news it’s generating in Google News? That would be the ethical thing to do, since it was started at Google Finance, right?

  • http://twitter.com/recentrates PFhub

    Very disappointing to see this happen. I’m really hoping to hear back from Jason again regarding the disappearance of the article from Google News.

    I asked some peers that have been in Google News for years if they have ever experienced this and the unanimous answer was no. The consensus was that the article was manually removed.

    By the way thanks for the reference link in your article it’s hard for the little guy to get noticed these days. If I hear back from Jason I will post an update.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    You’re welcome. I would have said “first spotted,” but I wasn’t certain. It can be difficult to tell. But I wanted to make sure you were credited. It’s very, very strange that the story dropped. I can find it another way in Google News like this: https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&tbo=d&biw=1645&bih=1177&tbm=nws&q=%22I+just+came+across+something+kind+of+funny+that+has+to+do+with+AAPL%22

    I thought maybe there was some duplicate content issue. I’ve seen that happen with Google News before, where if it thinks one source is simply citing another one, it might drop that source. But i don’t see anything significant out there citing that much of your story that might have somehow caused that type of confusion.

  • C.G

    Dear Mr Sullivan: It still appears at the top of the list at the Apple Inc. abridged news. Top of the list at Apple Inc. Google News page. It has not been removed at all…

  • http://www.facebook.com/mystarme Michael Johnson

    This is definitely news worthy, to sell’ the least. :/

  • Mat Collins

    Reaching for another article…