Danny Sullivan on Bing: Why Google’s Wrong In Its Accusations:
“Meanwhile, I’m on my third day of waiting to hear back from Google about just what exactly it does with its own toolbar. Now that the company has fired off accusations against Bing about data collection, Google loses the right to stay as tight-lipped as it has been in the past about how the toolbar may be used in search results. Google’s initial denial that it has never used toolbar data “to put any results on Google’s results pages” immediately took a blow given that site speed measurements done by the toolbar DO play a role in this. So what else might the toolbar do?”
I can understand Google’s annoyance at what it sees as “copying”. But if it’s going to throw around accusations like that, it had better make sure (1) it is right, and (2) it’s not doing the same thing itself.