ACCC v Google:

Rob Shilkin, Google Australia's Head of Corporate Communications, writes: Re. "ACCC v Google: the search begins" (Friday, item 30). Thought I'd write to clarify a misconception made by Margaret Simons in her article on Friday. The ACCC proceedings have nothing to do with Google's ranking algorithms for our search results. The proceedings relate solely to the text advertisements on the Google results page under the heading "Sponsored Links". Thousands of Australian businesses - including Crikey I'm pleased to say - purchase these sponsored links to connect with customers and audiences worldwide. Google Australia is defending against these proceedings vigorously. You can read more here.