Google filtering out positive Apple news on its finance site?

AppleFanboy writes, “What else could possibly explain the choice headlines seen on the Google Finance page after Apple devoured the street’s estimates and touted ‘the mother of all backlogs’ for its magical iPads. Here is a sampling of headlines from major news outlets yesterday evening when Apple reported earnings.”

• Unstoppable Apple beats Street with record $24.67 billion quarterly revenue – MacDailyNews
• IPhones Power Apple’s Growth – WSJ
• Apple crushes forecasts again, iPad backlogged – Reuters
• Instant View: Apple smashes expectations and shares rise – Reuters
• Apple Rallies as Earnings Almost Double After IPhone’s Debut With Verizon – Bloomberg
• Apple earnings nearly double, helped by iPhone – USA Today
• Apple Lifted by Verizon iPhone Deal and Updates of iPad and MacBook – NY Times

MacDailyNews Take: You might might be an Apple Fanboy if… your list of “major news outlets” is topped by MacDailyNews. 😉

AppleFanboy writes, “Okay so you get the point… So now take a look at the screenshot you get from Google Finance supposedly highlighting the most recent wide sample of headline news about the company.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “JB” for the heads up.]

35 Comments

  1. Totally evil.

    Google has been widely known for censoring their news page, both here in America and in other countries as well. This is just plain wrong and shows you how truly evil Google has become.

    Google also removes any links from their search results that say that iPhone is better than Android. Go ahead — do a Google search for iPhone vs. Android. All the top results for the first few pages all talk about Android’s superiority.

    Google blocks alternative news sites from appearing in their search results as well. If it’s not mainstream corporate-spobsored news, it won’t appear in Google’s search results.

    1. I’m calling bogus on this one. Just checking finance.google.com for AAPL stock I saw all positive news headlines. Any random sample of news articles is going to have some good and some bad. As MDN routinely says, it’s the trend that counts.

  2. Google does “evil”.

    I’m reading up since yesterday so many good ( great ) financial news on AAPL beating the numbers!

    Buy AAPL stocks!!!! 2011 = $422 bucks

  3. Here’s to Google from us all:

    ……………………. /´¯/) 
………………….,/¯ ..// 
…………………/… ./ / 
…………./´¯/’…’/´¯ ¯`·¸ 
………./’/…/…./… …./¨¯\ 
……..(‘(…´(..´…… ,~/’…’) 
………\…………… ..\/…./ 
……….”…\……… . _.·´ 
…………\………… ..( 
…………..\………. …\

  4. Google has been doing this for quite a while now. Check out their news coverage on Steve Jobs. Mostly negative ones are aggregated as “relevant”; now check the dates. Yes, Google will keep the weeks (even months) old negative news about Steve Jobs or Apple on prominence.

    Google is shamelessly evil. I’d have been embarrassed to ever be associated with such a pack.

  5. ……………………. /´¯/)
    
………………….,/¯ ..//
    
…………………/… ./ /
    
…………./´¯/’…’/´¯ ¯`·¸
    
………./’/…/…./… …./¨¯\
    
……..(‘(…´(..´…… ,~/’…’) 

    ………\…………… ..\/…./ 

    ……….”…\……… . _.·´
    
…………\………… ..(
    
…………..\………. …\

    1. Sorry @breeze. I didn’t see your post until I commented. I honestly had just pulled that ascii art from some text file I had left around from some time ago. I didn’t mean to copy you. Apologies.

  6. Btw. that Applefanboy site is horrendously designed. Couldn’t load correctly on Firefox 4 with No Script turned off. Loaded on the Safari better, but still, it looks pretty sad. Mac.com and Me.com have some ways to go I guess.

  7. One recent Google search I did for something related to apps turned up a head-scratching number of apparently unrelated links to articles on Android apps. Sounds like I need to use ixquick.com more often instead.

    Similar, I suppose, to how for a while YouTube kept insisting that some completely unrelated YouTube ad for (insert Android flavor-of-the-month handset here) was a “related” video to whatever I was watching.

    But then, what do we expect companies in advertising to do? Whatever it takes to spin things positively for themselves, and negatively for their competitors. And anyone they can dupe with their “captive” audience is just fine by them.

    “Don’t be evil” – where “evil” is defined as “anything that doesn’t help Google”, apparently. 😉

  8. I got something for Google to filter showing my feelings for Android:

    …………………./´¯/)
    ……………….,/¯../
    ………………/…./
    …………/´¯/’…’/´¯¯`·¸
    ………/’/…/…./……./¨¯\
    …….(‘(…´…´…. ¯~/’…’)
    ……..\……………..’…/
    ………”…\………. _.·´
    ………..\…………..(
    ………….\………….\….

    Take that!

  9. Actually, it’s even worse than Apple Fanboy’s screenshot makes it out to be.

    The current top headline on Google Finance News is:
    “Why Apple Tracks You Via iPhone: It’s Not Why You Think”

    Totally misleading, evil, and typical of the twats at Google.

  10. Turning away people who use Apple, buy their stock and participate in their ecosystem who have generally higher incomes and thus purchasing habits is not a way for Google to succeed.

  11. Well for starters if I saw “MacDailyNews” listed as a news source on a financial page I’d honestly have to question if maybe I’d be better served by getting financial information somewhere else. No offense but this place is not a source of balanced information.

    Checking this morning I don’t see anything negative or non-positive listed on the financial page.

    Here is what I got:
    “Apple Q2 Sales, Earnings Beat Forecasts”
    “US STOCKS-Futures rise, led by bullish GE, Apple earnings”
    “US Stocks up after strong Apple earnings”

    Oh you mean that there are no circle jerk , lets suck each other off, over the top headlines.

    Yeah I don’t see any of that agreed.

    1. … MacDailyNews suggests its prejudice up front. If this is actually an intentional choice by Google, there is no up-front warning of what sort of expectations are due. Of course, with MDN there are really only so many topics you can reasonably expect to see covered. Google covers many times that.

  12. Well, what do you expect from an outfit run by a threesome of a creepy cheat and backstabber adult and two adult-supervision-required kiddies. No wonder GOOG keeps on tanking on earnings miss.

Reader Feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Tags: