Over the weekend, executives from public Internet companies Yelp
and TripAdvisor noted a disturbing trend: Google searches on
smartphones for their businesses had suddenly buried their results
beneath Google’s own. It looked like a flagrant reversal of
Google’s stated position on search, and a move to edge out rivals.
Nope, it’s a bug, claims Google. “The issues cited were caused by
a recent code push, which we’re working quickly to fix,” a Google
In the meantime, the “issues” may be diverting tons of traffic
from Google’s competitors. Some, particularly Google’s longtime
rival Yelp, are not pleased. “Far from a glitch, this is a pattern
of behavior by Google,” said its CEO Jeremy Stoppelman.