Do no evil
As readers of this blog probably are already aware, Google has been subpoenaed. The United States government is demanding, in part, that they provide a list of all URLs they index. This is something I’d expect them, or any other search firm, to want to keep secret.
Imagine my surprise when I read this in their response to the subpoena:
Defendant has already received URLs from at least one other major search engine. It is unclear why Defendant believes it needs URLs from Google.
Google goes on to state that they object to providing the information. Inquiring minds, however, want to know which search engine(s) did provide it. If they were forthcoming with that information, perhaps they also provided the other item which the government demanded: every search query from a one-month period.
Update five minutes later: AOL, Yahoo, and MSN did comply, sayeth BoingBoing.