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Could Texas AG antitrust review lead to a leak of Google’s PageRank algorithm?

Eric Goldman has a polite-but-scathing analysis of the Texas attorney general’s recently-disclosed antitrust review of Google’s search-ranking practice. (The title of Eric’s post ends with “Are you kidding me???”)

The cynical former litigator in me is wondering whether someone lobbying the Texas AG’s office is trying to put pressure on Google by raising the specter that the company’s super-secret PageRank algorithm might be subpoenaed. Even with a court secrecy order, disclosure of the algorithm in response to a subpoena would increase the risk that the algorithm’s details might end up published by a WikiLeaks wannabe.

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