Glenn Reynolds is wondering:
They've also come in for criticism from people on the right for alleged censorship in Google News, with charges that Google is purging itself of conservative news sites. And many people complained that Google, which puts up special logos for all sorts of other holidays, didn't do anything to recognize Memorial Day.
That last point seems minor, but for some people it seems to have been the last straw. And it made me wonder if Google's position isn't rather vulnerable. People like Google and use it, but its competition — sites like Ask.com, Dogpile.com, and Clusty.com — is just a mouseclick away. Ask.com even has a pretty good substitute for Google News.
Since Google does special logos for all sorts of odd days, would it have killed them to come up with a nice, tasteful logo for Memorial Day? And while we're on the subject, how about Easter? No logo there since 1999. Why? Or Christmas. None there either. I'm not talking about all this Winter Holiday crap, I'm talking December 25, with an actual Christmas theme for the logo. Why do they persist in ticking off their customers needlessly? What's the point? Or are they just clueless?