Chris Gaither of the LA Times looks at the wall of secrecy Google often hides behind. If you watched the live video feed during the Google Press Day, you would have seen Chris ask CEO Eric Schmidt about why Google is not more transparent with the way it makes money.
Wall Street knows how many iPods and computers Apple Computer Inc. ships, how many items EBay Inc. lists for auction and how many vehicles Ford Motor Co. sells because the companies disclose that information.
Google, in contrast, discloses only basic financial information, such as its profit, expenses and balance sheet.
Google has many closely guarded secrets, from the number of servers it uses, to the amount of commission it pays Adsense partners. Schmidt claims that sharing information with the public would do more harm than good.