According to Daily Beast, Facebook hired a PR agency to create a smear campaign against Google…”Every gets mad at us for privacy stuff, but Google are the real bad guys” kinda thing. Some of that is probably true, but what kind of little punk hires an agency to get bloggers to throw stones at his competition? Zuckerberg, that’s who. From the Daily Beast article:

For the past few days, a mystery has been unfolding in Silicon Valley. Somebody, it seems, hired Burson-Marsteller, a top public-relations firm, to pitch anti-Google stories to newspapers, urging them to investigate claims that Google was invading people’s privacy. Burson even offered to help an influential blogger write a Google-bashing op-ed, which it promised it could place in outlets like The Washington Post, Politico, and The Huffington Post.

The plot backfired when the blogger turned down Burson’s offer and posted the emails that Burson had sent him. It got worse when USA Today broke a story accusing Burson of spreading a “whisper campaign” about Google “on behalf of an unnamed client.”

(via TechCrunch)