MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA: Google and CNET are apparently back on speaking terms.
Google said it had blackballed the technology media company for one year after it made an example of Google CEO Eric Schmidt in an article exploring how easily one can find personal information on the web.
But media outlets such as the San Francisco Chronicle and SearchEngineWatch.com are pointing to a September 26 article on CNET that quotes Schmidt.
Google and CNET did not return calls and e-mails seeking comment.
Google's response to the original article drew much more attention and scrutiny, much of it negative, than the article itself. Many critics described Google reaction as childish and petulant.
But reaction to the apparent reconciliation has been positive.
"Glad to see that Google has changed its mind over what I and many others felt was a bad policy," wrote SearchEngineWatch.com editor Danny Sullivan on his website.