how is a DOS attack and the lack of a viable business model Google's fault exactly? I'm no google fan by far but they are not running a charity and cannot be expected to.
I think that hits the nail on the head. And I'm no fan of Google either.
I think it's also important to note that Daniel Brandt takes pains to not associate the DDOS attacks his sites were receiving with Google's decision to make API changes that would prevent Scroogle from working the way it did.
Considering how quickly he pulled all his sites offline, I personally think he has a much better idea of what the DDOS attacks were about than he's letting on - and has pulled his domains offline for more than the 'official' reason he gave for doing so:
I no longer have any domains online. I also took all my domains out of DNS because I want to signal to the criminal element that I have no more servers to trash. This hopefully will ward off further attacks on my previous providers.
Seriously, if you're getting hit with a coordinated and well-orchestrated DDOS against all your domains, I find it pretty hard to believe you have absolutely no clue as to why it may be happening.
I could be wrong about that, but his statement just strikes me as weird.