Google vs. MapQuest: Search Results Boosting Map Traffic?

Google Maps’s traffic is rapidly closing in on MapQuest, and a MapQuest executive is alleging that it’s because Google Maps gets favourable placements from Google search results, Investor’s Business Daily reports. Search engines send their users to their own mapping services, which is problematic for MapQuest — not a lot of people use AOL’s search engine. (This puts a new spin on MapQuest’s differentiation between Google’s search-based traffic and its own.) The question is whether or not this means that Google is fighting dirty, as the MapQuest exec alleges, or whether a search engine-map service combo owes its competition any favours. Read the article and let me know what you think in the comments. Via All Points Blog.