Does Google give prefrence to its own products in organic ranks?

So last week I was doing some analysis on search terms as I do on a daily basis, and I searched the term “Places”, What I found was interesting it seemed that Facebook was ranking in position 1 for the keyword “places” with personalization off.

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Places Rank

Places Rank

Now I tried the same search term today, and the results are very different, Google is now in the search position 1 and position 2 and they even have site links, bit funny don’t you think?
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Google-Places-Rank1

Google-Places-Rank1

I know this could be testing done by Google, but some analysis on this term shows Facebook Places is the stronger URL.

Interesting, please post your thoughts below:

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