Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Sep 2011 15:45 UTC
Internet & Networking It might be common, but that doesn't mean I'm not allowed to wail against it - especially since I was not familiar with this particular case. As it turns out, several of Adobe products' download pages have opt-out checkboxes to also install Google Chrome. This was spyware-like behaviour when Apple did it with Safari and the iPhone Configuration Utility, and it is still spyware-like behaviour when Adobe and Google do it with Chrome.
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RE: Comment by Kroc
by auouymous on Fri 23rd Sep 2011 22:47 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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They want eyeballs for ads and they will force Chrome on people by any means.

Google wants Chrome to be the number one browser because it is the only browser that makes it difficult to block third-party cookies. The other browsers don't require a command line switch to see the checkbox. Then Google went and changed blogger to use third-party cookies so people wouldn't disable them. Can't make money without those tracking cookies.

Google's biggest problem is Windows 8 and they need to make as much money as possible before it ships. The Metro app store will be like Apple's app store and prohibit apps that duplicate system apps, such as IE10. Yup, no more Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Opera in your Metro. ;)

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