posted by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Sep 2008 22:49 UTC
IconWhile Google's new Chrome web browser has been met with a lot of praise and positive responses (well, mostly, at least), there has been one nagging issue that arose quite quickly after people got their hands on Chrome: the End User License Agreement accompanying the browser. It more or less granted Google the rights to everything seen or transmitted through the browser. Google now changed the EULA, saying it was a big case of woopsiedoopsie.

Tap the Hive found out that the Google Chrome EULA contained an 'all your base are belong to us' clause that didn't really seem to fit with the company's well-known but cheesy 'Don't be evil' motto.

By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services.

This more or less comes down to the fact that anything that you post on your weblog, OSNews, or that lesbian spanking forum gardening forum now belonged to Google, and that they could use that material without ever sending you a penny. This is not very nice and 'unevil' of everyone's favourite fluffy bunny rainbow company. However, Google was quick to respond, and according to Ars Technica, Google removed the clause from the EULA.

Google's Rebecca Ward, Senior Product Counsel for Google Chrome, now tells Ars Technica that the company tries to reuse these licenses as much as possible, "in order to keep things simple for our users." Ward admits that sometimes "this means that the legal terms for a specific product may include terms that don't apply well to the use of that product" and says that Google is "working quickly to remove language from Section 11 of the current Google Chrome terms of service. This change will apply retroactively to all users who have downloaded Google Chrome."

So, all is pink and feathery again in Google Land. Rests me to say that I am exceptionally pleased by Chrome, and that it has replaced Firefox as my browser of choice on Windows within a heartbeat. The speed (even on my 512Mb RAM/slow SSD Aspire One!), the mutlithreading, the clean user interface - it's hard to resist. And it's only a beta!

And, more importantly [insert drum-roll] - I'm using tabs. In a browser. I'm using tabs in a web browser. Anyone who has dealt with me on a slightly more personal level knows my utter and complete disdain for tabbed browsing. So, what is different? I really can't put my finger on it, but I think it's mostly due to the placement of the tabs: atop the window. This makes the tabs look a lot more tangible, more 'real' - in much the same way that wrapping virtual desktops around a cube made them usable for me.

I'm not going to review Chrome (it's a browser, for Pete's sake), but I can wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone. Be sure to give it a go.

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