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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Google Earth Setup Defaults to an Installation of Chrome As Well

When you want to install 3D map Google Earth, Google now pre-selects an option reading “Include Google Chrome, a new web browser for Windows.” (Whether or not you uncheck the option, the footnote reads “By installing, you agree to our Terms and Conditions, Google Earth’s Privacy Policy and Google Chrome’s Privacy Policy.”)

A long time ago on a web page far, far away, Google said:

We believe any situation where multiple applications are being installed should be made very clear to users, so that if you were to ask them several months later – “What’s this?” – most will know where it came from and why it is there.

In this case, the bundled Chrome option is embolded and shown on top, along with a screenshot. It follows a button that read “Download Google Earth 4.3”. What do you think, would Google succeed or fail its self-proclaimed litmus test?

[Thanks TomHTML and Moustafa ZA!]


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