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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Spiegel Criticizing Google for Bundling Google Earth With Chrome

Currently, Google is featuring their Google Earth Moon-in-3D special on the homepage with a link. When you click through and hit the “Download Google Earth” button though, a special checkmark is set by default: It reads (visibly), “Include Google Chrome, a new web browser for Windows.” One of Germany’s biggest news sources, Spiegel, is pointing out this bit on their frontpage in an article reminiscient of the ones we’re used to from Microsoft coverage (my translation):

Google invites you to take a walk on the moon

For the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, Google has started a space tour: the web company showers users with photos, videos, maps and 3D models of earth’s satellite. But if you load up the software Google Earth to see the multimedia show, you might easily install unwanted additional programs, too.


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