Isn't competition a useful thing!
An intelligent move from Microsoft
I stopped using Google Chrome and moved back to IE8 (IE8 is a decent browser even more so when sandboxed, I don't care about the chuntering of fanbois), simply because the idea of all my searches and history and whatever else being sent back to Google creeped me out and made me ever so slightly uneasy when using the browser, I'm sure I'm not alone in that respect.
Then Google photographed everyone's houses, it's all a bit too much.
I used to like Google, now I'm not so sure. I'm getting the impression that Google's original good intentions are on the verge of becoming blurred.
It's also apparent that from now on, if you want privacy on the net, you'd better be prepared to pay for it, so if it helps to pay for my privacy by choosing to click a few ads every now and then, I'll do it.