Re: a lot of bile for a minor permitting issue.
While everyone rages at Google for being evil here, may I slip this conveniently overlooked little detail onto the table:
Google didn't *actually* do anything wrong here. They properly applied for, and were granted, the right permits.
However, the authorities they got them from, didn't get *their* permits from the authority above *them*. Note how the news articles carefully avoid saying Google was actually at fault.
Now look at the resulting Googlehatefest. Cool trick huh? Good thing you didn't fall for it isn't it! Imagine what could be done if you could manipulate public hatred that easily! :-)