CNET is reporting that Google has removed several apps from the chrome web store because they contained ad software. Apparently, these apps were increasing popup ads and planting hidden ad products in the browser.
The two extensions, "Add to Feedly" and "Tweet This Page," reportedly had their code updated so that users would see more pop-up ads while using Chrome. Dozens of users took to message boards after the update to complain about the ads.
Google is said to have removed the extensions because they violated its terms of service, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Kudos to Google for taking the steps needed to isolate their users from such ad manipulation. BUT as i was reading this I remember a story I read a while back about Adwords spreading malware. Malware makers are apparently bidding on popular branded terms in Adwords to spread fake downloads full of malware.
Here is a fun/terrible thing! If you search for "iTunes" in Google, the top sponsored result is something called itunes.download-new.com (don't go there), which is nothing but a festering rat king of malware.
Pretty horrible right? But now you are likely asking yourself, well what do these two stories have in common? The first story about Google removing the apps looks like on the surface an awesome move to protect users. But that is just the pleasant conscqious of their true motive, which is to maximize on screen Google controled ad real estate with in Chrome. By killing off adware that likely is tied to Google's ad network competitors. This point is further driven home when we look at the second story and see Google blatantly selling ads for the term "iTunes" to a company that is obvertly spreading malware. Quite honestly if they were bidding that much to rank #1, for such a popular term, then Google personnel likely were full aware of the people they were selling ads to.
This is at best, a complete double standard to protect their ad revenue with absolutely no regard for their user's security.