Simsi - 10:59 pm on Aug 28, 2010 (gmt 0)
There is another side to this, too - people complaining that google.tld contains too many TLDs that are either international or from other countries.
Although that is a fairly irrelevant argument Tedster. It should be about what content is relevant to the searcher irrespective of where they live or the structure of the URL. Granted, search engine algos are no doubt still primitive compared to what they will one day be able to determine, but this particular state of affairs with ccTLD's not being "allowed" to rank elsewhere is a fairly basic and relatively easily remedied issue.
And we shouldn't forget that because domain prices are so low, it means that companies may not necessarily be able to get their optimal preferred domain names in the TLD of choice. And one of the main reasons for that is actually a direct result of Googles Adsense policy encouraging MFA sites.