aristotle - 11:52 pm on Feb 2, 2011 (gmt 0)
Chrome's reason for being may be even bigger than data collection. I think Google built Chrome to grow a more powerful leverage point for how the web evolves.
For example, right now there's a scuffle over what video codecs will be supported. Chrome says they won't support the popular H.264 and IE just turned around and criticized that position, saying they will.
Good observation, tedster. I hadn't thought of that.