Sgt_Kickaxe - 12:13 pm on Jul 1, 2011 (gmt 0)
Are brown navigation bars and big brown/red links converting better? God I hope not, fugly!
If I had to guess I think it's Google's attempt at differentiating browser navigation bars and the various toolbars people use from their navigation bar. I've seen some toolbars that make Google navigation nearly invisible, well, they used to.