londrum - 1:39 pm on Jan 4, 2012 (gmt 0)
according to that Matt cutts reply, there was only one post which linked back to google.
so a 60-day penalty is a bit draconian for just one link.
doesnt this whole thing show how silly it is to rely on links, though? why is that google chrome page any worse today, than it was last week, just because there are a few extra posts about it on the web? it doesn't make any sense.
this whole story has probably garnered chrome 1000x more press than the actual ads did, with stories all over the web. google are probably having a good laugh about it. the stories dont reflect badly on chrome at all. people are following the links to read the posts, and watching the video, and learning all about chrome. their advertising team probably all got a payrise for dreaming this up.