smithaa02 - 4:33 pm on Dec 3, 2011 (gmt 0)
Kind of a site note...but I actually don't think Chrome was or is primarily about controlling the default search option for lazy users. Google actually has reached a critical mass, where I don't think this is a huge worry. What probably DOES keep google execs TERRIFIED is in the future a widely implemented adblock system that blocks google ads. If that ever happens, it's game over for google (at least as a fortune 100 company). It could happen with firefox, safari or IE. With chrome, google can be assured that their ads will never be blocked...this is probably the real reason they are so desperate to get people to use this browser that they use valuable advertising real estate for IE users to push it and they even do tv ads for chrome (something they HATE doing historically).