Whitey - 3:10 am on Apr 18, 2012 (gmt 0)
I see this as a communication attempt by the founders to win back some "Google love" and balance the $$'s with the thrill of running a business that folks love, like the good old early days, when we were wooed.
But you can't have two Kings - $$'s and people, unless you reciprocate the commercial economy of that relationship. To win the hearts and minds of the people on whom ultimately the business will prosper, more focus on listening to how users and business's alike can prosper and sustain together would bring things back the balance and the spirit of success.
Also a removal of the perception that business' are being manipulated, and a return to the so called "democracy on the web". [ even though democracy doesn't exist ]. Google's founders' root foundations are where it's strength lies - not in greed, control and social elimination which i think is where folks see Google heading.
Unfortunately, faceless shareholders may be the driving force of greed that sit's in the background and makes it hard for the founders to return to their roots.
Bring back the original refreshing thinking and core focus. Entertain the shareholders in a better cause. Folks will love Google then.