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"Google Chrome checks for updates every five hours. It is using the recently open sourced Google update component code-named Omaha, which keeps polling for updates even when Google Chrome is not running. (...) Once a new update is found to be available on the server, the client automatically downloads and installs it in the background without prompting the user.
I don't trust ANY software provider this much. It's enough to make me uninstall the Google Chrome browser.
I just registered that this same criticism is represented toward the end of the blog post. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who feels this way.
Chosing between an auto updating browsers and the freak horror show of legacy browsers like IE6 and IE7's bugs -features as none seems to ever get fixed- (unless it's a security hole or a patent infringement Microsoft doesn't want to pay up for-). I think it's easy enough to go for the aggressive updating.
Also those complaining: complain to Google, it's a beta release they probably are collecting feedback at certain spots, but I hope they manage to keep everybody updated.
This type of updating may be acceptable to home users, but I can't see many big businesses allowing it.
Also, I most generally disable apps that try to update things automatically. They're annoying and chew up precious memory/CPU and even bandwidth at times. But that's only on Windows (I'm on a Mac). Unless it's a unified updater like Apple Updater (not the one for Windows) or a package management system on Linux I disable it. I like the way Mac OS X handles it.. when you open a new program it will ask if you want OS X to check for updates, and OS X will do so when you open that program. Very non-invasive.