Google Follows Yahoo In Questionable Bundling Deal With Adobe
from the please-explain-why dept
About a year ago, a lot of people were questioning why Macromedia made a deal to bundle Yahoo's toolbar with Flash downloads by default -- a practice many pointed out was quite similar to the way spyware was included with other apps. In fact, many seemed to feel it was sneaky and untrustworthy. Since then, Macromedia merged with Adobe, who apparently didn't have a problem with these types of deals, because they've now done a similar deal with Google for their toolbar to be included on Shockwave Player downloads. It's not clear if the Yahoo/Flash deal is replaced by this one, or if you just get competing toolbars based on which Adobe tool you download. Either way, bundling totally unrelated products as a default setting -- especially after the widespread controversy over Yahoo doing the same thing last year -- has to make some wonder how this fits into Google's "sliding scale" of evil.