OK, I'm not a real gamer. I admit it. Now, why should I avoid Gamasutra? If all you can say is "because I say so" then I'll just consider it to be your paranoid imagination and discount not only your opinions on Gasmasutra, but also your opinions on pretty much anything else.
Why is this needed at all? If a cop suspects cellphone use while driving, lay charges. Then use a subpoena to obtain cell records from the provider. the cop won't need evidence at the side of the road. The evidence is only needed at the trial.
Google is a US based company, and I strongly suspect that this is a result of political pressure being brought to bear on Google by US politicians.
You are right though, a more general question is how to maintain a free and open internet in spite of many different organizations who want to restrict or eliminate things they find uncomfortable or embarassing.
It's more like one fool says all innovation is bad, while the other says all innovation is good. Your insistance that blocking innovation before it happens is a good idea is proof that you are one of the former.
Snowden has lots of faith in the American public. Unfortunately for him, the trial would be conducted by the American government. I'd have to say he's got some really good grounds for not trusting the American government at all.
Your first assumption has a problem. Nobody is expecting any service to be up 100% of the time. Legal streaming and download services do not need perfect availability, they merely need to be better than the piracy option. Give me a site where I can find any content, no matter who publishes it, at a reasonable price, and with no stupid restrictions on what I can do with it, and I'd use that site over piracy any day.
According to Apples website, the announcement of the new Apple TV device was made September 9th 2015. The edit history on the iFixit article indicates it was posted September 21st. It does not appear that iFixit released anything before Apple made it public. At worst, what they did was destroy a pre-release version to save them the trouble of standing in line at the Apple store to buy one. Given Apple's previous attitude to product leaks, I suspect that had anyone at Apple thought the NDA had been violated, there would be a lawsuit already.
The simple fix for Google would be to require https for all web sites carrying Google ads. This makes the deep packet inspection required for ad blocking impossible. As a side benefit, it also makes government spying a whole lot harder as well.
Region blocking for internet services like Google would work about as well as region blocking for any ther content. As the French have already discovered with their attempt to block filesharing, the block simply won't be very effective. There are just too many ways around it.