Google don't need suck kind of game, actually they're paying people (13euros/hour) to ameliorate their search results. I've done that in the past and even if it's quite hard to get in, it's easy and better paid than many jobs.
I agree with that, I'm french and lately the government have kept on trying to enforce new laws concerning the usages of internet. The official reason is to prevent p2p and child pornography but what has email monitoring to do with that ?
I agree with that, If I'm developing a browser, can I have it in that list ? Obviously, NO. Firefox has already something like 30-40% market shares... tough, can you still say that IE is in a monopolly position ? Lately, the only places where I've seen IE used as the default browser (and I see a loooot of pcs) was in small / large businesses. Why ? Because firefox have no msi installer nor active directory settings, so it would be a pain in the butt for IT guys to deploy. I'm french, and regarding this issue I'm ashamed by the EU behavior, even the No-Browser option was better than that. Now it's an open door to everything. In 5 year we'll have to choose at the first startup if we want to use WMP/iTunes, Microsoft security essentials/Norton/Bitdefender/McAfee, Windows Explorer/GnomeForWindows/StardockExplorer. And by 2040, will the windows package will also contain Mac OSXX ? By pleading one monopoly, their creating 5 monopolies.
There was an official response to those accusations : http://blog.spinvox.com/ It's quite interesting.