Remember the protest when Microsoft first added "call home" activation to Windows and Office? Where is it the fury now? We are slowly being conditioned to accept this kind of behavior from companies. Amazon removing 1984, and now Google removing some useless app. At first, people protest, but after a while this becomes accepted behavior, and people don't think twice about it.
Unfortunately it looks like this article has already set off a bit of a firestorm in twitterspace, and I doubt that many of those people actually read the report and understood it. That would take more time than is allowed to post 140 characters.