I think though that if Microsoft was in googles position that they'd be doing the exact same thing.
Well Microsoft have been in Google's position for years prior to the rise of Google. Who held the OS monopoly ? Who added "connectivity" under the form of silent spies on XP, vista and later, reporting any of your connection to massive data servers ?
They are attacking google for what they've been doing on their own Messenger protocol for years (listening widely to the "grid", picking keywords).
They might not admit it, but I haven't forgot about all of this. Attacking your competition on such a practice, when you've been yourself leader and pioneer of it for years is really ridiculous.
Every internet surfer for the past decade have been aware (or should be) that we are tracked day by day, request by request. it's not a theory conspiracy, it's more a fact to acknowledge.
In South Korea they seem to be stuck with it! Read this blog post - the government mandated ActiveX controls for online banking in the 90s, and now nobody knows how to upgrade from IE6 without breaking everything...
Korea's situation is pretty peculiar. Social security numbers have been closely linked with internet connection. They have a different relationship towards connection on the internet compared to a lot of other countries.
I wasn't aware though that they were stuck with IE6 neither why they were in this situation. Once again it proves why the results of the test should be looked up closely. Yet the pattern is engaging for "easy diss".