At least they dismantled it. g##### would have bought the rights and expanded it.
That's a bit harsh. I mean get paranoid but not daft!!
However, right from day one I've been really uncomfortable about the lack of IP data being provided for my clicks (I'm sure that Overture did a better job). I'm still hugely uncomfortable at the fact you are supposed to trust Google but have no way of independently auditing a) the source code of their results pages b) the traffic they are sending you. The ease wiith which it is possible to design such a system of click-fraud is frightening, and there are so many less ethical SEOs that could build one in less than an hour.
That a company can hold such a market share with so many infringements, whether copyright or other, neatly admonished by terms and conditions, while making money is uncomfortable, and illegal in most offline scenarios.
Luckily I am one of the few remaining dinosaurs that will soon be repaced by the generation that grew up loving google, thinking that privacy was a setting on their email client, and an education that taught them to marvel at technology rather than assessing its value from less embracing perspective.
Humans evolve..don't we?