Google is a very large, for-profit company, and like any other company the individual employees make good and bad decisions. I don’t even think this was a particularly bad decision in the grand scheme of things…in my opinion, it was just executed poorly.
There are lots of times where I’ve made decisions that put the best interests of the majority ahead of others. I never like doing it, but it’s often necessary to move forward. There are even more times when I’ve heard about similar “needs of the many” decisions and agreed with them, because I’m not personally affected. So I can’t be upset when I’m in the minority. And in this case, OH users are clearly in the minority.
Everyone’s experience with Google varies. I’ve received a lot of free service from them over the years for the cost of advertisements customized to my interests and data that I’m personally comfortable with giving them. They provide, for free, a Google for Non-profits account that provides my charity with web-based services we couldn’t otherwise afford. And when I fire up the free Chrome browser to search for something random or check GMail, they still don’t charge me any money.
Your experience with Google will obviously be different from mine, but if you want to label them as evil, then I hope you’re doing your best to avoid using their services at any cost–financial or otherwise. I also hope you’re aware of the far-more questionable and underhanded practices of many other for-profit companies. Compared to what some others will do to generate profits, Google looks pretty good to me.