Technology: Google Tricks

Look out, surfers: there's a wave of controversy headed your way over the latest version of the Google Toolbar, a popular Web browser add-on that attaches a search box and an extra row of buttons onto Internet Explorer. The new version (available at google.com) includes a feature called AutoLink, which can transform plain text on any Web page into a link that sends users to a related site for more information. AutoLink, though still in beta, has many Web watchers crying foul because it gives Google--not users or publishers of sites in which links are embedded--the power to decide...