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Google now showing ads in Chrome; will users jump ship?

Google, who are well known for their search engine are also well known for doing ads. Today, it appears the company is giving in-browser advertisements a go, according to gHacks. The company is showing ads to users that try to sell them Chromebooks, but it appears they only show on the "New Tab" page.

The image was found over on Google+, and users are giving mixed reactions to the news already, with one side of the argument saying "You guys are a bunch of spoiled brats. It's a free browser for goodness sake!" and the other simply responding "Firefox 8 doesn't have ads." Perhaps Google has finally realized they could cash in on some of that large new market share?

It's not clear what platform the browser was on (it almost looks like it's on a Chromebook itself) and we weren't able to reproduce the behavior ourselves. Despite this, multiple users on the Google+ post reported that they were seeing the ads in their browsers too. We've also heard it's happening on Windows 7 based machines too.

If the company pushes ahead with this, it could be bad news for their market share -- or -- people might just accept that advertisements in browsers were always going to surface at some point. If users are really annoyed by them, there are other options that don't have them, so it'll be interesting to see how people react, as well as if Google moves to let other companies utilize the ad space. Stay tuned.

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