From my perspective it looks like Google is becoming another big company trying to make money at every turn.
Two reasons I say this:
1) When you search on google for the top results link you to an website full of google ads, so it is better to search on Yahoo or Bing.
2)We have 2 adword accounts running which where setup as prepay accounts, these run your ads until your balance runs out then you can topup. That is great as we topup with R200 a time. Now Google went and changed one account to post pay and we owed them R60 so we paid R200 and asked them to change it back to prepay. This can only be done by email. They have replied we must pay R500 into the account then they will switch us back to prepay as they had given us a R500 credit limit. While we will get value for the money eventually it feels like extortion and leaves a bad taste in your mouth. So in the meantime we have to watch the account carefully as google has taken away a safeguard on our spending.
Has anyone else noticed a shift in Google's operations?