Another Blow to Israel's 'Download Valley' as Google Bans Toolbars

The search engine giant’s decision to remove multi-purpose extensions from its Chrome Store threatens to upend the free browser extension industry.

Google has struck another blow against Download Valley -- the collection of Israeli companies that develop and distribute free web browser extensions -- after it announced last week that it was banning so-called multipurpose extensions, particularly toolbars, from its online Chrome Web Store.