Based on the moderator's lame-ass post in the thread, it would appear that Google simply doesn't care and they think this is an improvement. Here's what he said...
"We've been gathering input on the new features for several weeks from this group, usability testing, statistical analysis, and survey data.
All of this feedback is important to us and while we weren't able to respond to all of them, I want to assure you we've been listening.
The new iGoogle features went through the same development process that all our products do: we prototype them, and put them through a vigorous set of usability tests and experiments to make sure we are doing the right thing for users. The iGoogle features we're launching today went through this exact process and we've made changes along the way based on feedback from users and developers. Specific examples of the impact of this group:
* A narrower navigation area on the left side of the page.
* An option to remove the snippets displayed with feeds.
* Gmail reply added was added as soon as possible.
* Proper links in Gmail
* Drag 'n' drop gadgets between tabs
* More canvas view gadgets"
As you can tell by Paul's post, foisting this upon the users was a well thought out plan that was approved of by more than one person. Are these people they hired from Redmond? I suggest you stay tuned to watch the fallout from this debacle. The Google haters will be coming out in droves to point out the "Evil" that they have perpetrated....the rest of us just want our damn homepage back the way it was!