Google AutoLink Pits Convenience, Ownership Issues (washingtonpost.com) and Kottke's thoughts on it. Like all things pitting users against publishers, this one is sticky as heck. Comments enabled (I shut them off of the old story as it was way too far below the fold) :-)
Also, please note, those for and against AutoLink, Google is listening to you and we will act at some point. Don't be so quick to judge us evil or not. I personally know that regardless, there will always be those who detest us for whatever reason, but I have confidence in Google to do the right thing by Users and Publishers, so if I sounded harsh in earlier posts, please excuse that as a view into my passion for Google and user rights, two things that are very important to me and close to my heart.