people are stupid, i wouldnt install an extension or even apps to my phone if it didnt at least have a couple of thousand comments i could read though to make sure it worked and just did as it was meant to
I love Google's open store concept, but the problem this article speaks to is huge. There is a ton of crap in the Chrome Web Store. Just run a search for Angry Birds. Dozens of illegitimate extensions will show up right along with the one that is legitimate. Something should be done. I think Google should create some sort of verified status to highlight known safe and legitimate extensions and apps. I think that would help without breaking the open nature of the store.
If Firefox can do a virus scan on every downloaded file you would think Google marketplace/Play store, could do something similar with uploaded apps. Seems like they could throw out anything with a mild heuristics threat detection.