Before everyone starts explaining HOW to fix this (which I'm interested in also), the main question is WHY google is doing this. Google seemingly changes what appears in the black bar every few days. It's very annoying. The main ones I use are web, news, shopping...probably in that order. Now, the news keeps going away. Why? doesn't make sense. Then I click on the "more" drop down, and there's only like 4 things there, and I have several inches of screen below it. Instead of listing a whole bunch in there, they make me clikc "even more". I mean, this is not only intentional, but a little suspicious. If someone says this is for simplicity or something, i won't buy it.
I know the basic fix: log in with your account and customize it. But I don't want to log in, because I don't like googling while logged in. All the companies are ramping up their BS tactics. 2013 is going to be a very annoying year politically. Guns & internet will be the issues all year long. And I don't think the companies are going to lose, unfortunately.