The Next Web did a quick piece on Google Chrome no longer displaying the vaunted “http://” in the address bar. While this text will still accompany the rest of the web address (such as when copied from the address bar) it has been removed from the normal view that users see. Why? Simplicity. It looks cleaner and is easier for users to work with. Necessarily better? Maybe, maybe not. Chrome will continue to show FTP and HTTPS so the address bar won’t always be so clean looking.
Coincidentally xkcd took on a similar subject just recently and I’m sure this issue will be partially cleaned up through the changes in Chrome.