2)The icons representing these new applications being pitched to me do not delete and that makes the whole experience more upsetting; because now I have icons that are useless sitting on my screen and all I can do with them is hide them (they're still partially visible after selecting hide)or move them to a folder other than the one responsible for what appears on the home screen.
If you're still seeing the icon after you've hid it, then you need to hit your menu button again and deselect "Show All". Then all your icons that you've hid will disappear. Having "Show All" selected will display ALL your icons even if they're hidden.
I just wanted to point that out.