Shakedown 2.0?

This is my second test blog where you'll find news and opinions on the latest happenings surrounding the internet, technology, entertainment, et. al.
Why the name? "Shakedown" is a period of testing or trial journey undergone by a ship, plane or other craft before declared operational. 2.0 simply because it's my second trial blog [see the first blog here]

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The Three Kings (of web search) charged of illegal gambling... ads.

The Three Kings (i'm calling them that in the spirit of the Holiday season) of web search namely - King Microsoft, King Yahoo, and King Google were charged by the US Justice Department of taking money by accepting illegal gambling advertisements from online betting operations between 1997 and 2007.

The companies agreed to pay a total $31.5 million to settle claims by the Justice Department. Being the most generous(?) and oldest among the trio, Micro$oft paid $21 million. Next to seniority is Yahoo contributing $7.5 million. While this "startup" company they called Google gave $3 million.

The money collected will be used as a fund by the US government for various public awareness programs. Now the (31.5 million dollar) question is, how much money did these three search giants earned when they placed those illegal ads for ten years? <*wink*><*wink*>

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geri a.k.a. spamdog said...

Andaya ng Gugel $3M lang siya. Im sure those ads is some kind of paid links din di ba? Tapos ngayon galit sila sa mga sites na me paid links - they been dropping their PR's!!! A dose of their own medicine! BS

boddah said...

You're right, nabasa ko nga yung article mo sa websaytko (web site mo, that is,hehe). PR4 ung nawala, hindi madaling ma-achieve yung page rank na yun. I guess siguro dahil sa mas matagal nang nagseserve ng ads ang MS & Yahoo kaya mas malaki ang binayad nila compared to Google.