Microsoft, Google, Yahoo Settle Gambling Charges

Microsoft, Google and Yahoo have agreed to pay a total of US$31.5 million to resolve claims that they promoted illegal gambling, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

Microsoft will pay $21 million, Google will pay $3 million and Yahoo will pay $7.5 million, the DOJ said in a news release. The three companies neither contest nor admit they promoted illegal online gambling by running advertisements for gambling Web sites between 1997 and June of this year.

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7 Comments

Cøbra said,
Wow, Microsoft got pwned. :P

Yep. Microsoft got owned, but Google and Yahoo sailed through untouched.

Ummm no, $21 is not enough to change ownership of the company.

And yeah, I would say paying one seventh the amount Microsoft has to pay is basically being "untouched".

C_Guy said,
"The three companies neither contest nor admit they promoted illegal online gambling"

Then why pay?

Because they didn't police their ads, and they deserve it.

C_Guy said,
Then why pay?

They are basically entering a plea of Nolo Contendere or "no contest". If they admitted guilt it might raise other issues and/or lawsuits (including civil ones).

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