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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