Google Inc has agreed to pay $500 million to settle a criminal probe into ads it accepted for online Canadian pharmacies selling drugs in the United States, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday.
The advertisements led to illegal imports of prescription drugs into the country, the Justice Department said.
The $500 million represents Google’s revenue from Canadian pharmacy advertisements to U.S. customers through Google’s AdWords program and Canadian pharmacies’ revenue from U.S. sales. The forfeiture is one of the largest ever in the United States, according to the department.
The Atlantic contrasts the pace of change of general technology and the TI-83 calculator.
Not sure why they think it makes sense. There are many apps for under $2 that can do far more than any TI calculator. Such a situation could only exist when the people making the purchases are the ones who get to decide what item they need or want. Its a good example of the inefficiencies of the current educational system. See also this xkcd cartoon.
Google fined Half a Billion
It seems quite excessive, but the government is short on cash. Maybe another way they can raise money is by allowing Americans to get drugs from Canada? Why should Americans be forced to overpay so much for drugs? It’s not like they’re still in school buying textbooks or calculators.
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Facebook & StackOverflow
Facebook moves their developer forum to StackOverflow. This is probably a nice boost for SO. They’re making it part of Stackoverflow instead of a totally separate site. I never really got why they had so many different computers sites in the first place.