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November 07, 2006

Getting off lightly

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6122046.stm

A firm responsible for an incredible 6,900,000,000 pop-up ads has been fined a whopping £2m by the Federal Trade Commission in the United States.

As a “heavy user” (stop laughing at the back) of the internet, there’s nothing more annoying than this kind of crap, especially when it’s the result of adware, which is what Zango specialised in.

These ads often prey on the most vulnerable, informing you that you’ve won £56,000 on the Icelandic lottery, but asking for your credit card details before sending you the (non-existent) money.

The CEO of Zango apparently “deeply regretted” any negative impact.

Bullshit.

Update: Zango is apparently still trading. Without any hint of irony, they’re offering an “ad-supported” game called Infection. You couldn’t make it up.


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