Linked by Anonymous Coward on Tue 6th Dec 2011 22:36 UTC
Bugs & Viruses In a recent site update, CNET listings have begun redirecting product download links for popular freeware and opensource applications to their own "downloader and installer" utility which bundles a number of adware components alongside the requested application and changes the users' homepage and default search engine to Microsoft Bing. Freeware authors are sending CNet cease and desist orders demanding virgin download links, something affected open source developers may or may not be able to do due to FOSS license terms.
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RE: Propaganda
by ngaio on Wed 7th Dec 2011 07:14 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Tell me it ain't so, CNET!"
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In 2008, Apple and Microsoft spent almost two billion dollars on advertising. I suspect more recent figures are higher. I don't know what their spend-up on government lobbying is.

I guess in a magic-fairy world none of that is propaganda.

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