Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Oct 2013 16:02 UTC, submitted by bowkota

Google back in 2005:

There will be no banner ads on the Google homepage or web search results pages.

Google today:

The company confirmed to the Guardian that it is testing a system with about 30 advertisers in the US in which it shows banner ads for companies including SouthWest Airlines on pages which include them in web search results.

And people wonder why I have zero trust in companies.

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by Bengar on Fri 25th Oct 2013 10:22 UTC
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We should know not to take statements with an indefinite face value. Ideals made by anyone, whether it's personal, corporate or political are usually made under conditions specific to the time. Circumstances, people and companies change and as do their priorities.

I am definitely not a fan of the direction Google has taken in this Larry Page, Google+ all-in period. But Google of a decade ago is different to Google of today so this latest change isn't a surprise.

At least for the moment you can still liberate and 'takeout' your data to move on ;)

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