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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RE: Comment by Tractor
by bassbeast on Fri 25th Oct 2013 12:28 UTC in reply to "Comment by Tractor"
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This is why after their change in their privacy policy, along with trying to ram G+ down my throat and tie everything from my phone to my Youtube account I have stopped using Google, they have just become too nasty.

I made a dummy account for my Android phone that is ONLY used for my phone,never used for anything else,switched to Yahoo for my email and Bing for my searches. At least this way no one company has too much data and I can control who has what,and to keep my mobile searches away from Google I use a third party browser on my phone.

But can we all PLEASE agree that "Not be evil" or "do no evil" is just a damned marketing ploy, no different than "where do you want to go today?" or "think different" now? Because the past couple of years Google has been getting seriously nasty, both with trying to force you to tie everything into their services and with turning more and more of their services and Android proprietary, yet all we hear from the apologists is that stupid meme and how bad the other guy is. Well the lesser of two evils is STILL evil and I'd say Google isn't even the lesser anymore, from them jamming more and more ads to trying their hand at the old MSFT EEE strategy by making things tied to Chrome I'd say they are becoming every bit as nasty as MSFT under Gates.

I don't know, maybe its a side effect of becoming number one, once you get to the top greed and fear turns a company nasty, but it sure ain't the same Google of 5 years ago. Google used to be a cool engineering company that was always throwing out new ideas and trying new things, now they seem to be stuck in "maximize profits" mode, no different than any other Wall Street corp.

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