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[5]: Comment by Tractor
by backdoc on Fri 25th Oct 2013 13:58 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Tractor"
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That's an improvement. But, it's not as good as what I do. I own my own domain. I can create actual email address and delete them whenever I wish. I never give my out my favorite email address to anyone that I think I might want to refuse email from in the future. I have done (and still do with a few addresses) it your way too. The problem is that with mail forwards, the actual real email address gets embedded in the email source. And, if you ever reply, they not only get your real email address there, the email From: typically contains "on behalf of <your real email address>".

So, if mail forwards are all you have, I guess it's okay as long as you don't reply to any email. But, setting up real email addresses works much better.

Luckily for me, I was able to get Google to host my email domain for free when they offered it as a free service. I'm grandfathered in. Each account I create gets all of the benefits of a real Gmail account (free storage, docs and etc.). This doesn't solve the eavesdropping by Google problem for me. But, it solves the SPAM problem. If I didn't have Google hosting my email for free, I'd pay for hosting somewhere other than Google and do the same thing.

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