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Microsoft: the 'Scroogled' Show Must Go On 286

theodp writes "Microsoft says that the death of its 'Scroogled' ad campaign against Google has been greatly exaggerated. 'Scroogled will go on as long as Google keeps Scroogling people,' said a Microsoft spokesperson. 'Nearly 115,000 people signed a petition asking Google to stop going through their Gmail.' So, is Microsoft's scare campaign justified? Well, in a recently-published patent application for a Method and System for Dynamic Textual Ad Distribution Via Email, Google explains how its invention can be used to milk more money from advertisers by identifying lactating Moms, which might make some uneasy. Google also illustrates how advertisers can bid on access to those suffering from breast cancer, bi-polar disorder, depression, and panic anxiety. Hey, what could possibly go wrong?"
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Microsoft: the 'Scroogled' Show Must Go On

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  • free market (Score:4, Funny)

    by Sterculius ( 2856655 ) on Tuesday March 05, 2013 @09:36AM (#43077915)
    In a free market, Google is allowed to use their customer's personal information in any way they see fit, and the magical hand of the free market will punish Google if they do something wrong. So if Google finds out by reading your Gmail that you are cheating on your partner, and they extort money from you, that is just free market capitalism at work -- nothing wrong with that. By the same token, Microsoft is allowed, by the free market, to characterize Google in any way they see fit. After all, these are big corporations. The free market dictates that they can do anything they like, and so can their customers. Everybody is free, the market is free, and in the end the world is perfect and everyone is rich and happy.
  • by Sterculius ( 2856655 ) on Tuesday March 05, 2013 @09:48AM (#43077993)
    I personally love the fact that Google targets useful ads to me based on my email conversations. It is like having a personal concierge catering to my every whim!
  • by buravirgil ( 137856 ) on Tuesday March 05, 2013 @10:02AM (#43078093)
    Watson was built for Colossus to design next Summer's fashions. They'll have to be really smart this year. Vibrant colors shan't suffice.
  • by Sterculius ( 2856655 ) on Tuesday March 05, 2013 @10:23AM (#43078255)
    The free market will take care of crime, so we don't need laws, you fucking Socialist. Stop trying to impose your Big Government welfare state on the free market.

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