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[#] Tue Mar 18 2014 13:56:01 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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It's difficult to go after someone's assets in that way, even if it's their own stock that they bought. Vaporizing a shareholder's holdings is really really illegal, probably even more illegal than violating the AdSense ToS.

ToS says about this:

"In addition to our other rights and remedies, we may (a) withhold and offset any payments owed to you under the Agreement against any fees you owe us under the Agreement or any other agreement, or (b) require you to refund us within 30 days of any invoice, any amounts we may have overpaid to you in prior periods."

So really their only recourse is to annul the payments that were made based on the click farm, and in the likely case that it puts their account into arrears, send the account holder to collection if they don't refund the money.
This particular account holder owns Google shares, so coincidentally those shares could be sold to raise the money to pay their debt, but Google can't go after the shares directly.

Presumably the advertisers would then receive a refund for that ad traffic.

[#] Tue Mar 18 2014 14:16:20 EDT from fleeb

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That does seem like the way it should play out.

[#] Thu Mar 20 2014 17:01:03 EDT from Ladyhawke

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Aside from the whole 1984 spying thing, this is one of the most annoying things about Google. 

They're constantly introducing a product, pushing you to adopt some cases even forcing the issue - and then discontinuing the product or merging it into something else.  Business or consumer, other than geeks, who are always looking for the new shiny toy, most people are not a fan of change....especially change that they did not choose.

Even for an expired geek like me that still enjoys the new shiny toy - I have hesitated to use Google Docs over MikeySoft or Google+ over LiveJournal simply because I consider it likely that in 6 months they'll decide they don't want to support it anymore and go after something else instead.

[#] Thu Mar 20 2014 20:27:10 EDT from zooer

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I was disapointed when they discontinued Google Reader. It was the only google product I actually liked and
I used google docs/google for your domain for years, it was okay and it was nice to be able to share documents
but it wasn't up to speed yet. I use google drive for a publicly viewable embeded into a webpage
spreadsheet but it lacks some features that are important to me.


[#] Thu Mar 20 2014 23:30:56 EDT from ax25

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I laughed my arse off when I found this about a year ago: (see attachment hagoogle.png)

hagoogle.png (image/png, 141990 bytes) [ View | Download ]
[#] Fri Mar 21 2014 10:24:00 EDT from zooer

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text client... why you no allow me to see attachement?

[#] Fri Mar 21 2014 11:51:11 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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When I got my current Android phone, one of the first things that I did was to install a text messaging app. I didn't really dig having the carrier's SMS merged with Google Hangouts because it was unclear which one I was in at any given time.

That having been said, I don't mind having Voice and Hangouts merged together since they're both tied in to my Google account anyway.

[#] Mon Mar 24 2014 14:20:35 EDT from LoanShark

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Presumably the advertisers would then receive a refund for that ad

The cynic in me is laughing at this all the way to the bank.

[#] Mon Mar 24 2014 15:31:47 EDT from zooer

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My phone came with a text messaging app and I have a google voice app. Google voice has the option of
forwarding messages to my phone, which I have turned on. What I don't like about Google voice is I don't see a
way of sending a photo message.

[#] Mon Mar 24 2014 16:55:41 EDT from fleeb

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*feeds the cynics some more*

[#] Mon Mar 24 2014 20:09:41 EDT from LoanShark

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ATTENTION: Please do not feed the cynic. 300 hundred deaths last year alone were caused by cynic maulings. A cynic that has lost its fear of humans, is a dead cynic.

[#] Thu Mar 27 2014 07:25:34 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Google pays me to be a cynic 20% of the time.

And I don't even work for them.

[#] Thu Mar 27 2014 07:56:31 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Who pays for the other 80% of your life that you're a cynic.

[#] Thu Mar 27 2014 08:25:50 EDT from fleeb

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The rest of us.

[#] Thu Mar 27 2014 15:56:31 EDT from LoanShark

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In mis-er-yyyyyy!

[#] Sat Mar 29 2014 22:53:46 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Google also keeps me supplied with large amounts of absinthe. It makes the work I do for them somewhat absinthe-minded.

In fact, I'm so blasted right now I forgot that I don't work for Google and don't want to.

[#] Mon Mar 31 2014 10:51:05 EDT from zooer

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You do work for Google, you use their products and generate revenue for them. You are not getting paid by them
but you do work for them.

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