Google Settles With U.S. Government for $500 Million

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The search giant will pay "one of the largest forfeitures ever paid in the U.S." to settle with the Justice Department over online ads for Canadian pharmacies that illegally shipped drugs across the border. The company says it stopped serving the ads long ago, but "it’s obvious with hindsight that we shouldn’t have allowed these ads on Google in the first place." Don't trust the "tiny belly" ones, either. [WP]