Banner ads on Google? In this NYT story, more details emerge surrounding the AOL-Google deal including a $300 million Google advertising credit AOL can use in various ways (on top of the $1 billion Google is paying for 5% of AOL). The credit can be used for text ads, and possibly for “various forms of graphical ads” Google is testing. This suggests that the types of banner ads Google already supports for other sites may soon be showing up on some of Google’s pages.
Buried deep in the story is this positive tidbit: “Lynn Fox, a Google spokeswoman, said that no deals Google was contemplating would allow its search results to favor a particular company.”
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