Microsoft, Google, Yahoo settle gambling charges

Microsoft, Google and Yahoo have agreed to pay $31.5 million to resolve claims that they promoted illegal gambling, the US Department of Justice said.

Microsoft, Google and Yahoo have agreed to pay a total of US$31.5 million to resolve claims that they promoted illegal gambling, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

Microsoft will pay $21 million, Google will pay $3 million and Yahoo will pay $7.5 million, the DOJ said in a news release. The three companies neither contest nor admit they promoted illegal online gambling by running advertisements for gambling Web sites between 1997 and June of this year.

(More to follow.)

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