Google has added its AdWords program to the company’s News searches in the US and quietly ditched its Adwords business pages for mobile ads service. Mountain View confirmed that it is now delivering text ads on the right side of the search results page on its Google News site in much the same way as it has done for normal web …
"and quietly ditched its Adwords business pages for mobile ads service."
Hardly. There has been an info box at the top of the screen for ages now saying:
"AdWords Business Pages for mobile ads are being retired. As the first stage, you will no longer be able to edit your mobile Business Page after 23 March. Please make any necessary changes before that time. "
Re: Hardly quietly
Actually, if there are few takers on the service, and little interest in it, then just announcing it on the service's home page would qualify as "quietly"--regardless of how prominent or emphatic the text is.
The point of that comment in the story was that Google did not announce it publicly, on a press release or the like, along with other services they were closing. Instead, typically, they announced a much smaller set of services which were discontinued, to avoid the obvious implications that a larger list would have created (and the rumours that that would spark) in the public eye.
Wonder if wires, newspapers like it?
Wasn't one of Googles defences in the "you bastards are scraping our news and diverting viewers from out homepage" spat with newswires and various newspapers that it didn't monetise the content, and was therefor lilly white?
Seems so long ago...
I say Son, who clicks on adverts anyways?