Controversial adware firm Zango has Zangone. The adware maker was forced to pull down the shutters on its business after it was left unable to service its debts. Initially we, along with othe news outlets, incorrectly reported that video search engine firm Blinkx had acquired Zango. In fact Blinkx has only bought a proportion of …
Hardly surprising. Anyone who would work at a place like that has clearly demonstrated where their moral compass points - straight at their wallet.
One down. Many, many more to go.
They should have been shot with balls of their own ordure!
sympathy for the devil
Aww - poor Ken - my heart bleeds for the f**cker
That picture appears to be just some bloke standing somewhere - still - people have been convicted on the intertubes with far less 'evidence' so I suppose we just have to take the poster's word for it that there was lots of em and they all had guns.
Are they really trying to get up some kind of indignant internet response to this mercy killing? I suppose twitterers in search of something to be outraged over will rally to the cause - besides - they like being infected with shitware and the demise of this outfit deprives them of a source of something else to junk up their system with.
Good news ...
.... but what's in the deal for Blinkx?
RIP Bonzai Buddy
may you burn in hell!
aaaaaaaand STAY out!
Good riddance, Zango. Burn in hell forever.
So what's the point
In buying a company whose technology you don't want ?
Would be like me buying Microsoft ;o)
"......marks the death knell of a controversial business model."
Ok then, answer this. Why the hell would Blinkx buy it if they weren't going to use it? Sheer altruism for malware-oppressed end-users doesn't seem like a viable reason, especially in the current economic climate.....
"Zango began life as 180 Solutions"
First rule of business - have nothing to do with any firm whose name includes the word 'solutions'
Phorm next - please?
A curious coincidence
Another dodgy spyware company run by a guy called Ken.
but as others have said. What's in it for the buyer?
What's in it for the buyer?
I am thinking botnet or some other not so honest operation. If not adware, then where is the value in this company?
Yay! Phorm next. Preferably by the end of the week.
Solutions? No thanks
@James Pickett --- You too?
We learnt the hard way and had a positive discrimination against such company names.
Business model going strong
Although the UK affiliate networks have largely cleaned themselves of adware affiliates, it's unfortunately still quite common practice, particularly in the European markets where comparable operations had none of the controversy of the silent 'drive-by' installations 180 solutions/Zango and their ilk in the US were culpable of (even if you believed they didn't knew what their affiliates were doing). In addition there are still a lot of 'search engines' and traffic purchase operations that will sell you traffic that is actually sourced from adware-infected computers.
Still, advertisers aren't stupid, none of the big brands want to taint their reputation by association with such underhand practices and the evidence they were influencing a purchase is hard to come by with the adware engines, so eventually these operations will be pushed right to the fringe where only the desperate are prepared to tread.
Now we just need to wait for phorm to die.
222 Liberty House
The House of Horrors.
Home to Zango and Phorm.
Perhaps it would have been quicker to demolish it without warning?
They share the same address?
What are the odds. I guess the scum does float to the surface.
I'd like a blank tombstone for these characters, But I'm still pretty happy theyv'e gone done the pan.
Creationists and the Religious will love this
I believe that this incident involving the closure of Zango, the spawn of Satan on the Internet, can be used by theists as indisputable evidence of the existence of God.
More like proof of a Terry Pratchett style Death of Internet Scumbags, which may possibly look like a wallet with a scythe (riding astride a Baleful Numbered Bank Account ;o)
I so DO hope so...
180 Search Assistant
I caught this bugger on my Win98SE partition many years ago. I was a total beast to completely remove. It must take a special mindset to come up with crapware such as this and claim in all honesty that you believe you're providing a real service to people.
Ta-Ta f***ers, don't hurry back.
Last man standing bar Phorm
Still work to be done then.
Phorm seems to have been rising in the last month to around the £4.0 mark. I wonder if the VC suppliers still hold any shares in the company. A market sector with a one 100% fail rate (so far) should be making them *quite* nervous.
Any one fancy selling them short?