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Topics => AOL Purchase => Topic started by: pipthom on August 16, 2013, 05:42:05 PM

Title: AOL's New $400 Million Purchase Might Be a Scam Operation
Post by: pipthom on August 16, 2013, 05:42:05 PM, basically a clearinghouse for online video ads, is chock full of scammy, spammy marketing pushed by robots:

Quote has a particular problem with straight-up bogus ad impressions generated by bots for the purpose of taking from advertisers, say multiple sources with first-hand knowledge of the exchange. Some experts pin the amount of suspect inventory in’s exchange at anywhere from 30 to 80 percent.

If's value was based largely on what amounts to fake humans refreshing the same thing over and over, AOL is going to have to clean shop very quickly—and maybe consider why it didn't learn this before it plunked down hundreds of millions of dollars.