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Brenna’s Take on the News: Buying Google for $12 and Playboy

What’s trending this Tuesday, Oct. 13:

“An unassuming ‘fanboy’ bought and very briefly owned Google.com”

If you owned one of the most influential domains on the Internet for 60 seconds, what would you do?

Not much, it turns out. Before you could get to changing all of the search result answers to “Who is the sexiest?” to your own name, the real owners of Google.com  would come and take that away from you. Sanmay Ved, a 29-year-old MBA student in Massachusetts, accidentally purchased Google.com while fiddling around Google’s own beta Web site registration service, according to an article by the Washington Post.

For some inexplicable reason, the domain google.com was up for sale for $12. In the time it took Ved to realize the amount of damage he could have done done, Google.com corrected the bug and even gave Ved some “thanks for not taking advantage of our screw-up” money.   

“Playboy to stop publishing nude photos”

In an event that almost seems as contradictory as separating peanut butter from jelly, Playboy magazine announced today, Oct. 13, that as of March 2016 no more nude photos will be included within their pages.

Regardless of how one may feel about the pornography industry in general, the move looks oddly contradictory from a marketing standpoint. People weren’t ever buying these magazines to just “read the articles” were they?

Actually, people really do. Playboy.com states that “tens of millions of readers” still come to the website even after they removed nude images from the mobile app in 2013. Apparently that’s exactly what us “millennials” are into, because the average readership age dropped from 47 to 30 years old.  


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