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Google Responded to Oracle Lawsuit by Banning Them from Search? Wait…

On Friday, a news item started making the rounds claiming that Google responded to the Oracle lawsuit by banning them from their search engine. There’s just one problem: it never happened.

The post over at IPWatchdog boldly claimed that “Google Briefly Punishes Oracle by Removal from Google Search”, and showed off a screenshot that proved that at 3:00 PM Google had removed Oracle from the search index, and then by 6 PM there was another screenshot showing that it had returned.

The only problem is that this never happened. What did happen was a hoax making the rounds with a specially encoded URL trick—you can see for yourself by going to this URL, which uses URL encoding tricks to hide the real letters.

http://www.google.com/search?q=%D0%BEr%D0%B0c%D0%86%D0%B5

You’ll notice if you look carefully at the URL in the location bar that it’s actually a fraud, and isn’t “Oracle” at all—the L is actually a capital letter I, but in the Google search box it looks like a lowercase L. Doh.

The moral of this story? Don’t blindly click on links.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/15/10

Comments (6)

  1. Haresh

    :O How can these sites post thing without verifying them first.

    Here’s one site which posted just the same: http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2010/08/13/google-briefly-punishes-oracle-by-removal-from-google-search/

  2. The Geek

    @Haresh

    Yeah, that’s actually the post I mentioned in the article…

  3. Abhishek

    Nice one ;)

  4. Bambo

    Comments on that post is even more amazing when you find out the played “fool” is.

    The founder of IPWachdog.com is Gene Quinn, who is a patent attorney, law professor and a leading commentator on patent law and procedure.

    Last comment I read suggested to leave him alone since at this stage he was only “trolling” ;) Comforting…

  5. NomadWanderer

    @Haresh Oh how can these commenters post without reading the article first :)

  6. ProstheticHead

    @NomadWanderer LOL!

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