URL typos earn Google $497 million per year, study says

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Google could be earning some $497 million a year from the registered owners of website addresses that mimic typographical errors in existing sites, according to a new study.

Harvard University researchers Tyler Moore and Benjamin Edelman estimate that Google could be making millions from the practice, known as “typosquatting,” because its network of display ads — from which it receives a cut of the profits — run on the typo’d sites...

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