Duncan Riley> The storm whipped up by comment spammer David Naylor (who I’d note is also making threats to sue the Blog Herald) over Weblogs Inc blogs running more than the standard 3 Adsense ads on various Weblogs Inc sites, which some have alleged is a breach of the Google TOS, can be explained quite easily: Calacanis has a private agreement with Google to display more ads. The agreement has a privacy clause that prevents Calacanis from speaking about it.
Well that’s my theory anyway.
But a number of questions are then raised if the theory is correct:
1. What does Calacanis get in return in the agreement (other than extra ad spots)?
2. Is it fair or just that Google discriminates in favour of one publisher over the many others who cumulatively contribute more to their bottom line?
3. Does Calacanis risk damaging his image by appearing to sign his right to speak about issues of interest to the public away for a quick buck?
Now, I’ve got a lot of time for Calacanis, and I write these words with a heavy heart, but I know Jason if your reading this, that if it was somebody else you’d expect similar questions to be asked as well.