Google In the Clear Over Playboy Spread

    January 13, 2005

No penalties for Google’s interview with Playboy… Now, if Page and Brin had done a center spread, I’d be calling for billions in damages.

From Google+No+penalty+for+stock+options%2C+Playboy+chat/2100-1038_3-5535383.html?part=rss&tag=5535383&subj=news.1038.5″>CNET: “Under terms of the agreement, the search giant agreed to cease and desist from committing or violating any provisions under the Securities Act of 1933, according to the company’s filing with the SEC. Google, without admitting or denying guilt in the matter, will not have to pay any financial penalty. The company also settled similar charges brought by the California Corporations Commissioner.

Before the debut of its closely watched IPO, the SEC began an informal inquiry into $80 million in stock options Google had issued to employees and consultants between 2002 and 2004. Regulators were concerned the options were distributed before Google registered the IPO offering and without Google providing financial information about the company.”

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