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Google Pushing Chrome So Hard It's Buying…Print Ads?

Google has so much money and is so intent on pushing its Chrome browser that it’s willing to put marketing dollars into the weirdest places.

Like a print newspaper.

Search Engine Land’s Danny Sullivan was flipping through the Sunday edition of the Los Angeles Times yesterday and stumbled into this Chrome ad (click image to enlarge). It’s a reference to Google’s head-scratching “Things I Learned About Browsers” e-book.

This is the part of the post where I’m supposed to point out how ridiculous it is for a Web company to advertise anything at all in offline media. And how especially ridiculous it is for someone to advertise a browser in a newspaper.

But then again: It worked!

(Almost as surprising: Search guru Danny Sullivan routinely reads the print version of the LA Times!)

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik