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Advertisements now appear on the home page of a Google Inc. Internet search engine, thus ending the company's nearly decade-long tradition of an ad-free front page.
They are not flashy, "graphical doodads and popping up all over," as Google promised in late December.
Rather, Google's Web site in Belarusian [google.by], has the more sedate approach of three sponsored links taking up an inch-wide column of the right-hand side of the Web browser.
This is a sign of the new era for Google, one in which a portion of its once-pristine front page will be sold to advertisers a pixel at a time, as Internet search competitors Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp.'s MSN now do.