Dollar dollar bills, y'all.

Google Greenbacks

Just in case you Googled something between October 2006 and September 2013 — that's almost exactly the run of the sitcom "30 Rock," if it jogs your memory — you're entitled to a slice of a $23 million settlement.

The bad news: your slice might be minuscule. According to a website set up by the settlement's administrators, individual payouts will be an estimated $7.70 per person, which is roughly the cost of a large frappucino from Starbucks. We'll take it!

Search Scratch

The lawsuit, filed just over a decade ago, accused Google of "storing and intentionally, systematically and repeatedly divulging" users' search results and histories to third parties, a violation of privacy laws.

These queries contained sensitive data, the lawsuit argued, including names, addresses, phone numbers, and even social security numbers, something that "increases the risk of identity theft."

Google maintains that it didn't do anything wrong, but is now required to regularly update its FAQ to inform users how and to whom it's passing their personal data.

Query Quid

In any case, you have until July 31 to submit your claim. Ironically, you'll have to give up more of your personal info to get on the list, including your name, home address, and email.

As the New York Times points out, appeals could slow down the process significantly, even if the court grants final approval in October.

Last month, Facebook's parent company Meta settled its own class action lawsuit, requiring it to pay out $725 million to US-based users, who had an active account between May 2007 and December 2022. While it's unclear how much individual users will get, it likely won't be much, considering how many Facebook users there are.

But free money is free money — we're not gonna look a gift horse in the mouth.

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