$1.30 barely gets vending machine soda, but it's enough to leave an NY lawyer without unemployment benefits. Her total Adsense earning of $238.75 was enough to trigger that response because there aren't proper guidelines in place for such residual earnings.
Karin (she asked Forbes to keep her last name private) was told everything from "you need to declare that you're working every time you update your blog" to something along the lines of "uhh...you shouldn't have lost your benefits over the Adsense income." In the end, none of the misinformation and hassle did much for her and she has taken Adsense off her blog as she struggles to regain her government check. [Forbes via Techdirt via Slashdot]
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