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AOL's "Gold"-Digging -- In Life And Art

8/16/2006 3:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

There are ways to collect money from someone, and then there's this: AOL said yesterday that it was preparing to search for gold and platinum bars at David Wolfgang Hawke's parents' house to try to recover the $12.8 million he was ordered to pay AOL in a lawsuit last year.

AOL says that it's just trying to recover what a court has dictated it is due. "This exercise isn't something out of . . . 'Treasure Island,'" said AOL spokesman Nicholas Graham. "This is a court-directed, judge-approved legal process that is simply aimed at responsibly recovering hidden assets." Hawke was sued in US District Court in Virginia by the company for sending millions of unwanted spam e-mails to its customers.

But it's not the only gold-digging that's going on at AOL, as and "Survivor" creator Mark Burnett get set to launch "Gold Rush," a groundbreaking interactive reality game, on September 13. In the game, players will have the chance to win over $2 million in gold hidden in various locations across the United States. "

"Gold Rush" will be a truly hybrid broadband and video experience, with clues to the gold dotted all over the media landscape -- on, CBS Television network programming, and in popular magazines. Best Buy, Chevrolet, Coca-Cola Zero, T-Mobile USA, Inc., and Washington Mutual have all signed on as sponsors for the game, which will debut on at

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The Courts were right.

2989 days ago

Richard Thomas    

Infinite Play the Movie is way ahead of them, they have what may be the Holy Grail and have hidden it on the web. They started in 2004 and are way ahead of the industry in a new genre of film.

2989 days ago

Richard Thomas    

This the the link, and one does not have to purchase anything.

2989 days ago

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