Recently, Google, Amazon, Apple, and other big international companies have been under fire for their corporate tax avoidance schemes. However, speaking at Google's own Big Tent conference in Hertfordshire, Eric Schmidt, the head of Google, denied the search giant's tax operations were "unethical", claiming that it was for governments to create the laws and for businesses to abide by them. He said that multinational companies could not try to obey "the spirit of the law" when they operated in many jurisdictions and had a duty to their shareholders. Full story >>
By adding a comma, the cartoonist makes the 'O's seem like the zeroes in a large number — the amount of money Google is not paying in UK tax, for example ...
In representing large numbers, English texts usually use commas to separate each group of three digits. This is almost always done for numbers of six or more digits, and often for five or four digits. However, in much of Europe, Southern Africa and Latin America, periods or spaces are used instead; the comma is used as a decimal separator, equivalent to the use in English of the decimal point. [Source: Wikipedia]
• 1,200 = one thousand two hundred
• 6,000,000 = six million
• 39,786,653 = thirty-nine million, seven hundred and eight-six thousand, six hundred and fifty-three
• 1,000,000,000 = one billion