Rather than back out completely, Google launched Pwnium, which also ran during CanSecWest.
Google will remain a sponsor of this year's Pwn2Own; its Project Zero team will not only help pay for the contest's prizes, but separately will award up to $10,000 for entries that successfully exploit the latest release of Chrome 42.
HP TippingPoint did not immediately reply to a request for comment on Google's decision to scrap Pwnium.
Pwn2Own will take place March 18-19, with $465,000 in awards up for grabs.
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