Bloomberg: Google In Talks with Publishers to Pay for Displaying News. “The early-stage talks are taking place primarily with French and other European publishers, and may not lead to any agreements, a person familiar with the matter said. A deal would apply only to news products like the Google News vertical, they added, not general web content queries.” This is my jaw on the floor.
Phys .org: News aggregator websites play critical role in driving readers to media outlet websites. “News aggregators help to simplify consumers’ search for news stories by gathering content based on viewing history or other factors. Commonly used aggregators include Google News, Yahoo! News, and others. They offer links to news stories published by news outlets and save consumers considerable time and effort in finding news. New research in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science examined the relationship between the two, specifically data compiled after the shutdown of ‘Google News’ in Spain in December 2014.”
CNET: Google News reportedly ends digital magazines, refunds active subscriptions. “Google has reportedly begun sunsetting its print-replica magazine service. Paid Google News magazine users have begun receiving emails announcing that the service is shutting down, Android Police reported Friday.”
SEO Roundtable: Google News Submission Not Required, Powered By BERT & New Top Stories Features. “Google announced some new features around Google News and Top Stories. First, now Google is using BERT and other machine learning techniques to examine the related articles and determine where one story ends and another begins. Second, Google no longer requires you to submit your site for inclusion into Google News to be shown in News or Top Stories. And Top Stories got some new features.”
The Bull: French media launch copyright case against Google. “French media organisations lodged a complaint against Google to the country’s competition authority Wednesday over the US internet giant’s refusal to pay for displaying their content. The move sets up a legal fight with Google over a new EU copyright law that could have huge repercussions for the future of the press.”
Google Blog: Connect with news in multiple languages with Google News . “Today, more than 60 percent of people around the world speak and consume news across two or more languages. Finding articles in these languages can be challenging, since it requires you to search for topics across various apps and websites. To help solve this problem, we’ve built a new feature in Google News that will provide access to news articles from multiple languages and countries from around the world, all within one app.”
Nieman Lab: Audio archiving, public meeting tracking, and more local boosts: Here are the 34 news projects Google is funding in North America. “On the same day that Facebook’s tab will start paying (some) publishers for their content, Google has announced its grantees in the local news-focused Google News Initiative North American Innovation Challenge. Thirty-four projects and newsrooms will receive funding from the largest digital advertising revenue earner as part of this challenge, out of a total of $5.8 million this round.”