TechRadar: Facebook and Google will be forced to pay for news content in Australia. “The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has been instructed by the Australian government to create a mandatory code of conduct to instruct tech giants on how to share the revenue they generate from using content produced by news outlets, which Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said seeks to ‘level the playing field’.”
Reuters: France rules Google must pay news firms for content. “France’s competition authority ruled on Thursday that Google must pay French publishing companies and news agencies for re-using their content. The U.S. tech firm said it would comply with the French competition authority verdict, which followed a complaint by unions representing French press publishers.”
Google Blog: Ways to stay informed on coronavirus news. “The new COVID-19 experience on Google News pulls together and organizes all the latest news at the global and local level and provides easy access to the latest guidance regarding prevention, symptoms, and treatment from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other authoritative sources. This feature is available across iOS, Android and web platforms in more than 20 countries and will be coming to more in the upcoming weeks.”
Google Blog: Reaching a new generation of news viewers with VidSpark. “People in their teens and twenties are looking for content that’s important, but also engaging, fun, and relatable. We don’t need to seek out information; thanks to a variety of social feeds and specialized algorithms, it comes to us. But it doesn’t always come from trustworthy sources. Meanwhile, mainstream local news is struggling to meet young audiences where they are. If they rely only on their traditional methods of distribution, they risk becoming irrelevant to the next generation. With the support of the Google News Initiative, Poynter is announcing VidSpark—a program helping local newsrooms reach younger viewers online with engaging, shareable social video.”
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.”