The Bull: French media launch copyright case against Google

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

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.”

Audio archiving, public meeting tracking, and more local boosts: Here are the 34 news projects Google is funding in North America (Nieman Lab)

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.”

Toronto Star: Canadian media ‘unimpressed’ by Google news changes

Toronto Star: Canadian media ‘unimpressed’ by Google news changes. “Google’s recent decision to highlight investigative and exclusive journalism in its searches — while burying copycat news stories — was greeted with cautious praise and some cynicism by the Canadian media industry.”

ZDNet: Google’s public image disconnect: Smart engineers and dumb algorithms

ZDNet: Google’s public image disconnect: Smart engineers and dumb algorithms. “Google looks smart and its people behave smart, but that doesn’t mean its algorithms are smart. Machine learning works well when it comes to images, not language. Google’s dirty little secret is that its algorithms are quite dumb and have trouble understanding what they see and read.”