Google and the Associated Press have renewed their content-licensing deal, which will enable Google to continue serving hosted AP stories to Google News readers, and possibly users of other Google services. On the Official Google News Blog, Google says:
"We've extended our existing licensing agreement with the Associated Press that permits us to host its content on Google properties such as Google News. We look forward to future collaborations, including on ways Google and AP can work together to create a better user experience and new revenue opportunities."
Adam Ostrow quotes a statement from the AP, saying the companies "have reached a new agreement on the continued licensing of AP content by Google (Google). Under the agreement, AP and Google will also work together in a number of new areas, such as ways to improve discovery and distribution of news."
Google and the AP have had an interesting relationship through the years. The AP has famously expressed its discontent from news aggregation services, and Google is the big kid on the block in that area.
Danny Sullivan says "a source familiar with the deal" says the deal is pretty much like the original deal between Google and the AP inked in 2006. This is probably why Google refers to old announcements for more information. Sullivan has a nice timeline outlining the events that have transpired between the two organizations.