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Law That Forced Google News To Shut Down In Spain Has Really Screwed Things Up

Back in December, Google announced that it was shutting down Google News in Spain as the result of a new law in that country that requires every Spanish publication to charge Google and other news aggregation services to show snippets from those publications regardless of whether or not the publisher actually wants it that way. As you may know, some …

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29% Of Millennials Can’t Recall Last Time They Read A Newspaper

Last week, a study from the Media Insight Project came out finding that millennials have little interest in paying for news. Now, Retale has some new findings based on a poll of over 1,000 people, looking at newspaper readership, format preferences, and attitude toward paying for content. According to that, only 19% of millennials have paid for newspaper content (print …

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Under Bezos, Washington Post Has A New Way To Make Money

Last year, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post. Now, the newspaper is moving forward with a new revenue stream, and it’s something pretty unique for a newspaper publisher. The Post will license its content management system to other newspaper sites, according to a report from The Financial Times, which says: Potential clients could include the recently …

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Bezos’ Washington Post Puts Amazon Affiliate Links In Articles

Over the weekend, some observers noticed that the Washington Post, which was purchased by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos last year, was featuring Amazon “Buy it Now” buttons/affiliate links in certain articles. Paul Carr at PandoDaily points to an article called “What Divisive ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ cover says about books and readers.” The article is about the cover art …

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Google Makes Deal With Local Publishers In U.S.

Google and The Local Media Consortium, which is made up of 800 newspapers and 200 local broadcast outlets from 41 member companies throughout the U.S., announced a strategic partnership, which will see Google providing the consortium’s members with ad products. The consortium will launch a private ad exchange powered by Google’s DoubleClick Ad Exchange technology. Additionally, members will have access …

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This Chart Shows That Google Is Bigger Than Newspapers And Magazines

Business Insider has put together a pretty interesting graph that is getting a lot of attention in the media. It illustrates, citing data from Google, the NAA and the PIB, that Google is now bigger than both magazines and newspapers in terms of advertising in the U.S. Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget presented the graph as a slide at the …

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Breaking Bad Fans Pay Tribute to Walter White in Albuquerque Journal

SPOILERS ahead… A high school science teacher and giant Breaking Bad fan recently teamed up with a bunch of Facebook fans to give Walter Hartwell White the proper obituary that he deserves. I mean a real obituary, in an actual newspaper. The Albuquerque Journal, to be exact. The obit was purchased by David Layman and some fans from the Facebook …

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The Implications Of Bezos’ Purchase Of The Washington Post

As you’ve more than likely learned by now, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is buying The Washington Post for $250 million. The news was announced Monday afternoon, and the Internet (at least the business end of it) just about exploded with excitement, skepticism and other reaction in general. Can tech mogul Bezos reinvent the newspaper? Let us know in …

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Newspapers Are Dying For A Lot Of Reasons, And Craigslist Is One Of Them

Newspapers are dying. It’s an inevitable fact that the Internet has made print newspapers largely irrelevant. People think that the Internet has only robbed newspapers of their readers due to the medium’s ability to deliver news faster, but a new study has found that the Internet has been taking ad dollars from newspapers as well. The Raw Story reports a …

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Jeff Bezos Is Buying The Washington Post

The Washington Post Company just announced that Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is buying its publishing business, including The Washington Post newspaper for $250 million. I bet you didn’t see that coming. To be clear, Bezos is buying it. Not Amazon. It will not become an Amazon property. “Everyone at the Post Company and everyone in our family has …

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Chicago Sun-Times Lays Off Its Entire Photography Staff

In yet another sign of the effect the internet has had on physical newspapers, the Chicago Sun-Times this week announced that it has laid off all of its staff photographers. The newspaper released a statement on the move, saying that its audience is “seeking more video content with their news.” The statement, in full: The Sun-Times business is changing rapidly …

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Newspapers Support AP Fight Against Meltwater

A group of newspapers, including The New York Times, has lent its support to The Associated Press in a lawsuit against Meltwater, a company that scans news from around the world, and helps businesses track keywords and topics of interest. The service reportedly reproduces headlines and story snippets for clients, along with links to the actual stories – pretty much …

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Don’t Expect Google To Fund Publishers All Over The World

Earlier this month, Google announced an agreement with publishers in France, which involves Google creating a €60 million fund called the DIgital Publishing Innovation Fund to “help support transformative digital publishing initiatives for French readers.” The agreement came after a lengthy battle with publishers who wish to be paid for the privilege of search engines to link (with snippets) to …

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German Publishers Reportedly Won’t Go For A Google Deal Like Those In France

Google and France President Francois Hollande, on Friday, announced a deal that the search giant has made with French publishers to who want to be paid for the content that Google links to. Google agreed to create a €60 million fund called the DIgital Publishing Innovation Fund to “help support transformative digital publishing initiatives for French readers.” Google says it …

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Would You Ever Pay To Link?

Money for links. What a concept. We’re not talking about paying someone to have them link to you. We all know Google’s stance on that. If you pay for a link that passes PageRank, and Google discovers it, you’ll find yourself with some SEO problems, to say the least. The fact that people do engage in this practice, however, illustrates …

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Does Google Even Need Newspaper Publishers?

In case you haven’t been following, Google has been battling traditional media publishers in a number of countries for years. Publishers want Google to pay to license their content so they can point to it in search results. In Brazil, 90% of the country’s newspaper circulation pulled out of Google News entirely. In France, Google faces a potential law which …

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Google vs. Publishers: Who’s Right?

The story is old, but it is ongoing. It’s the same argument that’s been around for years, but it’s reaching a boiling point, and it’s doing so at a time when the flow of news is coming from more directions than it ever has before. Hurricane Sandy is just the latest in a long line of examples proving that point. …

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Matt Cutts Has To Explain Paid Links To Newspaper

Google’s Matt Cutts has a new blog post up about paid links. He says he was contacted by an unnamed newspaper who saw its Pagerank drop from a 7 to a 3, and wanted to know why. The reason, as Cutts explains, was because the site was selling links that passed PageRank, which is, of course, a violation of Google’s …

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Warren Buffett Declares Free News Unsustainable

When Warren Buffett speaks, Wall Street listens. The 81-year-old Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway has used his keen business sense to become one of the richest men in the world. So, when Warren Buffett says that free news is bad business, publications around the world might want to take a second look at their business models. Buffett’s proclamation came …

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Times-Picayune to Only Print Three Times a Week

Times-Picayune, one of the oldest newspapers in the nation, will only print three times a week beginning this fall. By doing so, New Orleans effectively becomes the largest city without a newspaper that runs seven days a week. Additionally, three other papers owned by Advance Publications, The Birmingham News, the Press-Register in Mobile, and The Huntsville Times, will cut down …

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Associated Press: You Can Link, But It’s Not Encouraged [Updated]

The Associated Press and the Internet at large have had something or a rocky relationship through the years. The organization has not taken kindly to the direction web news has gone in…essentially since the rise of blogs. In 2009, AP President Tom Curley talked about how “even minimal use” of its articles online required licensing agreements, according to the New …

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Is The Internet A Danger To Local News?

The funeral bells have been tolling for some time now for the print industry, signifying the demise of newspapers and magazines as more and more news is generated for Internet consumption. As people continue to surround themselves with more digital screens – their tvs, their smartphones, their tablets – one would could easily argue that the relocation of viable news …

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Some Traditional Media Organizations Understand The Web

It’s always nice to see when traditional media organizations show some understanding of the way the web works. Last week, we reported on proposed legislation in Germany that seeks to have news aggregators pay to use snippets of (and possibly links to) publishers’ content. As discussed in a previous article, there are a lot of gray lines around what should …

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L.A. Times Launching A Paywall For Their Online Content

It’s no surprise that the traditional newspaper model is a failing model – at least in major cities. One of the ways to offset the decline in revenue is to launch a paywall. The L.A. Times is the latest newspaper to launch such a program. On Friday, the L.A. Times announced the launch of a new membership program for their …

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Gannett Print Revenue Down, Digital Up

Gannett, publisher of USA Today and a number of other newspapers, reported its Q4 earnings today, missing analysts’ estimates. The company’s publishing segment operating revenue was down 5.3% year-over-year to $1.01 billion for the quarter. Ad revenues were $670.7 million in the quarter compared to $722.3 million in the fourth quarter last year. Digital revenues in the Publishing segment, however, …

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British Library Makes 300 Years of Newspapers Searchable Online

The British Library and BrightSolid Online Publishing have teamed up to digitize up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library’s collection over the next 10 years. There is also a searchable online newspaper archive that consists of three million pages of newspaper content originally funded as part of a £3m contribution from JISC in addition to the millions …

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Newspaper Ads Driving Purchasing Decisions

Newspaper advertising is the top source that consumers turn to for making shopping and purchasing decisions, according to a survey conducted for the Newspaper Association of America by Frank N. Magid Associates. The study titled “How America Shops and Spends 2011,” found that 79 percent of adults said they “took action” as a result of newspaper advertising in the past …

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RR Donnelly Buys Journalism Online

Printing company RR Donnelley said today it has acquired Journalism Online, a company aimed at helping news papers monetize their web content. Financial terms of the deal were not released. Three veteran media executives are behind Journalism Online including Steven Brill, founder of Court TV, Gordon Crovitz, a former publisher of The Wall Street Journal, and Leo Hindery, a former …

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Reviewing The Daily

The Daily (the new iPad news publication from News Corp.) has been out for a day now, and after having the chance to mess around with it, it’s hard for me to know just what to make of it, and frankly I’m having a hard time seeing this as a revolution in digital content (or print content or paid content). 

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TigerLogic Launches A Real-Time Facebook Newspaper


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Newspapers and Magazines Come to Kobo eReader, iPhone and iPad Apps

Kobo announced that it is now offering newspapers and magazines for the Kobo Wireless eReader and its iPhone and iPad apps. The selection includes "dozens of top U.S. and Canadian publications". As an added bonus, the company is offering a two-week free trial period. 

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Newspaper Websites Attract More Than Half Of U.S. Internet Users

Newspaper websites in the U.S. pulled in 102.8 million unique visitors in September, accounting for 61 percent of all adult Internet users, according to research from comScore for the Newspaper Association of America (NAA).

John-Sturm The report also found newspaper websites reach more than half (55%) of 25-to-34-year-olds and 73 percent of individuals in households earning more than $100,000 a year.

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E-Reader Owners More Engaged Online

More than three-quarters of adults in the U.S. in e-reader households read a newspaper in print or online during the past week, compared to 71 percent of all adults, according to a new report from Scarborough Research.

Forty-one percent of adults in E-Reader Households visited a newspaper website during the past month, compared to 27 percent of total adults. They are 48 percent more likely than all consumers nationally to have visited a newspaper website during this time frame.

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Is an Apple Store for Print Publications Really the Answer?

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple could announce a "print subscription" offering as early as the next month or two. The publication cites "people familiar with that matter", though one of these people said it may come early next year, alongside the next version of the iPad. That sounds more like Apple’s style to me. 

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Links Add Value That Print Can’t Match

Links are one of the biggest reasons that the print industry can’t compete with web content. This is not a new revelation, but after reading an interesting piece about the value of links by Scott Rosenberg, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it spelled out so crystal clear, and interestingly enough, it’s not really the point of his article.

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Will People Pay for App-Based News Publications?

A couple weeks ago, reports surfaced that News Corp. was working on a new app-only publication. Even before much was known about the project, some heralded it as a "game changer". I find that notion to be a bit premature.

Will this be a game changer? Tell us what you think.

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New York Times-Owned Paper Puts Paywall Around Online Content, the website for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette in Massachusetts, which is owned by the New York Times Company, has now put up a paywall. On, users are granted with a message, which reads:

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News “Game Changers” Coming Out of the Woodwork

News Corp. is reportedly considering working on some new app-based news product that would be separate from any of its existing print or web publications. An experiment in the future of news? Perhaps. A game changer? We’ll see. CNBC seems to think it might be.

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Apple Packs New Version of Safari with Extensions

Apple released the latest version of its Safari web browser today, version 5.0.1. The release comes with Safari Extensions and the Safari Extensions Gallery.

While extensions became available in Safari 5 lat month for developers, the gallery makes them available to users. A few organizations that have already created extensions for the browser include: Amazon, Bing, Major League Baseball, the New York Times, and Twitter.

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Yahoo And Gannett In Local Advertising Deal

Yahoo and Gannett have entered into a local advertising partnership under which all of Gannett’s 81 newspaper sites and seven of its broadcast sites will sell Yahoo advertising.

The partnership expands Yahoo’s Newspaper Consortium which includes more than 800 newspapers and has sold more than 40,000 local ad campaigns.

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Groupon and McClatchy Team Up on Deals at Newspaper Sites

Groupon has signed a national agreement with The McClatchy Company to distribute exclusive content to McClatchy’s sites in 28 U.S. markets.

Visitors to McClatchy sites will get deals from Groupon that aren’t even available at These will initially launch in Sacramento and Kansas City, with other regions following over the coming months.

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Newspapers Launch eBay Competitor Boocoo to Help Boost Revenues

Over 300 newspapers have joined together with Ranger Data Technologies to launch a new online auction site called Boocoo that would compete with eBay, and hopefully boost newspapers’ revenues. The auction site puts an emphasis on local auctions.

Could an online auction site help newspapers in the revenue department? Tell us what you think.

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Sun Covering Up its Page 3 Girls for Apple?

Yesterday, the Sun’s iPad app made headlines because it was reportedly somehow able to sneak nudity past Apple’s app approval process, which is notoriously strict (even with cartoon nudity).

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NYT Doesn’t Want Its Feeds in Paid Feed Readers

Pulse News Reader, an iPad app that Steve Jobs himself showed off in his keynote at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference was kicked out of the App Store later that day, because the New York Times sent Apple a notice that the app was using its content without license.

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New York Times Paywall Loophole – Access Through Links

Back in January, the New York Times announced that it would be gravitating to a metered paywall system at the beginning of 2011. This would let readers access an as-of-yet unspecified number of articles for free each month, until requiring payment for further access. Meanwhile, print subscribers would have full access to content online.

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Journalism Doesn’t Need Saving, Maybe Delivery Just Needs Tweaking

The state of the news industry continues to be brought up on a frequent basis. Is journalism dying? Should publications put up paywalls? Should they block search engines and news aggregators. These are all questions that continue to be brought up repeatedly.

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Google Working on New News Content/Ad Models?

Update: Google has now released video of Schmidt’s speech. Watch it and hear what Schmidt has to say right from him.


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McClatchy Taps WebVisible For Online Marketing

Newspaper company McClatchy said today it is rolling out WebVisible’s online marketing platform to all 29 of its U.S. markets in an effort to boost advertising revenue.

WebVisible says its platform will give McClatchy’s local advertisers a better way to get found in newspaper listings, newspaper websites, search engines, or via mobile phones or navigation devices.

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Nearly Half Of Americans Say Newspapers Will Disappear

Nearly half (49%) of Americans agree with the statement "In the future, there will be no more newspapers because everyone will be getting their news over the Internet," according to a new survey from Arbitron and Edison Research.

This is a significant increase compared with results from just three years ago when only 27 percent agreed with the same statement.

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Google Looking to Split Print Pages into Individual Web Articles?

Back in 2008, Google filed a patent, which was recently published for public viewing. The patent is called "Segmenting Printed Media Pages Into Articles," and appears to imply that the company wants to take individual articles from print publications and turn them into individual articles on the web. The abstract says:

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Newspaper Websites Most Valued Local News Source

Newspaper websites are the most valued sites for people seeking credible and trustworthy local content, according to a new survey conducted by comScore for the Newspaper Association of America (NAA).

More than half (57%) of the 3,050 respondents cited local newspaper websites as the top online source for local information. That percentage increases for upper income households (63%) and for the college educated (60%).

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Mark Cuban Updates His Stance on Google

Update: Cuban has now posted a lengthy explanation of his stance on Google. Essentially, he appears to view Google as helpful if not necesary for lesser known brands, but as a bad business decision for big names in the news industry.

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Newspaper Sites Attracted 37% Of All Internet Users

Newspaper websites attracted an average monthly unique audience of 72 million visitors in the fourth quarter of 2009, representing 37 percent Internet users.

The figures come from a custom analysis by Nielsen Online for the Newspaper Association of America.  Newspaper websites users generated more than 3.2 billion page views during the quarter, spending more than 2.4 billion minutes sites.

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Is the New York Times Jumping the Gun on Paid Content?

There has been a lot of talk of late about how the New York Times would probably be moving towards a paid model for its online content. The newspaper has now come right out and said that starting in early 2011, visitors to will get "a certain number of articles" for free every month, before asking to pay a flat fee for unlimited access. Subscribers to the print edition would receive full access to the site for no additional charge.

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Internet Users Favor Google Over Newspaper websites

Declines in U.S. newspapers’ print circulation will continue as consumers increasingly gravitate toward the Internet for news, according to new research from Outsell.

The firm predicts a 3.5 percent annual drop in both daily and Sunday circulation, leading to a low of 43 million Sunday newspaper readers by 2012, compared to more than 62 million in the early 1990s.

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Less Than Half Of Americans Read A Daily Newspaper

Less than half (43%) of Americans say they read a daily newspaper, either online or in print almost everyday, according to a new report from Adweek Media and Harris Interactive.

Nearly three-quarters (72%) of Americans say they read one at least once a week while 81 percent read a daily newspaper at least once a month. Ten percent say they never read a daily

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USA Today Rolls Out New Homepage

USA TODAY has introduced a newly designed homepage, the first major redesign for the site since 2007.

The new site offers improved navigation and a cleaner feel with the aim of making it easier for users to find content. The new homepage loads 25 to 35 percent faster allowing users to get to news content quickly. Initially the redesign is launching just on the homepage and more changes will be visible over the rest of the site in the coming weeks.

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Google Pushes Chrome With Newspaper Ads

Google is a master of online advertising, and in recent days, has more than ever been vilified as an enemy of the newspaper industry.  People were understandably surprised, then, to find ads for Chrome plastered all over a UK newspaper this morning.

The Metro is a free paper targeted at commuters in 16 cities.  It’s supposed to be the world’s largest free paper and the UK’s fourth largest paper of any sort, with 1.3 million copies distributed every weekday.

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Online Ad Spending Up 7%

U.S. advertising spending in the first nine months of 2009 fell by 14.7 percent compared to the same period in 2008, according to a new report by TNS Media Intelligence.

Ad spending during the third quarter of 2009 was down 15.3 percent compared to last year, marking the sixth consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines.

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Is This the Answer for Online News Revenue?

Leading publishers are getting together for what is widely being considered something of a "Hulu for magazines." Publishers involved include Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corporation and Time Inc.

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Fair Syndication Consortium Calls Foul On Google

In most pie charts that feature Google, the search giant dominates the circle, and a new one from the Fair Syndication Consortium follows that pattern.  Unfortunately for Google’s reputation, the chart’s titled "How unlicensed use of U.S. newspaper content is monetized."

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Majority Of Americans Reading Newspapers In Print And Online

The majority (74%) of Americans, or nearly 171 million people, read a newspaper in print or online during the past week, according to a new report by Scarborough Research.

"While our data does show that print newspaper readership is slowly declining, it also illustrates that reports about the pending death of the newspaper industry are not supported by audience data," said Gary Meo, Scarborough Research’s Senior Vice President of Print and Digital Media Services.

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The Boston Globe Launches Digital Newspaper

The Boston Globe has launched a digital version of its newspaper called GlobeReader, which can be read online or offline.

GlobeReader replaces the preview edition that launched over the summers and was available to subscribers for free. The GlobeReader is still available for free to Boston Globe’s seven-day newspaper subscribers.

For non-subscribers the GlobeReader is offered for $4.98 per week. A bundle including home delivery of the Sunday Globe along with 7-day access to the Globe Reader is offered at the same price.

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Newspaper Websites Attract 74 Million Visitors In Q3

An average of 74 million people visited newspaper websites in the third quarter of 2009, representing 38 percent of all Internet users, according to a custom analysis by Nielsen for the Newspaper Association of America (NAA).

Newspaper website visitors generated more than 3.5 billion page views during the quarter, spending 2.7 billion minutes browsing the sites over more than 596 million sessions.

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Print Publishers Embracing Mobile Market

More print publishers are focusing on the mobile market as a way to expand their brands, reach new audiences and generate additional revenue while offering advertisers the chance to reach locally targeted engaged audiences, according to a new survey from the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC).

Forty-five percent of respondents who track mobile’s impact on their website traffic said the devices increased visits by up to 10 percent today. Half believe mobile traffic to their websites will increase by five to 25 percent in the next two years.

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Journalism Online Signs Up 1000 Affiliates

Journalism Online, a venture aimed at generating revenue for news publishers by charging readers for online content, has announced it now has more than 1,000 affiliates who have signed on to its platform.

Journalism Online co-founder Steven Brill said that the results of a recent study released by the American Press Institute, found that nearly 60 percent of American newspapers are "actively considering" initiating some form of paid access for their online content.

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Can SEO Help Save the Publishing Industry?

At the Search Engine Strategies conference in San Jose, WebProNews attended the session on how SEO can help save the publishing industry, a quite interesting topic, considering the controversy the industry has been experiencing of late. Do you think SEO can help publishers save their businesses? Share your thoughts here.

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Reuters Happy to Take Traffic the AP Doesn’t Want

Update: Google evidently likes the Reuters philosophy on this matter. The company recently tweeted the following message:

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Google Continues to Satisfy, News Publishers Don’t

The latest American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) shows that Google reigns supreme in the search engines and portal industry when it comes to customer satisfaction. This isn’t hard to believe considering Google’s share of the search market.

There’s a reason why Google dominates the arena. Users are generally satisfied with the results they get, and see no reason to switch engines. That is why Microsoft has its work cut out for it with making Bing a true competitor.

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Newspaper Websites Pull In 70 Million Visitors In June

Newspaper websites attracted more than 70.3 million unique visitors in June, reaching 35.9 percent of all Internet users, according to a custom report by Nielsen Online for the Newspaper Association of America.

News paper website visitors viewed 3.5 billion page views during the month, spending 2.7 billion minutes browsing the sites in more than 597 million sessions.

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Google News Organizes a Lot More of the World’s Information

Last year, Google News began digitizing newspapers to make them accessible and searchable online. Those interested in the online news industry and its relationship to newspapers will be interested to know that Google has quadrupled the number of articles included in the Google News Archive Search since the initiative began in September.

Articles are coming from new sources like:

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Local News on YouTube Another Newspaper-Like Issue?

Back in June, YouTube made a couple of announcements that indicated the most popular video site in the world was planning on taking news seriously. YouTube invited major publishers to become partners, and they also launched a new resource for citizen reporters called the YouTube Reporters’ Center.

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Boston Globe Rolls Out Digital Newspaper

The Boston Globe announced today the launch of GlobeReader, a new digital version of the newspaper that can be read offline or online.

With GlobeReader the content of the Globe is downloaded daily to a subscriber’s desktop, laptop or netbook, in a format aimed at resembling the look and feel of the print version of the Boston Globe.  A preview edition is currently available to Globe subscribers. Plans for further expansion are in the works.

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Dow Jones Exec Describes Google As “Digital Vampire”

Given how everyone seems to love HBO’s "True Blood" and a certain series of books by Stephenie Meyer, it might, at first listen, have been possible to imagine that a Dow Jones exec gave Google a compliment yesterday.  The man wasn’t being overly nice when he compared Google to a "digital vampire," though. 

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AP Has Some Ideas For Making Money Online

The Associated Press (AP) is saying it hopes to negotiate more lucrative licensing deals with major web sites. Reporting for the AP itself, Michale Liedtke says that AP CEO Tom Curley discussed possible revenue initiatives to protect online content.

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Here are some key facts from the Liedtke’s piece: 

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More Newspapers Look to Yahoo for Targeted Local Advertising

Yahoo is welcoming several new members to its Newspaper Consortium. These are Freedom Communications’ flagship newspaper, Orange County (Calif.) Register and The Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colo.; the North Jersey Media Group’s The Record and Herald News; and The San Diego Union-Tribune.

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Amazon Kindle DX to Ship Soon

Update 2: The Kindle DX will ship on June 10th, a spokesperson for Amazon tells WebProNews. "The Kindle DX is currently available for pre-order and all orders are prioritized on a first come, first served
basis," they said.

 The Kindle DX is now available for pre-order at Amazon for $489.

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Newspaper Execs Discuss Strategies For Future

About two-dozen newspaper executives met in Chicago Thursday to discuss the future of the struggling industry and come up with ways to charge for their online content.

The gathering was part of the Newspaper Association of America’s annual event and included top executives from the New York Times, Gannett, E.W. Scripps, McClatchy, Hearst Newspapers and MediaNews Group among others.

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Eric Schmidt Discusses Numerous Hot Issues

The other day, Google CEO Eric Schmidt gave quite an inspirational speech at the University of Pennsylvania, in which he shared his interpretation of the meaning of life. He talked about technology and the importance of the organization of the world’s information – Google’s ultimate goal.

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Google Not Buying a Newspaper

For a while, the blogs were burning with the rumors that Google was going to buy a newspaper. Eric Schmidt has laid these suspicions to rest by announcing that Google will not pursue that option.

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Many Consumers Willing To Pay For Online News

Even with a global recession, newspapers have a long-term future, according to a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the World Association of Newspapers.

Despite the potential for growth online, print remains the largest source of revenue for newspaper companies and will continue to be so for some time.

Consumers are willing to pay for online content, with two-thirds indicating they would pay for general news content online.

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USA Today – Social and Thriving

Perhaps more newspapers should follow the USA Today model. While there are no doubt other factors that come into play, one thing that has stuck out to me about USA Today, is that the publication actively engages in and embraces social media.

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Is Google Just a Scapegoat for Newspapers?

WebProNews recently interviewed Search Guru Danny Sullivan and discussed several things including the newspaper industry and how it views Google as a threat. Do you think Google is the problem? Share your thoughts here.

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Google’s Mayer Testifies on Future of Journalism

Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Search and User Experience at Google is testifying on Capitol Hill today before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet.

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Online News More Trusted Than TV News

Online news sites are now second only to recommendations from friends as the most trusted source of information in the U.S., according to a survey from TNS.

In the U.S. 38 percent of those surveyed cited online news as the most trusted source of information, while 34 percent trusted newspapers and 33 percent TV news.

Globally, the most trusted information source was friends, with 42 percent of those surveyed saying they trusted word-of-mouth recommendations. Almost an equal number trusted TV news (41%), online news (40%) and newspapers (39%).

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How Newspapers Should Adapt To Digital Era

It’s not a news story–doesn’t really rise to the level of newsworthiness–but people do seem to be talking more lately about the death of newspapers. Recently even Eric Schmidt of Google discussed how newspapers must find a mixture of advertising, micropayments, and regular subscriptions to fund their futures. To me, all this talk about how newspapers collect money is misplaced. Instead, I think newspapers must think about how to flourish by remaining relevant in the new digital world.

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What Separates a Blogger from a Journalist?

The New York Times is running an article looking at "hyperlocal" web sites as replacements to traditional newspapers. The catalyst for the concept is obviously the fact that some newspapers have been dying off, at least in print form.

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Online-Only Newspapers Face Uphill Battle

Newspapers that make the move to online-only risk losing 75 percent of their revenue and a decline in Web traffic, according to researchers from City University in London.

Their study focused on the Finnish financial newspaper Taloussanomat, which stopped its print version and went online- only in December 2007. The move was made after the paper had suffered significant losses.

By going online-only the papers costs were reduced by 50 percent but its online traffic decreased by 22 percent and revenues fell by more than 75 percent.

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AP YouTube Content “Misappropriated?”

The Associated Press is both angering the web and making it laugh this week. By now, I’m sure you’re familiar with the AP’s announced plans to "protect" it’s content from "misappropriation." If not, WebProNews Publisher Rich Ord has a good piece on that here.

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Google CEO Eric Schmidt Fires Back at Newspapers

The Associated Press (AP) announced this week that it’s working on a system  to "protect" its content from being "misappropriated" online. WebProNews CEO Rich Ord posted a thought-provoking piece on the subject giving some background into the situation.

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AP Launches News Content Protection Initiative

Protecting News Content?The Associated Press has announced its plan to launch an initiative to protect news content from "misappropriation" online.

"We can no longer stand by and watch others walk off with our work under misguided legal theories," says AP Chairman Dean Singleton.

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Nearly Half Get News Online in Spain

Research from comScore found that out of the total Spanish Internet audience of 18.3 million people in February, 8.4 million or 46% visited an online newspaper site.

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Newspapers Are A Dying Breed, Will You Miss Them?

I don’t read the Raleigh News & Observer during the week, but I do enjoy reading it at the weekend. There’s something relaxing and familiar about reading printed news with my coffee and breakfast. As much as I enjoy the experience, I’ve noticed that more and more ads are filling up the pages–with less articles, and in some cases, complete sections being retired.

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Local Google News Feature Recently Expanded

Here in the United States, we’ve been enjoying the local news section in Google News for a while now. Last year, Google launched this feature allowing people all over the country to see news pertaining to their local city aggregated in its own section on Google News just like the World, National, Business, Entertainment, etc. categories.

On Friday Google launched the feature for Google News users in the UK, India, and Canada. To use it, find the local section on the front page and enter your city, state, or postal code in the local search bar:

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Christian Science Monitor Moves To The Web

The Christian Science Monitor will print its final edition tomorrow as it moves to an online only publication.

The Monitor announced its plans in October to end its daily print edition and become the first major international paper to embrace digital media.

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Former Newspaper Staffers Plan Online News Site

A number of former Rocky Mountain News staffers have announced the launch of, an online news site with the aim of keeping the Rocky alive.

The E.W. Scripps Co. closed the Rocky Mountain News last month after failing to find a qualified buyer.

To launch the site, In Denver Times needs 50,000 subscribers by April 23, 2009, the 150th anniversary of the Rocky Mountain News. If that goal is reached, the full site will launch on Monday, May 4, 2009.

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Seattle Post-Intelligencer Moves Online

The Seattle Post- Intelligencer (P-I) will become the nation’s largest daily newspaper to move entirely online, its publisher Hearst Corporation announced today.

The announcement was made by Frank A. Bennack, Jr., vice chairman and chief executive officer, Hearst Corporation, and Steven R. Swartz, president of Hearst Newspapers. The final print edition of the newspaper will appear tomorrow.

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Twitter Bigger Than Newspapers in the UK

Data from Hitwise shows that Twitter is getting more traffic than most newspaper sites in the UK. Twitter is the 54th most visited site there.

Twitter has overtaken sites like the Guardian, Times, Sun, Telegraph, and even Google News UK. Daily Mail is the only main newspaper home page that received more traffic than Twitter in the UK.

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Rocky Mountain News Dead

A newly elected US Representative out of Colorado has given himself and hometown bloggers credit for killing local newspaper Rocky Mountain News, which stopped its presses last Friday.

Rep. Jared Polis (CO-D) likely stunned the Netroots Nation in Your Neighborhood event with this quip:

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Revenue Decline at

Between the decline in newspaper performance and the dominance of financial reporting in the news, you would think that online financial publications would be one area that is flourishing in this economic downturn.

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