Google Finally Hosting News On Its Site: Will Newspapers Get Pissed Off At AP Now?

from the ah,-the-shifting-marketplace dept

Earlier this month, we noted that it had been a year since Google had done a deal with the Associated press and there appeared to be nothing to show for it. That led to speculation that the deal really had nothing to do with with some new "news" product, and it was really about paying off the AP so it didn't sue Google for linking to AP stories (the way some other news organizations had done). That seemed strange because it was quite difficult to see what the Associated Press or anyone else had to argue about if Google News was providing their news partners more traffic. However, the snickering over a lack of any real project seems to have kicked Google into action, and they've just announced that they're going to start hosting news content on their own site from the AP and a few other news organizations the company has done deals with. Amusingly, I was unable to find the AP version of this story hosted on Google itself, but did find the Canadian Press version. There don't appear to be any advertisements on the Google hosted version, but there are links to "related news" -- which makes a lot of sense. Of course, if I were a publisher partner of the Associated Press, I'd actually be really upset by this deal -- but directed at the Associated Press, rather than at Google. This deal is likely to lower traffic to other sites that republish AP reports. So all those partners get no benefit from the deal and actually lose out on traffic. If there are newspapers who want to get upset about Google News, they should get upset at the AP for basically giving a bunch of their traffic directly to Google.
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    Avatar28, 31 Aug 2007 @ 7:38pm

    maybe they'll stop their sniveling now

    Well, they have been complaining about Google sending traffic their way. So screw 'em. Now people won't have to go to their sites, they can read the news right on Google without going to their site. Of course you KNOW they'll start screaming that Google is costing them all this money and using it as proof that Google should be sued for copyright infringement or something. I guarantee you that at least one is going to claim that the decrease in their traffic is proof, PROOF, that they were right all along about Google using them for a free ride. Idiots. I'm with the crowd that thinks that if a newspaper objects to having Google News reference their site that Google should just say, "okay, fine. From this point forward your site will not be crawled for Google news. Your stories will not appear in our database." Then A) watch their traffic plummet and B) their competitors' traffic go up. I wonder what they'd cry about then.

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