by Mike Masnick
Thu, Jul 16th 2009 8:31am
With the silly introduction last week of the AP's attempt to create a weird and totally unnecessary new data feed to keep out aggregators and search engines, it seems that Google has gotten fed up. Google execs and employees have made similar statements on various panels and discussions, but Senior Business Product Manager Josh Cohen put up a blog post directed at newspapers, that can be summarized as: Dear newspapers: let me introduce you to a tool that's been around forever. It's called robots.txt. If you don't like us indexing you, use it. Otherwise, shut up. In only slightly nicer language.
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