Google Ditches Newspaper Archival Effort... To Help Publishers Charge For Online Content
from the i-thought-google-was-all-about-the-taking dept
Of course, Google's archival efforts had already coaxed various bitchy noises from various Big Content noiseholes, namely Rupert Murdoch (whose son, James Murdoch, was given free rein to lambast the British Library for attempting to do the same thing). So, thanks to incessant complaining and uphill battle after uphill battle to do a "good thing," Google has apparently decided it might be simpler to just do "a thing" and give publishers a hand with their money problems via OnePass, its new online payment platform.
Obviously, projects like a comprehensive archive of 200 years of newspapers are just another example of Google's selfish efforts to improve the flow of information. This kind of computing power and technical know-how is better utilized constructing virtual tollbooths on the information superhighway.
Honestly, Anthony, your industry can't fail fast enough.