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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Google Bash 

No, not another Google product, but the view of the panel including Michael Hanfield of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Phillipe Janet of Les Echos, Ali Rahnema of the World Asaociation of Newspapers and Zach Leonard of News International.

The audience clearly disagree and feel that Google is here to stay and that publishers need to work with Google. Google News particularly was criticised in that it effectively steals content to create a potentially money earning product.

Zach kind of sided more with the audience in saying that we had to find a way to work with the likes of Google and he also said that he felt subscription revenues would be an increasing source of revenues online for newspapers. There's more to this thought and the conflict between syndication and subs - when will Google do their first syndication deal with a traditional publisher to guarantee access to their content?

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