Rupert Murdoch accused Google of theft
Google blinks first in war with media
How powerful is media mogul Rupert Murdoch? Powerful enough to get Google to back down from its policy of not paying news sources.
Google will soon begin to limit access to 5 stories a day to newspaper or other media sites that want readers to pay for content.
Google News will still aggregate or list those stories. Readers who are not subscribers to the particular media source will be stopped after the 5th story they read.
Pages are down, spending is down, revenues are down, and the biggest feature of this holiday season in the media kingdom has been layoffs and buyouts
By DAVID CARR New York Times
Historically, young women and men who sought to thrive in publishing made their way to Manhattan. Once there, they were told, they would work in marginal jobs for indifferent bosses doing mundane tasks and then one day, if they did all of that without whimper or complaint, they would magically be granted access to a gilded community, the large heaving engine of books, magazines and newspapers.
Somewhere … cabals of bright young things are watching all the disruption with more than an academic interest. Their tiny netbooks and iPhones, which serve as portals to the cloud, contain more informational firepower than entire newsrooms possessed just two decades ago. And they are ginning content from their audiences in the form of social media or finding ways of making ambient information more useful. They are jaded in the way youth requires, but have the confidence that is a gift of their age as well. Read the whole story on the New York Times
Web Sheriff showed up on NJN this week, all nice and pleasant telling everyone where they could find “legit” versions of the Santa video.
Oooh very scary boys and girls. They were the one’s – or so I’m led to believe – that yanked down our YouTube account when after 100,000 views of [i]Beyond Here Lies Nothing [/i]
Well pardon me for getting 100,000 people to think Dylan might be a relevant modern artist. I’ll keep that to myself next time.
They do this by hand – just Google searching for miscreants who post songs or videos – and then send out warnings and take down orders.
It’s rather ironic and pathetic all at once.
Murdoch says I don’t need Google
The big talk from old media is paywalls. Unused to the new business model and bleeding money from the neck, newspapers and other media outlets are threatening to put up paywalls.
With a paywall site, it’s like Internet porn. The tease with a few clips but want to to subscribe to get the full meal deal.
Fox owner Rupert Murdoch is so convinced paywalls are the way of the future he is going to pull out of Google Search. That might be a lot of brave talk. Google has about 60% market share in search engines in the USA.
Magazines hit by recession and readers shifting to Internet sources
Stephen Pate, NJN Network, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, July 20, 2009 with story from mediabistro.com