Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Content is king

Google blinked.

In the intensifying staring contest between publishers and the Internet giant, Google made a play to appease media companies yesterday, allowing them to cap free news access.

The Internet giant said that it would let media companies limit access to their paid content, closing a loophole in its "first click free" program that gave savvy users unlimited entry. Now readers can only access a paid site five times a day through Google News and Google web search.

The move came as publishing companies descended on Washington to discuss the threats facing journalism in the digital age.

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