Monday, March 2, 2009

Is Google killing off the newspapers?

New Europe has an interview with William Echikson, Google’s Senior Manager for Communications based in Brussels:

Q: Critics suggest that “Google is killing the newspaper.” What are your thoughts?

A: Again, it is the Internet, not Google, that is forcing a fundamental change in the newspaper business model. Google’s focus isn’t to create content; rather, it’s to get users to the news they are looking for. We don’t display the stories in their entirety. We simply show the headlines, a line or two of text, and links to the site – just enough information to make the user want to read the full story.

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