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German publishers capitulate and let Google post news snippets -- for now

Loek Essers | Oct. 24, 2014
German publishers said they are bowing to Google's market power, and will allow the search engine powerhouse to show news snippets in search results free of charge, at least for the time being.

A Google spokesman meanwhile said the company would keep publishing snippets from the publishers who gave permission. "We are pleased that most VG Media publishers have joined the vast majority of German publishers in agreeing that we can continue to display snippets, generating millions of views for their sites," he said.

Google is looking forward to talking with publishers about potential areas of collaboration, such as ways to help promote their websites and apps, increase traffic, and otherwise support digital publishing, he added.

 

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