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Blocking Google?
“Murdoch’s News Corp., which owns the Wall Street Journal and New York Post, among others, has discussed with Microsoft a plan to remove its newspaper content from Google’s search results.” Users will have to use Microsoft’s Bing to get access to these articles. Murdoch wants everyone to pay for news even if they are getting it online. First, I think is a horrible idea for everyone. Secondly, the internet as a whole is fickle, if a doorway is blocked it moves on to something new. If this goes through, I do not foresee things going well for Murdoch.

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  1. krismj88
    November 28, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    This idea would completely unbalance the internet as a whole. Once News Corp begins restricting their materials from other search engines there is noting stopping other news companies from following suit. The point of the internet is easy access to news and information. Restricting the news to only certain search engines limits our access and could even limit profitability.

  2. abendym
    November 29, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    This seems ridiculous. To pay for news and information does not make any sense and the whole idea of the internet is to make it easy to gain access to information. It can go one of two ways either people will use Bing or people will just use different newspapers to gain information and to see what’s going on in the news. I think this is a very bad idea.

  3. juliafuellenbach
    December 1, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I think we can’t say that people should not have to pay for information and news,as they indeed normally do so. You pay for your newspaper and you pay for your TV and the necessary power to watch the news. From the News Companies point of view I can understand that they don’t want to give free access to news, because at times before the internet they got paid for delivering information. So in the narrow view of corporate rsponsibility it is justified to let people pay for access to information. And I don’t think that a News Company has the responsibility to give costless access for infomation. That’s if producing companies would sell their products for free.
    But I also agree with you all that they nevertheless shouldn’t do it, because until now the access was costless and it would be very bad for the reputation of the companies to change these things. I’m sure these companies earn enough money, even without being paid for online information.

  4. twinpate
    December 7, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    I think the financial implications of blocking google alone make this notion ridiculous. For an industry like the newspaper industry that is having to completely change the way they do business, from paper to digital media, they would be crazy to sacrifice the possible page views that come in from google searches.

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