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Google News in Spain to be shut down next week

12/10, 11:44pm

Pending law enforcement forces move, Google shutdown makes law irrelevant

The Google Europe Blog this week released an update on the status of Google News in Spain. Richard Gingras, Head of Google News, informed readers that Google News will be shut off for them next week, before a new law takes effect in January. Gingras writes this law requires publishers to charge search providers a licensing fee for any content visible on the search website (including headlines), "whether they want to or not."

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German publisher backs away from Google News fight after traffic drops

11/06, 7:45am

Alex Springer relents on Google News story fee demand in Germany

Germany's largest publisher, Alex Springer, is allowing Google to show snippets of articles in its search results and Google News. A number of major German newspapers restricted the information Google was allowed to show, in a bid to try and force Google to pay a per-story fee, but some have relented after discovering traffic to the sites went down far lower than expected.

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Spanish government orders Google to pay publishers for news story use

10/31, 12:18pm

Law passed in Spain requires fee payment for stories included on Google News

Google is being compelled to pay news publishers in Spain for showing their stories on Google News, after the Spanish government changed intellectual property laws in the country. Starting from January 1st of next year, Google and other companies can be charged by news organizations for aggregating news stories, and for showing news stories in search results.

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Lawsuit prompts Google News to remove thumbnails, snippets in Germany

10/02, 1:58pm

Year-old German copyright law interpretation in dispute between publishers, Google

Google has changed the way it shows articles in search results and Google News in Germany, as part of an ongoing battle against publishers in the country. Searches for news will now just show a headline and link to the story hosted on certain German news sites, removing the thumbnail images and article snippets Google usually displays for the listings.

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Google News to get tablet-optimized version soon

12/11, 5:07pm

Site to reproduce feel of flipping through magazine

Google has rolled out a redesign of its Google News portal that is meant to reproduce the feel of flipping through a magazine when viewed on a tablet. The new design takes advantage of the touch interface on tablets to allow users to swipe through sections or tap "Explore in depth" to see multiple articles and content related to a particular story. The redesign also adds additional space between articles to help reading ease and identification of important stories.

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