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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Coming Together

From the WS Journal:

A Mixed Blessing


News Portals Like Google News and Topix
Attract the Masses, But Irk Some Editors

By DAVID KESMODEL and VAUHINI VARA
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ONLINE
March 23, 2005

For years, news organizations have had a love-hate relationship with Web sites like Google News that aggregate articles from many sources. Newspapers and television stations like the traffic they get when such sites link to their online stories, but they don't like playing second fiddle to the Internet companies as a news destination.

Now, the relationship is growing more complex. Three big newspaper companies -- Gannett Co., Knight-Ridder Inc. and Tribune Co. -- have jointly purchased a majority stake in Topix.net, a Web site that aggregates headlines from more than 10,000 sources, including news sites and blogs. Together, the three newspaper giants operate more than 140 newspaper Web sites, many of which turn up on Topix searches. Topix said it won't give priority to stories from those sites in its index. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.


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