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The end of unlimited free news on Google?

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2009-12-02

Google announced Tuesday a new programme called First Click Free, which would allow publishers to charge users for extended browsing of their news sites by routing them to payment or registration pages.

AFP- Google on Tuesday said it will let publishers set a limit on the number of articles people can read for free through its search engine.
   
The move comes as media titans bash Google for profiting from online news pages indexed by the California-based Internet giant and served at no cost to people searching for stories, photos or other material online.
   
Google said publishers can join a First Click Free program that lets the Internet firm index website content but prevents Web surfers from having unrestricted access once they reach the online locales.
   
An Internet user's first click leads to the desired Web page, but attempts to delve deeper into a website are routed to payment or registration pages, according to Google.
   
"Previously, each click from a user would be treated as free," Google senior business product manager Josh Cohen said in a blog post.
   
"Now, we've updated the program so that publishers can limit users to no more than five pages per day without registering or subscribing."
   
The change announced Tuesday means Google users may start seeing registration pages pop up when they click for a sixth time on any given day at websites of publishers using First Click Free, according to Cohen.

Date created : 2009-12-02

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