Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 18th May 2013 21:33 UTC
Google Why does Google get so much credit in the technology industry? Why, despite the company's many obvious failings, do many geeks and enthusiasts still hold a somewhat positive view on the all-knowing technology giant? A specific talk at Google I/O this week provides the answer.
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cdude: you are mixing up things.

The "Leisungsschutzrecht" legislation in Germany affects Google News. They were supposed to pay if the snippets are too long. Interestingly they got off the hook with last-minute lobbying. With the recently passed law only small-time bloggers remain under threat because they cannot afford the court costs to settle the question "snippet short enough/too long?" on a case by case basis.

In France the issue for Google News was settled with a one-off payment to some "new media" fund.

Shutting off RSS aggregation is a clear move to kill interoperability. As with CalDAV. As with XMPP. Surely they think it makes business sense. Surely it should make you think about how far you want to trust their siren songs to lure you into their walled garden...

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