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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Murdoch ponders Google block

News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch intends to block Google from indexing his newspaper content, accusing the search engine giant of "stealing"

The 78-year-old Murdoch has already announced plans to make readers pay to read his newspapers online but his warning that he may also make them invisible to Google has given rise to much speculation about the wisdom of the move.
"I think that when you're talking about Rupert Murdoch there's one of two things going on," said Dan Kennedy, an assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University.
"One possibility -- and I certainly wouldn't rule it out given his track record -- is that he's two or three steps ahead with something that none of the rest of us have figured out yet," Kennedy told AFP.
"But I think the other possibility is he really doesn't understand this medium and he's making a disastrous mistake and doesn't realize it yet."
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