Google is giving $1 billion to news publishers — to help convince governments not to take a whole lot more than that

Good news! Google’s going to spend $1 billion over the next three years paying publishers for their news. Specifically, the money will license publishers’ content for a new feature in Google News called Google News Showcase. That’s a billion dollars that publishers didn’t have before, and it’s better to have a billion dollars than to…

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For COVID-19, as with everything else, Americans on the right and left live in different universes when it comes to trusting the media

There are certain kinds of news stories that are really just iterations of an Ur-text, the defining statement about human existence that underlines a million variant tales. For instance, how many environmental stories do you read that are versions of Human activity is warming the earth’s atmosphere and damaging countless natural processes? Or how many…

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AJ+, Al Jazeera’s social-video-friendly service, will now have to register as a “foreign agent” in the United States

There’s state-supported media, and then there’s state-supported media. And without getting too Potter Stewart on you, you tend to know the difference when you see it. Virtually every country in the world spends public money on some form of broadcast media — directly or indirectly, through taxes or fees, with editorial control or editorial independence…

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