MICROSOFT has held talks with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp over a possible plan for the software giant to pay the media company to remove its news websites from Google. [source]
The source cited the biggest beneficiary to be the newspaper. I do not agree. In fact, it will spell the end of news paper.
News are everywhere, news agencies competing against each other, bloggers "reporting" live and new microbloggers such as Twitter. When news.com.au are blocked from indexing by the default search engine, it will just not be visible to millions of online reader who only read online news, like me.
The only viable business model of online news is advertising, just like paper-based news which depend overwhelmingly on advertising already. Cutting readership is cutting revenue stream.
Good luck with News Corp if they really go ahead with M$'s plan.