Google in talks with publishers to pay for premium news content: WSJ

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(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is in talks with publishers about paying a fee for content that would be packaged in a premium news product, reported the Wall Street Journal https://www.wsj.com/articles/google-in- talks-to-pay-publishers-for-content-in-premium-news-product-11581689169, citing people familiar with the subject.

A source close to Google confirmed that discussions were still in their infancy and that there was nothing to announce at this time.

"(We) are chatting with partners and looking for other ways to extend our ongoing work with publishers, building on programs such as our Google News initiative," said Richard Gingras, vice president of news, on Friday. from Google.

The tech giant launched the Google News Initiative in 2018 to eliminate fake news from the latest news.

Most of the publishers in talks with Google are outside the United States, including France and Europe, the Journal reported.

(Report by Supantha Mukherjee and Akanksha Rana in Bengaluru; edited by Anil D’Silva)

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