March 8, 2006

by Reb Yudel
Will Jews be first victim of Google?

Google represents a challenge to media: What happens when the aggregator gets the eyeballs, rather than the content produce? It's a question that was somewhat posed when Yori Yanover started his news digest for JCN a decade ago.

Today, Google has upped the ante with it's announcement of a Hebrew edition of Google News at http://news.google.co.il/

Unlike the English-language market, there aren't that many Hebrew-language news sources. Will the new Hebrew Google News hurt the ability of Haaretz.com and Yediot to sell ads on their home page, or will it increase the hits to the underlying articles? Will Google kill the goose that lays it golden news? The answer will be clearer, sooner, in Israel's micro-media economy. Hence -- along with a desire to increase my hits -- the fear-mongering headline.

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One of the first news items on the new Googlew was a threatened law suit served on them by Walla's attorneys. Nevermind that Walla is little more than a re-digest of Haaretz...

Posted by: Yori yanover at March 9, 2006 8:42 AM
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