Is Google Squared a Content-Snatching Death Star?
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Alderaan, the planet under fire, would in this case would be news and other proprietary content appropriated without credit by a Google Squared aggregating service that all but dispenses with the traditional method of teasing, boldly crediting, and linking to stories.
"Here, you're lucky if you even find the source of information for someone else's content," said Danny Sullivan, editor in chief of SearchEngineLand.com, speaking at the Web 2.0 Expo at San Francisco's Moscone West today. "Surely there ought to be better discussion of where their information comes from."
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On Google Squared, information is collected from various sources, arranged on a grid, and supplemented with pop-up menus with supplementary information, in such a way that it may rarely be necessary for users to link to the actual sources of information.
Will this spur newspapers and other content produces to launch their own Jedi resistance -- and block Google from snatching information?
Sullivan suggested that, so far, there's been little incentive for content producers to resist Google.
"Google is giving far more than they're taking back," he said.
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