Reuters reports the European Publishers Council, mindful of Google's settlement last week with France, is arguing that the company must extend its offer to pay media for its content across the continent. It asserts that Google makes its money from the free access to published content. While Google has never agreed to pay for links, it has settled in France and Belgium with funds to support media.
AOL released quarterly financials today that indicate revenue growth, but there was precious little about the performance of its hyperlocal Patch operation. Bernard Lunn, the digital media and software entrepreneur, has an extensive post on the importance of the Patch experiment for those who wonder about the business model of local journalism in the digital age. He believes the successes in local content will be the authentically committed, not those with the hot money.
The day after the announced closure of EveryBlock, a ground-breaking but ultimately unsuccessful venture in local content, Knight-Mozilla Open Project leader Dan Sinker writes of its impact. While EveryBlock failed to catch on for a variety of reasons, Sinker says there are countless versions of what it originally coded now on display as integral in our way of approaching local information. "EveryBlock is one of those ideas that bent the world in a new way when it came around," he writes.