Google hits back at WSJ’s ‘internet vampire’ claims

Google has vowed to heal the rift with newspaper publishers facing up to the digital age, rejecting claims that it is an “internet vampire”. The internet search portal’s comments came after Les Hinton, the chief executive of The Wall Street Journal, last week criticised Google for “sucking the blood” out of the newspaper business.Josh Cohen, a senior manager at Google News, rejected the claim, saying: “We see our relationships with newspapers as strong partnerships where we both bring something to the table. We bring a lot of value to publishers.” Mr Hinton’s boss, Rupert Murdoch, and Dean Singleton, chairman of the news agency Associated Press have also attacked online news services for “misappropriating” content.

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