April 09, 2009

Rupert's Latest War

Newpapers declare a war on web parasites - BizTech - Technology - smh.com.au
Robert Thomson, the managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, used even harsher language than his boss in describing the situation.

"There is no doubt that certain websites are best described as parasites or tech tapeworms in the intestines of the internet," Thomson said in an interview with the newspaper The Australian.

"It's certainly true that readers have been socialised - wrongly I believe - that much content should be free," he said. "And there is no doubt that's in the interest of aggregators like Google who have profited from that mistaken perception."

The salvos by Singleton, Murdoch and Thomson appear to have been uncoordinated [LOL - gandhi] but they reflect rising anger among an industry facing a deepening crisis.

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