It really hasn't been a great week for Google. It began with the EU ordering them to make their privacy settings more user friendly.  They followed that up with the bungling of their latest earnings report, with it being leaked ahead of schedule, causing shares to be suspended after they dropped dramatically.

To cap it all, they have been under fire from publishers from around the world.  Firstly the French government has been petitioned by French news publishers to charge Google for listing their content in its index.  That has been followed by similar news coming from Brazil, where newspapers account for 90% of circulation have dumped Google News.

The Brazilian newspaper association claims that all 154 of its members have followed its suggestion to ban Google News from accessing their websites.  They claim that Google is getting their content for free and driving visitors away from their websites.

"Staying with Google News was not helping us grow our digital audiences, on the contrary," said the association's president, Carlos Fernando Lindenberg Neto.

"By providing the first few lines of our stories to Internet users, the service reduces the chances that they will look at the entire story in our websites," he said, in an interview with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.

Google News had previously carried the title of the news article and the first line of the article in a bid to entice readers to click through. With Google claiming that they send over 1 billion clicks to news sites around the world, it does seem to cap a pretty bizarre week for the news industry, especially as people will still be able to find these sites in the main Google search results.

Maybe Google should start charging them for their listings in that, rather than sending them so much free traffic.

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