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German Parliament Passes News Licensing Law, but Its Future is Unclear

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, March 1 2013

Protest against licensing law in Berlin (Flickr)

The German Parliament has passed a watered-down version of a government-sponsored proposal that could require some search engines and news aggregators to pay a license fee to republish news content. The bill now goes to the upper house of parliament. And even if it takes effect, it remains unclear how much power and meaning such a law aimed at applying German copyright law to Germany-based websites and services can have given the global nature of the World Wide Web. Read More

Rick Santorum's Vest: It Pays to Have Style

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, January 12 2012

Rick Santorum's campaign is milking the sweater vest for all that it's worth: Since its rise to prominence immediately prior to the Iowa primary, his clean-cut stylings have become a driver of revenue and earned media. Time's Alexandra Sifferlin notes:

In case you are not following the trends, the suit is old news and the sweater vest is back. Fear Rick’s Vest now has a Twitter feed, a Tumblr, a Facebook page and a YouTube video. Sure it might be just a fad, here today and gone tomorrow, but that’s fashion for you.
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Santorum's Website After Iowa and his "Google Problem"

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, January 5 2012

Over at Search Engine Land, there's more baseball-insidery on Rick Santorum's online presence during and immediately after his big night in Iowa. The way the site was handled immediately after the Iowa caucus, Danny Sullivan writes, hurt Santorum's chances of keeping links to his pages higher in Google Search than pages that contribute to his "Google problem." Read More

Newt Gingrich's Online Surge: Will It Be Enough to Win?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, November 22 2011

A little more than half a year ago, at the beginning of March, I took a look at Newt Gingrich's presence online. As one of the longest-serving politicians in the presidential race, and a self-described geek, Newt had a ... Read More

Searches for "Revolution": Up in Egypt, Greece, Spain and the USA

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, October 18 2011

If Google search trends can predict where flu will break out in advance of actual reports of flu, can search trends also predict where revolutions are brewing? Judging from search trends in Egypt, Greece, Spain and the ... Read More


BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, October 11 2011

After a supporter of Gov. Rick Perry called the Mormon faith a cult, and with Perry and the rest of the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination set to debate tonight, it looks like people are turning ... Read More

Like Water For Google Juice

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, September 14 2011

The water district responsible for 2 million people's water supply in southeast Los Angeles County, Calif., was paying a communications firm to pass off positive, journalism-style articles as news coverage, the Los ... Read More