Google News Spain ctd

Google News will still find articles from Spanish news sources – it’s just that you have to search rather Google rather than use Google News Spain. How long will this last?

How Google News Lives On In Spain Despite Being Closed by Danny Sullivan, Search Engine Land ( Dec 17)

“Google is inserting news content into a “En las noticias” box within regular search results of Google Spain … “

Freebase moving to Wikidata

Freebase, one of the sources for information on entities in Google’s Knowledge Graph and Bing’s Snapshot, is to be closed and its data transferred to Wikidata. Volunteers at Freebase had built up 46 million topics – and the big search engines benefited. Google acquired Freebase from Metaweb in 2010.

Google To Close Freebase, Which Helped Feed Its Knowledge Graph, Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land (Dec 16)

Knowledge Graph team posted an announcement – Freebase. Maybe they think Wikidata is a better home for Freebase. I hope Google provides support funding as well.

Google News Archive

Google News Archive is back – at least to 2003 – and a big thankyou to everyone who complained, and to Google for finally listening.

Google News Archive Returns Via Search Tools, Barry Schwartz. Search Engine Land (Dec 15)

Google has brought the feature back within the “search tools” box. You can access it by searching in Google News and then clicking on “Search Tools” and then “Recent.” Then select the “Archive” option from the drop down:

“Ill-Conceived copyright”

Spanish news publishers don’t seem to “get” the Internet – the idea that having items distributed through aggregating news service increases readership and traffic. A new law in Spain requires that Google News “pay licensing revenues to Spanish publishers if their content appeared in Google News — even headlines.”

Strict New Copyright Law Forces End Of Google News In Spain, by Greg Sterling, Search Engine Land (Dec 10)

“Google’s decision means that not only will there be no more News in Spain but there will be no Spanish news publisher content in any other Google News edition, including other Spanish speaking countries. However some of the larger publishers have subsidiaries in Latin America and South America and Google will maintain this local content in its other News sites.”

Worry about these instead

“Right to be forgotten” is “dangerous”, observes Tim Berners-Lee. There are much more serious concerns – threats to net neutrality,  the power of corporations, and emergence of separate operating systems like iOS and Android.

Web founder: Europe’s ‘right to be forgotten’ rule is dangerous, by Stephen Shankland, CNet (Dec 10)

In a wide-ranging discussion at the conference, Berners-Lee said it’s appropriate that false information should be deleted. Information that’s true, though, is important for reasons of free speech and history, he said. A better approach to the challenge would be rules that protect people from inappropriate use of older information.


Berners-Lee, though, said losing Net neutrality could mean one company could encourage you to watch particular movies or discourage you from visiting a particular political party’s website. “For a company to be able to control your Web experience is hugely powerful. For a government to do that is hugely powerful. So we have to fight very strongly.”

New Facebook Search

Facebook users will want to know about the changes in Facebook Search – but don’t look for any local results.

New Facebook Search: Local Ignored Again — Big Mistake by Greg Sterling, Search Engine Land (Dec 8)

It’s available in US English for the PC and mobile app for the time being. Users can now search Facebook for posts by friends or people/entities that they follow. The results are personalized.

Users can only search for what they can already see on the site. The exception is hashtags. Facebook Search will allow anyone to search for particular hashtags and see results from outside their networks.