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I’ve covered this issue before, but via Slashdot we find an interesting Wired article about Google and the New York Times:

How can the mighty New York Times, which considers itself America’s paper of record, be the paper of record in cyberspace when its articles barely show up on Google?

This has to be more than just a slight irritation to the Times, because search engines play a key role: They collate information, and on the Internet there’s a whole lot of that, often too much. (Hence the term data smog.) In essence, they act as informational portals. So if you’re trying to get the dope on your favorite author, hip-hop MC or representative, or learn more about an important issue dominating the news, your first stop may very well be Google.

The article indicates that their paid archive only makes up 2 or 3 percent of revenue for the Times’s digital division. This, however, is due to a profitable arrangement with Lexis-Nexis. I wonder how much the average newspaper with locked-down archives (such as the Washinton Post or Irish Times) makes from their article database. The Guardian deserves real credit for being forward-thinking enough to expose their entire archive.

Bonus link: The Wired article cites a bet on Long Bets, an interesting spin-off of The Long Now Foundation, one of my favourite non-profits.