“News Corp. has held discussions with Microsoft Corp. about a partnership that could result in News Corp. removing its newspaper content from Google Inc.’s search engine while continuing to feature it on Microsoft’s online properties, according to people familiar with the matter,” Nick Wingfield and Shira Ovide report for The Wall Street Journal.
“The talks are still at a very early stage and may not result in a deal, according to these people. Among the most thorny issues, one of these people said, are the terms under which Microsoft would compensate News Corp., if at all, to feature its news content, which ranges from The Wall Street Journal to the Sun of the U.K.,” Wingfield and Ovide report.
“It isn’t clear whether the talks include News Corp.’s non-newspaper sites, such as its popular MySpace social-network or Fox television properties,” Wingfield and Ovide report. “According to a person familiar with the matter, News Corp. initiated the conversations with Microsoft. The software giant has held conversations with other publishers as well, this person said.”
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