Google News no longer a thing in Spain
Google News is no longer a thing in Spain, due to what the search engine reckons is a new law that would have required it to pay publishers for their content.
Google had previously said that the site was going to stop, to comply with the recent updates in Spanish law, and today the company confirmed that it was off.
The post says: “We’re incredibly sad to announce that, due to recent changes in Spanish law, we have removed Spanish publishers from Google News and closed Google News in Spain.” (but in Spanish, obviously).
The new law actually comes into play on January 1st, and will now require search engines to cough-up for the rights to re-link snippets of news stories.
Basically, it's the first sign of people giving Google what for, and should this take off, expect other countries to follow suit. Things could be about to get rather ugly.