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Someone called the appearance of *Google* Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt as the closing keynote for the annual meeting of newspaper publisher…

Someone called the appearance of *Google* Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt as the closing keynote for the annual meeting of newspaper publishers “a twist of fate.” Poppycock. It’s as orchestrated as a routine on Dancing with the Stars. The Associated Press board and executives certainly knew when they announced a campaign to “protect” news content yesterday — with Google (NSDQ: GOOG) as lightening rod — that Schmidt would be the coda for the Newspaper Association of America conference concluding today in San Diego.

And what does Schmidt have to say about AP? Responding to a question after his speech: “We at Google have a multimillion-dollar deal with the Associated Press not only to distribute their content but also to host it on our servers.” That’s why, he added, “I was a little confused by all of the excitement in the news in the last 24 hours. I’m not sure what they were referring to. We have a very, very successful deal with AP and hope that will continue for many, many years.”

But Schmidt came down harder on concerns about intellectual property and fair use: “From our perspective, we look at this pretty thoroughly and there is always a tension around fair use

  1. AP should allow for a set of members that include Google, Yahoo, Microsoft & AOL given they are the future of APs survival. Schmidt hammered home the need to focus on the consumer preferences — how, where and when they want to consumer content. Rather than take the buried head and legalistic approach of the traditionalist, he is taking a tear down your wall approach.

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  2. "I’m not sure what they were referring to"

    I'm sure the people at Associated Press don't know either, really. But it sure sounded scary so I guess they won.

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  3. Tired ogfGoogle's attitude….eventually THEY will go the way of "traditional media"…watch..

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  4. AP should figure out where their bread is gonna be buttered for the foreseeable future.

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  5. who pass out of engineering and science colleges are interested about software testing as a career. When I passed out at a time when the IT had started to boom back in India, most of the fresh graduates with whom I interacted didn’t even know there existed jobs or careers like software testing.

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