Murdoch Concedes Defeat In Battle With Google, Internet
Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp., decided two years ago to create a pay wall for The Times of London that could not be penetrated by Google and other “parasitic” search engines, as he called them. In effect, the paper was cut off completely from the public Internet. As one of Mr. Murdoch’s newspaper managers later described that strategy: “Rupert didn’t just build a pay wall; he circled it with barbed wire, dug a moat around it and put crocodiles in the moat.”
On Monday, Mr. Murdoch relented. Times articles started reappearing in Google searches, although anyone wanting to read them still has to pay £1, or about $1.60, for daily access or £2 per week.