This news is just in: Google is taking down its news service in Spain. Google says that its decision is the result of new Spanish legislation requiring “every Spanish publication to charge services like Google News for showing even the smallest snippet from their publications, whether they want to or not.”
On 16 December Google will pull to the plug on its news service:
“As Google News itself makes no money (we do not show any advertising on the site) this new approach is simply not sustainable. So it’s with real sadness that on 16 December (before the new law comes into effect in January) we’ll remove Spanish publishers from Google News, and close Google News in Spain.”
Read more on this issue on Google’s Europe Blog.