Google limits free news access to 5 a day

02/12/2009

Google is to limit the number of news articles users can read for free via its search engine. The search engine is changing its ‘First Click Free’ programme so that readers would not be able to look at more than five pages in one day. The programme lets readers get around paying subscriptions or registration to news sites by accessing news articles through Google.


The move means users who now click on more than five articles in a day may be routed to payment or registration pages. Google's senior business product manager Josh Cohen said: "Previously, each click from a user would be treated as free. Now, we've updated the programme so that publishers can limit users to no more than five pages per day without registering or subscribing."

02/12/2009

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