Sergey Brin, CEO and co-founder of Google, wears a Google Glass during a product demonstration during Google I/O 2012 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, California in this June 27, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/Files
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Google said it plans to close its news-linking service in Spain in response to legislation under which publishers will soon be able to force Internet sites to pay for re-publishing headlines or snippets of news.In a statement, the search giant said the new law makes the Google News service unsustainable and that it will remove Spanish publishers from Google News sites worldwide and shut down this service in Spain on 16 December.It does not prevent Google users in Spain or elsewhere from reading snippets of the same stories when they look up news in Google search results (https://www.google.es), where Google stands to capitalize by selling ads alongside news stories that turn up.Internet search experts say the shutdown of Google News in Spain may be greater on smaller, less-well known news publishers than on name-brand news sites who are less reliant on the site to draw in readers.
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