“Tech giants offer ideas on charging readers online,” USA Today, Sept. 11, 2009. NEW YORK — Some of the world's most prominent technology companies are offering suggestions to publishers on how they can charge readers for news online.

IBM , Microsoft, Oracle and Google— a company some newspapers blame for helping dig their financial hole — responded to a request by the Newspaper Association of America for proposals on ways to easily charge for news on the Web...

CircLabs, run by just four people and incubated at the Missouri School of Journalism, is developing a program that would feed news from different sources into a bar across the top of Web browsers. Martin Langeveld, the company's executive vice president, said the application will offer both targeted advertising and the option of charging. (Langeveld said the company has seed money from The Associated Press. AP spokesman Paul Colford said the news cooperative does not disclose which ventures it invests in.)

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