If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. At least that’s why newspapers should’ve done about 10 years ago, but that’s besides the point. In case you didn’t see, Google announced that it’s going to work with the New York Times and Washington Post to help the struggling industry (via OJB).
It’s something called “Living Stories” and it will basically make things easier for users to follow along with different news stories. Each story will be categorized, listed and updated appropriately so anybody who wants to follow an evolving story can do so. Check this out:
Currently, it’s just a Google Lab project. But we all know that means it will soon become a normal, everyday occurrence. If this is something that actually comes together, it’d be great for both newspapers and Google.
It’s also funny that while Rupert Murdoch takes shots at Google, some newspapers are working with Google.