Google signs deal with Italian publishers for news content on News Showcase

A man walks past a logo of Google in front of at an office building in Zurich, Switzerland.

Google signed on Monday a license deal with various Italian publishers to offer news content through News Showcase, a new platform which makes news available on Google’s news website, the search giant said on Wednesday.

The accord was signed with many national news outlets, including Italy’s RCS Mediagroup, which publishes daily Corriere della Sera as well as popular sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport, the publisher of financial daily Il Sole 24 ore, Caltagirone editore, which owns Rome-based paper Il Messaggero, and Monrif, which publishes local papers such as Il Giorno and La Nazione.

To date, 13 editorial companies have finalized agreements with Google, a statement said, adding that readers could now access news from 76 national and local papers.

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