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One of my biggest learning from writing this blog is the power Google wields. Building a following that is loyal and reads whatever you write is incredibly hard; much easier to appeal to the Google gods to send traffic your way.

I understand this, and I’m writing a rinky-dink blog.

The newspaper publishing industry in Spain doesn’t, so they lobbied the government to enact a law so newspapers can charge Google every time snippets appear on Google News. This wouldn’t just apply to Google News but to all other news aggregators too like feecha.

Google responded the way I would’ve and called their bluff — by pulling Google News out of Spain and excluding Spain-based newspapers from Google News.

Here’s the industry’s response:

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You might have seen the $8 for 8 weeks trial for the digital version of the Wall Street Journal. If you’re tempted, thinking, I can always just cancel at the end of the 8 weeks: don’t.

That’s what I thought, and why I took the trial and put down my credit card information. The 8 weeks came by quickly and saw on my credit card statement that I was billed the subsequent monthly amount. Even though I read maybe two articles on the WSJ during that time span…no problem. Went to the website, tried to find a cancellation button, couldn’t, and fired off an email with all my details to cancel.

Two months of busy life go by. Nothing from the WSJ. I check my credit card statement again and…WTF, saw two more monthly charges from the good journal. Now I really go through the site, trying to find out how to cancel the subscription. Buried in the FAQs section I finally see my answer:

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