1. Google blows $800k on bots to flood the UK with 30,000 'articles' a month

    Google blows $800k on bots to flood the UK with 30,000 'articles' a month

    Google has today awarded €706,000 ($800,000) to the UK’s Press Association to develop robot reporters that can crank out 30,000 articles a month for local newspapers and bloggers. The cash injection is part of the advertising goliath's €150m Digital News Initiative, a three-year program that allegedly supports European journalism through technology (or, rather, helps websites get more readers and thus shift more Google ads).

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