Google Offers to Help Newspapers Charge for Their Content

Google (GOOG), which is often in the crosshairs of newspaper publishers, thinks it can help newspaper companies get paid for their work.

The search giant is planning to upgrade its existing Google Checkout payment service to handle a broad suite of billing and subscription services targeted at premium content creators like newspapers, according to a memo the company recently submitted to the Newspaper Association of America.

The memo, which went online this week, responds to the NAA’s open request for new “paid content” solutions earlier this summer. It was first spotted by the Nieman Journalism Lab.

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