The US Department of Justice have recently approved the Associated Press's planned "news registry", according to an AP press release of 1 April - and no I don't think it's a joke despite its date (unlike my own very obvious April's Fool spoof!).
"A beta test of the registry began in November of 2009, and some 200 AP newspaper members are now participating in the test. We expect the registry to go live in July ," AP have said.
The DoJ said it "supports a proposal by The Associated Press (AP) to develop and operate a voluntary news registry to facilitate the licensing and Internet distribution of news content created by the AP, its members, and other news originators. The department said that the development and operation of the registry is not likely to reduce competition among news content owners and could provide procompetitive benefits to both participating content owners and content users."
I've decided to split out an explanation of hNews, and an hNews tutorial to make a Blogger blog hNews-compatible or hNews-compliant (as I've done on this blog), into a different blog post.
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