– The Justice Department said that it won’t challenge a proposal on antitrust
grounds by Silicon Valley-based MyWire to form a new online subscription news
The service, to be known as the Global News Service, would
link news articles, video and audio clips from different publishers that relate
to the same topic.
Site publishers would be able to add a "related
item" box to their pages, containing linked abstracts of content from
other participating sites.
Users would pay a subscription fee to access all
fee-based content within the network. There would be no charge to view free
MyWire submitted its proposal to the department to gauge whether it
complied with antitrust laws.
The department said that the service "has
the potential to benefit consumers by allowing them to access a broad network
of related content without having to conduct their own online searches."