oddsod - 2:13 pm on Nov 24, 2009 (gmt 0)
Hmmm, I'm no legal expert, but paying a supplier not to supply another retailer?
How is Google a retailer? Does it buy products from the supplier? A more accurate analogy may be a shop owner doing a deal to sell his products to company A and keeping them safe in the interim by locking them away from thief B / casual shoplifter C.
There are very, very few products that can be sold in context to the news.
Ads aren't the only way of skinning the cat. There's syndication. There's value add. And if enough publishers joined that bandwagon the Internet may get a decent system of micropayments finally. If I pay upwards of $100 a year for a webmasterworld sub, paying $10 a year for access to latest news that allows me to snap up relevant domains/ buy the right shares / gain some competitive advantage... is something I might just be willing to pay.