UNITED AGAINST GOOGLE: Microsoft (which owns wannabe-a-rival search engine Bing) and News Corp (advocate of the unscalable paywall) have reportedly discussed blocking their news websites from Google‘s ever-searching bots. [Financial Times — registration required] Also: Google faces social media threat. [Globe and Mail]
DESIGN FLAWS: Three challenges to Web readability. [Monday Note]
HALF-LIFE OF NEWS: Another reason why a paywall won’t work. [Buzz Machine]
BLOGPAPER: A new London freebee — printed monthly. [Editors Weblog]
FALLING POLAR BEARS: A European global-warming commercial makes its carbon footprint felt.