Nice try, Dow Jones, but your “hot news” case is doomed — the news is everywhere now


News used to be a relatively rare commodity, dispensed by a handful of special outlets — printed on paper, etc. and delivered by the postman or via a dedicated terminal. Now the news is everywhere, almost instantly, to the point where a study by the Pew Research Center found a surprisingly large proportion of news consumers didn’t even remember where the news they saw originally came from.

This may be good for news consumers, but it isn’t good for news outlets at all, which is why they keep moaning about the activities of aggregators, and trying to find legal ways of shutting them down or forcing them to pay — even though trying to stuff the democratization of distribution genie back into the bottle is arguably a fool’s errand, thanks to Twitter and the social web.

In the latest example of this trend, Dow Jones & Co. — which runs…

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