Although Google has occasionally rubbed the press the wrong way in the past, it is now launching a new partnership with a French journalism school to encourage digital journalism.
In the U.S., Google's relationship with the press has previously been strained. The company aggregates news stories from around the world on its Google News feature. The press has taken issue with it before, such as the incident two years ago when Google was under scrutiny for profiting from content produced by news editors, magazine publishers, and the Associated Press.
Forbes.com Chief Executive Jim Spanfeller claimed that Google's business model is "parasitic", a statement refuted by the company's Marissa Mayer. She testified in front of the U.S. senate in May 2009, arguing that the company provided a valuable service to newspapers by guiding consumers to the news stories they sought.