GIGAOM - Aug 29 - Xing, the German LinkedIn rival is investing heavily right now, and it seems to be paying off. A couple of weeks ago the firm reported the addition of 436K members in German-speaking countries during the first half of the year. Xing is trying out an newsletter that aggregates industry news that’s relevant to the user. It’s interesting timing, given the legal brouhaha in Germany right now surrounding copyright and its applicability to headlines and brief news snippets. In Xing’s favour, the most recent draft of that new ‘ancillary copyright’ law only targets search engines. However, a third draft is imminent and that could see a return to the first draft’s inclusion of news aggregators in its remit. Outside of German-speaking countries, the same issue has most definitely hit news aggregators, specifically the Norwegian firm Meltwater. One of Meltwater’s businesses is very similar to that being tested out by Xing: the sending of keyword-specific news alerts to business customers. In the UK, the courts have ruled against Meltwater in a case launched by a newspaper association, and AP is now suing the firm in the US.
by David Meyer
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