Students, researchers, educators, and others soon could find it harder to get free access to news online, if the desires of a national newspaper association come to fruition: IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and Google -- a company some newspapers blame for helping dig their financial hole -- were among the technology companies that have responded to a request by the Newspaper Association of America for proposals on ways to easily charge for news on the web, reports the Associated Press. Randy Bennett, senior vice president of business development for the association, said his group initiated the process after a meeting of...

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