Google to spend $300m in bid to soothe relations with news publishers

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Google has become the latest technology giant to offer an olive branch to media publishers, unveiling a $300m (£215m) three-year plan to revive an industry critics say it played a role in stifling. 

Under the Google News Initiative, the company said it would be rolling out new features to help boost publishers’ subscription numbers and provide them with better tools to analyse and understand their readership. 

Among these is the “Subscribe with Google” feature, where users will be able to subscribe to a number of news publications, and pay for access to their content, through Google accounts.

Google said it will take a cut of the revenue from the subscriptions generated through its feature, but…

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