Web publishers brace for carnage as Google adds AI answers

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A previous version of this story said MediaNews Group sued OpenAI and Microsoft. In fact, it was several of the company’s newspapers that sued the tech companies. This article has been corrected.

Kimber Matherne’s thriving food blog draws millions of visitors each month searching for last-minute dinner ideas.

But the mother of three says decisions made at Google, more than 2,000 miles from her home in the Florida panhandle, are threatening her business. About 40 percent of visits to her blog, Easy Family Recipes, come through the search engine, which has for more than two decades served as the clearinghouse of the internet, sending users to hundreds of millions of websites each day.

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