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Competition to deliver news and magazines to mobiles hots up

The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is seeking to develop a 'digital news-stand' that will offer users a consistent way to access magazines and newspapers, using easier payment methods. 

This will see Google taking on Apple in a bid to become the leading distributor of newspapers and magazines on mobile devices.   WSJ reports that Google will offer to charge publishers a lower % than Apple, which is itself already working to amend its offer to publishers.  With Amazon, and others, also vying for the newspaper/magazine market, it seems likely that increased competition will mirror the ebooks market.  Lower pricing will lead to rapid consumer take-up.