Reporting: Speed for Sale

To most Americans, Reuters news service evokes images of far-distant lands and exotic exploits amid steamy jungles and lonely paddyfields. Oldtimers can probably remember Edward G.

Robinson, playing Julius Reuter, receiving the news of Lincoln's assassination hours before anyone else from an agent who threw his dispatches over a liner's rail at Southampton. Before too long, however, the service will be associated with images much closer at hand. Last September, for the first time, Reuters started offering U.S. news to subscrib ers in direct competition with A.P. and U.P.I. This January...

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