Startup to launch Associated Press competitor

Publish2 today announced the launch of the Publish2 News Exchange, “a platform aimed at disrupting the Associated Press monopoly over content distribution to newspapers.”

The News Exchange enables newspapers to create a comprehensive, customized newswire for print, combining content sharing networks with free and paid news sources.

“With Publish2 News Exchange, newspapers can replace the AP’s obsolete cooperative with direct content sharing and replace the AP’s commodity content with both free, high-quality content from the Web and content from any paid source,” Publish2′s blog says.

TechCrunch says Publish2 is basically trying to “Craigslist” the AP by killing the AP’s main income stream by offering an open, efficient alternative.