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Editor’s Note: Encyclo has not been regularly updated since August 2014, so information posted here is likely to be out of date and may be no longer accurate. It’s best used as a snapshot of the media landscape at that point in time.

is a network of aggregated local news and community forums.

Topix was in Palo Alto, Calif., by the founders of the . Three newspaper companies — Gannett, Knight-Ridder, and the Tribune Co. — each in 2005.

The site about 125 million page views and 14 million unique visitors a month. It is newspaper-owned sites on the web.

Topix supports itself with a of , most of which are paid, though its single-city business ads remain free. Its classified ads were .

Topix began as a network of aggregated local news sites generated by algorithms, but in late 2005. In 2007, Topix as a alongside automated local news aggregation. User content has , with more than 110 million comments posted since its launch.

Topix has faced several legal challenges to its anonymous comments, with one judge about anonymous commenters accused of making libelous statements and two attorneys general for priority review of inappropriate comments.

Topix has to cross-post comments and .

In 2010, Topix that gives local news to users based on their location.

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