Perhaps a leading indicator?
The AP has been perhaps the highest-profile organization leading the fight against Google and Google News, time and time again accusing the search company of ripping off its content without fair compensation for news producers. However, the two have had a deal in place for several years to host AP content on Google Web pages.
That deal is believed to expire at the end of January, and as Search Engine Land notes, that makes sense given the timing of the last AP story added to the hosting queue. AP stories on Google News expire after 30 days, and so if Google and the AP were unable to reach a new deal by the end of January, the two sides could make a clean break without having to go back and erase any stories added in January.