Facebook to restore news services in Australia following amendment of content laws

Facebook said on Tuesday it will restore Australian news pages after negotiating changes with the government to a proposed law that forces tech giants to pay for media content displayed on their platforms. Australia and the social media group have been locked in a standoff for more than a week after the government introduced legislation… Read More Facebook to restore news services in Australia following amendment of content laws

News Corp signs global news deal with Google

News Corp struck a global news deal with Alphabet Inc’s Google, the Rupert Murdoch-controlled media company said on Wednesday, in one of the most extensive deals of its kind with big tech. The companies will develop a subscription platform, share advertising revenue through Google’s ad technology services, build out audio journalism and develop video journalism… Read More News Corp signs global news deal with Google

France fines Google $1.34million over hotel rankings

Google Ireland and Google France have agreed to pay a 1.1 million euros (an equivalent of $1.34 million) fine after a probe found that Google’s hotel rankings could be misleading for consumers, France’s finance ministry and fraud watchdog said on Monday. The ministry and watchdog also said in a statement that Google has amended its… Read More France fines Google $1.34million over hotel rankings

Google opens centre in Dublin to tackle harmful online content

Alphabet unit Google on Wednesday opened a centre to tackle harmful online content, in a move also designed to ease regulatory concerns about how the company and other tech giants police a growing problem on the internet. The world’s most popular search engine, along with other U.S. tech giants, has drawn criticism because of the… Read More Google opens centre in Dublin to tackle harmful online content

Google reaches content payment agreement with French news publishers

Google and a French publishers’ lobby said on Thursday they had agreed to a copyright framework for the U.S. tech giant to pay news publishers for content online, in a first for Europe. The move paves the way for individual licensing agreements for French publications, some of which have seen revenues drop with the rise… Read More Google reaches content payment agreement with French news publishers

Google says it will block search engine in Australia over publishing rules

Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Friday it would block its search engine in Australia if the government proceeds with a new code that would force it and Facebook Inc to pay media companies for the right to use their content. Google’s threat escalates a battle with publishers such as News Corp that is being closely… Read More Google says it will block search engine in Australia over publishing rules

U.S. President Donald Trump grants pardon to former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he had given a full pardon to a former Google engineer sentenced for stealing a trade secret on self-driving cars months before he briefly headed Uber Technologies Inc’s rival unit. Anthony Levandowski, 40, was sentenced in August to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty in March. He… Read More U.S. President Donald Trump grants pardon to former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski