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Australia passes law to make Google and Facebook pay media companies for news content

Breadcrumb Trail Links News Media Australia will be the first country where a government arbitrator will decide the price to be paid by the tech giants if commercial negotiations with local news outlets fail Author of the article: Reuters Colin Packham and Swati Pandey Publishing date: Feb 25, 2021  •  15 minutes ago  •  2 minute…

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Facebook to raise Australia news ban, cover media firms for content

Social media giant reaches compromise with government to tweak new law aimed at making sure local media outlets get paid for their work.

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Australia vs. Facebook

The tech giant’s ban on Australians searching for news on its platform suggests that equitable control of international reporting is very much a work in progress — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Australia Is Fighting a Platform War on the Wrong Battlefield

Plus: Google’s ad software, the future of space travel, and the Texas governor’s weird tune.

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What Facebook’s Ban on News in Australia Means for the U.S.

Add this to your 2021 bingo card: Australians cannot read or share any news articles on Facebook. The surprise move comes after the social network decided to block all Australian users from sharing or reading any news stories on the platform Wednesday — a decision that raises questions over whether Facebook could do the same…

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Australia Stocks post best weekly jump in 3 mths as banks shine on c.bank’s policy support

Australia shares post best weekly jump in 3 mths as banks shine on c.bank’s policy support  Reuters

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Wildfire in west Australia burns more homes in dry wind

More than 70 homes have been lost in a wildfire outside Australia’s western city of Perth that is expected to continue burning for days.

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Australia Day protests highlight injustices against Indigenous peoples

Thousands of people marched on Australia Day to protest what some call “Invasion Day” because of historical wrongs committed against Indigenous people.

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Cricket Australia Ignites Debate Around Australia Day

Cricket Australia’s decision to drop any mention of Australia Day during its promotions of the Big Bash League match on the day in question has ignited debate after the prime minister disagreed with the decision. The move comes after years of campaigns and annual protests by Indigenous activists and their supporters on the left who…

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Australia sweltered through its 4th-hottest year in 2020

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia sweltered through its fourth-hottest year on record last year despite the recent return of the usually cooling La Nina climate pattern, the nation’s weather bureau said on Friday. The wetter-than-average 2020 followed Australia’s hottest and driest year in 2019 that came to a catastrophic conclusion with wildfires fueled by drought…