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France’s competition regulator,  Autorité de la concurrence, fined the U.S. Google €500 million for not respecting interim measures imposed last year, which required them to negotiate “in good faith” with the press industry over licensing fees.  It is “the biggest ever fine” imposed by the Competition Authority for a company’s failure to

The U.S. Federal District Court dismissed two antitrust suits against Facebook but offered a path for both claims to return at a later date.  In the first suit, U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg ruled that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had failed to offer enough facts in its

Tech giant Google said on Friday it would keep working with UK competition regulator the Competition and Markets Authority to remove browser cookies from its platform that provide customer information to advertisers and other third parties. The move is the latest sign of the CMA expanding its role post-Brexit in

Ohio v. Google: A question of designation Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a lawsuit asking the court to declare Google a public utility. A successful suit would force Google away from prioritising its entities in search results. The ramifications for independent service providers are significant, as they would no

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After an acrimonious start, the Federal government’s News Media Bargaining Code, the controversial plan to make internet giants Google and Facebook pay for content from local publishers, has finally borne fruit. Nine Media announced today that it has formalised deals with the online advertising titans. The exact financial details of

Three Australian independent publishers have signed letters of intent with Facebook, likely to lead to deals for licencing their content to the tech giant. Facebook today announced it has signed letters of intent with three independent Australian publishers: Private Media, Schwartz Media and Solstice Media.  Private media publishes Crikey, The

After almost a year of heated discussion about the News Media Bargaining Code, there will shortly be a new law of the land – one that’s unlikely to be applied to the platforms it was intended to reign in. But that’s not to say it hasn’t done its job. With

Australia’s “world first” attempt to reign in tech tycoons has reached pantomime levels. The watered-down version likely to become law this week will do little beyond helping to line the pockets of large commercial publishers who give no guarantees the proceeds will go directly to funding journalism. It is now

Guardian Australia signed a multiyear deal with Google over the weekend to include the title’s articles in the tech giant’s News Showcase product.  The 11th-hour deal comes just days before a Senate debate on the News Media Bargaining Code that caused Facebook to pull news content from Australian users. Google

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Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp today announced a three year global deal with Google for payments for news content, with the publisher thanking the Australian government for its proposed media laws for spurring negotiations. Google will make “significant payments” to News Corp to include the publisher’s article’s in the News Showcase