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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) today announced an investigation into the operation of app marketplaces in Australia, citing concerns around competition and consumer protections. Google and Apple dominate app marketplaces. The former is currently engaging in a separate ugly stoush with the ACCC over the regulator’s plan to

Facebook has announced it will ban publishers and people in Australia from sharing local and international news on Facebook and Instagram if a proposal to force tech giants to pay for news becomes law. The announcement follows the release of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s draft news media bargaining

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Facebook is threatening to prevent Australian users from sharing news stories on its platform if the government’s planned news media bargaining mechanism – which allows commercial news publishers to seek payment from platforms for the use of their content – becomes law. The social media and advertising giant today weighed

Have you used Google lately and been greeted by a yellow warning saying that the way Australians search on Google is under threat? To understand why these messages are appearing, Media Files interviewed former chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Professor Allan Fels, and CEO of the

The ACCC this afternoon issued a stern rebuke to claims made by Google today regarding the News Media Bargaining Code, accusing the search and advertising giant of spreading misinformation about the incoming regulation. Google Australia managing director, Mel Silva, this morning published an open letter denouncing the News Media Bargaining

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Google today claimed Australian users and content creators will suffer under the incoming News Media Bargaining Code, calling on them to “get involved” in opposing it, and vowing to “do everything we possibly can to get this proposal changed”. The search and advertising giant today began displaying a warning notice

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Global infrastructure as a service (IaaS) spending grew 37.3 per cent last year reaching US$44.5 billion, up from US$32.4 billion in 2018. The figures are from Gartner which also said Amazon retained the top spot position in the IaaS market in 2019, followed by Microsoft, Alibaba, Google, and Tencent. According

The government announced a new draft mandatory code of conduct late last week to address “bargaining power imbalances” between Australian commercial media companies and platform giants Facebook and Google, including rules for the platform companies to pay for news content. Developed by the ACCC and now under public consultation, the

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ACCC is taking legal action against Google, alleging it didn’t have the correct form of consent from millions of Australians consumers when it began combining their internet browsing activity with their Google account data in 2016.  The consumer watchdog has today launched Federal Court proceedings against Google alleging the search

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The ACCC is seeking input on the upcoming mandatory code of conduct between US tech giants Google and Facebook and local news media, exploring issues from what constitutes news and “quality journalism” to how a bargaining model, remuneration and enforcement might work. Stakeholders have until June 5th to make their