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    👍 | Facebook has'tentatively friended' us again, A…

    By Colin Packham CANBERRA (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is back at the negotiating table, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday after the tech giant this week blocked news on its site in the country. Facebook's abrupt decision to stop Australians from sharing news on The site and strip the pages of domestic and foreign news outlets also erased several state government and emergency department accounts, causing widespread anger. The company has “tentatively friended us again,” Morrison told a news conference in Sydney. “What I'm pleased about it that Facebook is back at the table…

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    📱 | Google fires research leader amid diversity, re…

    By Paresh Dave and Jeffrey Dastin (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc's Google fired researcher Margaret Mitchell on Friday, they both said, after a weeks-long investigation found she moved electronic files outside the company amid a battle over research freedom and diversity. Google said in Google's ethics in artificial intelligence research unit has been under scrutiny since December's dismissal of Black scientist Timnit G. a statement Mitchell violated the company's code of conduct and security policies. Mitchell, who announced her firing on Twitter, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. ...

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    📱|Google fires second researcher leader amid dive…

    By Paresh Dave (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google fired researcher Margaret Mitchell on Friday, they both said, after a weeks-long investigation found she moved electronic files outside the company amid a battle over research freedom and diversity. Google said in a statement Mitchell violated the company’s code of conduct and security policies. Mitchell did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Google’s ethics in artificial intelligence research unit has been under scrutiny since December’s dismissal of Black scientist Timnit Gebru, which prompted protest from thousands of Google wor…

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    👍 | Exclusive: White House working with Facebook an…

    By Nandita Bose WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House has been reaching out to social media companies including Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet Inc's Google about clamping down on COVID misinformation and getting their help to stop it from going viral, a senior administration official said. President Joe Biden, who has raced to curb the pandemic since taking office, has made inoculating Americans one of his top priorities and called the move “a wartime effort.” But tackling public fear about taking the vaccine has emerged as a major impediment for the administration. Since the onset of the pan…

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    👍|Exclusive: Facebook and Google could lose barga…

    By Diane Bartz and Helen Coster WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bipartisan members of Congress plan to introduce a bill in coming weeks to make it easier for smaller news organizations to negotiate with Big Tech platforms, said Rep. Ken Buck, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel. The U.S. bill would be introduced at a time when Australia is in a pitched battle with Facebook. The social media giant blocked news feeds and other pages – including those of charities, and health and emergency services – as part of a dispute over a proposed law that would require it and Googl…

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    📱 | Google names exec to oversee responsible AI res…

    By Paresh Dave and Jeffrey Dastin OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc's Google on Thursday named Marian Croak, one of its few Black executives, to oversee research on responsible artificial intelligence (AI) after weeks of internal anger over its firing of a prominent Black scientist. Google confirmed Croak will manage 10 teams, including a dozen scientists studying the ethical considerations of automated technologies known as AI. Ethical AI co-lead Timnit Gebru said in December that Google abruptly fired her for contesting company orders. Employees for weeks have expressed concern that G…

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    👍 | Undeterred by Facebook news blackout, Australia…

    By Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison vowed on Friday to press ahead with laws to force Facebook Inc to pay news outlets for content, saying he had received support from world leaders after the social media giant blacked out all media. Facebook stripped the pages of domestic and foreign news outlets for Australians and blocked users of its platform from sharing any news content on Thursday, saying it had been left with no choice ahead of the new content laws. The move, which also erased several state government and emergency department accounts, as well as n…

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    👍 | Australia to continue talks with Facebook's Zuc…

    SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said he would continue his talks with Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Friday after the social media platform blocked its news feeds in the country over disputes over a new media payment code. “We spoke yesterday morning but then we were subsequently in contact and we agreed to talk later this morning, we'll see where those discussions go and we can find a pathway going forward, ”Frydenberg told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. Facebook took down pages of domestic and international news outlets on Thursday but also blocked…

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    👍 | Facebook'unfriends' Australia: global uproar a…

    By Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) – Facebook faced a worldwide backlash from publishers and politicians on Thursday after blocking news feeds in Australia in a surprise escalation of a dispute with the government over a law to require it to share revenue from news. Facebook wiped out pages from Australian state governments and charities as well as from domestic and international news organisations, three days before the launch of a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination program. Though the measure was limited to Australia, denunciations came from far afield, with politicians elsewhere describing it as…

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    👍 | Facebook'unfriends' Australia: news pages go d…

    By Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) – Facebook faced an angry backlash on Thursday after blocking news feeds in Australia in a surprise escalation of a dispute with the government which could be a test for the future of online publishing worldwide. The move was denounced by media groups, politicians and human rights groups in Australia and beyond, as it became clear that official health pages and emergency warnings had been scrubbed along with news sites, just three days before the launch of a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination programme. “Facebook's actions to unfriend Australia today, cutting off es…

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    👍 | Facebook blocks news content in Australia as it…

    By Sheila Dang (Reuters) – Facebook Inc will block news content from being read and shared in its news feed in Australia, drawing a line in the sand against a proposed Australian law that would require it and Alphabet Inc's Google to pay the country's news publishers For content. The move, announced in a blog post on Wednesday, represents a divergence in responses among the big tech giants under attack by news publishers, which have blamed the companies for destroying their advertising business. The Australian federal government has said it plans to put the legislation, which effectively force…

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    📱|Australian media firms squeeze more from Google…

    By Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia claimed an early win in a protracted licencing battle with Google on Wednesday as media companies lined up to announce content deals with the internet giant that were reportedly far more lucrative than their global rivals. A month after the Alphabet Inc-owned company threatened to shut down its search engine in Australia to avoid what it called “unworkable” content laws, the country’s two largest free-to-air television broadcasters have struck deals collectively worth A$60 million ($47 million) a year, according to media reports. That dwarfs the $76 m…

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    📱 | Australia's Seven West Media strikes deal with…

    By Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia's Seven West Media Ltd became the country's first major news outlet to strike a licensing deal with Google, as the government pushes ahead with a law that would force the internet giant to pay media companies for content. an earnings announcement on Tuesday, Seven, which owns a free-to-air television network and the main metro newspaper in the city of Perth, said it would supply content for Google's News Showcase platform. It did not disclose terms. The deal shows Seven splitting from rivals News Corp and Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd which ha…

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    📱 | Australia's Seven West Media strikes partners hi…

    (Reuters) – Seven West Media Ltd on Monday entered into an initial deal with Alphabet Inc's Google to form a long-term partnership, that will see the tech giant pay the Australian media company for its news content. Google launched its News Showcase platform in Australia earlier this month, which will see it strike its own content deals with publishers and pay seven domestic outlets to use their content. The launch of the product is Google's latest tactic in a partnership against the Australian government's planned legislation to make the company pay publishers and broadcasters for content that a…

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    📱 | Exclusive: Google's $ 76 million deal with Frenc…

    By Mathieu Rosemain PARIS (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc's Google has agreed to pay $ 76 million over three years to a group of 121 French news publishers to end a more than year-long copyright spat, documents seen by Reuters show. The agreement between Google and The Alliance de la presse d'information generale (APIG), a lobby group representing most major French publishers, was announced previously, but financial terms had not been disclosed. The move infuriated many other French outlets, which deemed it unfair and opaque. Publishers in other countries will scrutinize the French agreement, the high…

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    📱|Analysis: Google partners brace for hit as sear…

    By Byron Kaye and Paresh Dave SYDNEY (Reuters) – Google’s threatened shutdown of its search engine in Australia over a proposed content licensing law would ripple across industries, saddling partners like Apple with a sudden revenue gap and retailers as varied as affordable Kmart to upmarket David Jones with a supply of potentially useless gadgets. The Alphabet Inc-owned company last month said it would likely pull its core search function from Australia if the government pushes ahead with a plan to require it and Facebook Inc to pay media companies an indeterminate fee for news snippets shown…

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    👍 | Twitter investors look past warning of slower u…

    By Elizabeth Culliford and Munsif Vengattil (Reuters) – Twitter Inc on Tuesday beat Wall Street targets for quarterly sales and profit and followed its social media peers to forecast a strong start to 2021 as ad spending rebounds from a rock bottom. The solid beat, aided by ad product improvements, convinced investors to overlook a dull forecast for user growth, which Twitter expect to slow down to low double digits this year as a boost from the pandemic fizzles. Total revenue came in at a record $ 1.29 billion, an increase of 28 % year over year. Shares of the company were up nearly 3% in exten…

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    👍 | Twitter warns user growth to slow, beats sales…

    By Elizabeth Culliford and Munsif Vengattil (Reuters) – Twitter Inc on Tuesday beat quarterly sales and profit estimates but missed expectations on user growth and warned this rate would slow in the upcoming quarters as a boost from the pandemic fizzles. Total revenue came in at a record $ 1.29 billion, an increase of 28% year over year. Twitter shares were up about 3% after the market closed. The social media company said expenses would rise 25% or more in 2021 but projected that total revenue would grow faster than costs. In the fourth quarter, Twitter said it had 192 million average monetiza…

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    📱 | Google opens paid-for Australia news platform i…

    By Colin Packham CANBERRA (Reuters) – Tech giant Google on Friday launched a platform in Australia offering news it has paid for, striking its own content deals with publishers in a drive to show legislation proposed by Canberra to enforce payments, a world first, is Only rolled out previously in Brazil and Germany, the News Showcase platform was originally slated for launch last June. But Alphabet Inc-owned Google delayed plans when Canberra moved to make it a legal requirement for Google and Facebook to pay Australian media companies for content, unprecedented anywhere else in t…

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    📱 | Australian drone firm reshapes strategy over Go…

    By Jill Gralow SYDNEY (Reuters) – Instructors gaze watchfully from the shade of a tree as men in neon-green vests manipulate hand-held controllers clipped to mobile telephones as they direct drones flying over a vast Sydney field. The classes are run by Droneit Group, an Australian firm that accredits learners to fly the unmanned aerial vehicles, but which is now reshaping its strategies after Alphabet Inc's web search giant Google threatened to leave the market. “(I found Droneit via) Google, Google search,” said one of its students, Terry Worsfold, who is pursuing his remote pilot's licence….

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    👍 | Facebook faces a reckoning in Myanmar after blo…

    By Fanny Potkin (Reuters) – The Myanmar military's shutdown of Facebook access following the ouster of the democratically elected Aung San Suu Kyi caps years of tension between the social media company and the most powerful institution in a nation where Facebook is used by half the population The junta on Wednesday banned Facebook Inc until at least Sunday after the regime's opponents began using it to organize. A new civil disobedience page had gained nearly 200,000 followers and the support of Burmese celebrities in the days after the coup, while a related hashtag was used millions of times…

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    📱 | Microsoft backs Australia's proposed media laws…

    (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday it fully supported proposed new laws in Australia that would force internet giants Google and Facebook Inc to pay domestic media outlets for their content. “While Microsoft is not subject to the legislation currently pending, we'd be willing to live by these rules if the government designates us, ”the software firm said in a statement.“ The code reasonably attempts to address the bargaining power imbalance between digital platforms and Australian news businesses. the laws unworkable and said last…

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    📱 | Alphabet's Google posts record sales as retaile…

    By Paresh Dave and Munsif Vengattil (Reuters) – Google parent Alphabet Inc on Tuesday topped quarterly sales expectations for its advertising and Cloud businesses, helped in part by the pandemic, and said it will resume big spending on hiring and facility construction. Alphabet shares jumped about 8% to $ 2,067 in extended trading. Google, which generates more revenue from internet advertising than any other company, benefited from lockdowns that drove retail and other clients online, helping offset cutbacks by travel and entertainment advertisers. “Google's products and support have been a lif…

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    📱 | Alphabet shares jump as ad, Cloud sales soar am…

    By Paresh Dave and Munsif Vengattil (Reuters) – Google parent Alphabet Inc on Tuesday reported record revenue for the second straight quarter despite the pandemic, driving shares up 6% as it topped estimates for both advertising and Cloud sales as customers unleashed budgets for the holidays Cutbacks by travel and entertainment advertisers in 2020 were nearly made up as the year went on by new spending from retail clients and others that were driven online by COVID-19 lockdowns. Google's advertising business, including YouTube, accounted for 81% of Alphabet's $ 56.9 billion in fourth-quarters…

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    👍 | Facebook to prompt users about personalized ads…

    By Sheila Dang (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said in a blog post Monday it will begin rolling out a notification for iPhone users globally about how data is used for personalized ads, in an attempt to get ahead of upcoming Apple Inc privacy changes that Facebook says will hurt its advertising business. The full-screen prompt will ask Facebook and Instagram users to allow their app and website activity to be used for personalized ads and to “support businesses that rely on ads to reach customers.” The social media giant has been waging a public fight against Apple's plan to ask iPhone users whether…

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    📱 | Australia takes on Google advertising dominance…

    By Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) – An Australian regulator is considering letting internet users choose what personal data companies like Google share with advertisers, as part of the country's attempts to shatter the dominance of tech titans. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Also proposed limiting the internet giants' ability to access users' online histories to cross-sell products. The proposals were part of the ACCC's interim report into digital advertising in Australia, a A $ 3.4 billion ($ 2.6 billion) market the regulator said is marked by a lack of competition, trans…

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    👍 | Facebook scores earnings beat on holiday retail…

    By Katie Paul and Chavi Mehta (Reuters) – Facebook Inc soundly beat quarterly revenue estimates on Wednesday after heavy holiday advertising by e-commerce retailers, but it warned Apple's impending privacy changes could hurt revenue by interfering with ad targeting. The world's biggest social media company said it expected to face “significant ad targeting headwinds in 2021.” Facebook forecast that Apple's update of its iPhone operating system to iOS 14 could start biting into revenues as early as the end of the first quarter. Shares were flat after hours following an initial drop. The fourth-…

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    👍 | Facebook scores earnings beat on retailer adver…

    By Katie Paul and Chavi Mehta (Reuters) – Facebook Inc soundly beat quarterly revenue estimates on Wednesday after heavy holiday advertising by e-commerce retailers, but it warned Apple's impending privacy changes could hurt revenue by interfering with ad targeting. The world's biggest social media company said in its outlook that it expected to face “significant ad targeting headwinds in 2021.” Facebook forecast that Apple's update of its iPhone operating system to iOS 14 could start biting into revenues as early as the end of the first quarter. Shares were flat. after hours following an initi…

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    👍 | Facebook beats quarterly revenue estimates

    (Reuters) – Facebook Inc beat analysts' estimates for quarterly revenue on Wednesday, powered by increased ad spending by businesses to capitalize on a holiday shopping season driven online by the pandemic. The results validate the company's foray into e-commerce with Instagram Shopping and Facebook Marketplace that banked on the trend of social shopping, which picked up pace last year as outdoor engagemental activity dwindled due to COVID-19 associated curbs. The company has launched a slew of new e-commerce products such as Facebook Pay and Facebook Shops that enable in-app purchases across…

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    👍 | Twitter suspends account of Iranian Supreme Lea…

    DUBAI (Reuters) – Twitter suspended an account linked to Iran's Supreme Leader on Friday, hours after it carried the image of a golfer resembling former President Donald Trump apparently being targeted by a drone alongside a vow to avenge the killing of a top Iranian general in a US drone attack. The post, on a Persian-language account linked to Khamenei's website, had carried the text of remarks by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in December, in which he said “Revenge is certain”. That speech renewed a vow of vengeance ahead of the first anniversary of the killing of top military commander General Q…

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    📱 | Developer complains to EU over Apple, Google ap…

    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A German app developer has filed a complaint with European Union antitrust authorities against Google and Apple which he said last year rejected a game aimed at encouraging compliance with government COVID-19 rules. Several developers have challenged Google and Apple over their app policies, triggering calls for regulatory action as nearly all smartphones outside restricted markets such as China come with either Google's Play store or Apple's App Store. In the United States, state attorneys general are planning a lawsuit against Google over its Play Store f…

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    📱 | Google says to block search engine in Australia…

    By Renju Jose SYDNEY (Reuters) – 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. threat escalates a battle with publishers such as News Corp that is being closely watched around the world. The search giant had warned that its 19 million Australian users would face degraded search and YouTube experiences if the new code were enforced. Australia is on course to pass laws that would make tech giants negotiate payment…

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    👍 | Facebook's oversight board to decide if Trump s…

    By Elizabeth Culliford (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Thursday it was referring its decision to indefinitely suspend the accounts of former US President Donald Trump to its independent content oversight board. Trump will remain suspended while the board, a recently created body that can overrule The company's decisions on content, reviews the decision. The social media company blocked Trump's access to his Facebook and Instagram accounts following the storming of the US Capitol by the former president's supporters earlier this month. It said at the time the suspension would last at least …

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    👍 | Twitter locks account of China's US embassy o…

    By Brenda Goh SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Twitter has locked the account of China's US embassy for a tweet that defended China's policy towards Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang, which the US social media platform said violated its stand against “dehumanizing” people. China's Foreign Ministry said The Chinese Embassy account, @ChineseEmbinUS, posted a tweet this month that said that Uighur women had been emancipated and were no longer on Thursday that it was confused by the move and that it was the embassy's responsibility to call out disinformation and clarify the truth. “Baby-making machines”, citing…

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    👍 | Twitter says it locked account of China's US…

    By Brenda Goh SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Twitter has locked the account of China's US embassy for a tweet that defended China's policies in the Xinjiang region, which the US social media platform said violated the firm's policy against “dehumanization”. The Chinese Embassy account, @ChineseEmbinUS, posted a tweet this month that said that Uighur women were no longer “baby making machines,” citing a study reported by state-backed newspaper China Daily. The tweet was removed by Twitter and replaced by a label stating that it was no longer available. Although Twitter hides tweets that violate its p…