Australia will force U.S. tech giants Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to pay Australian media outlets for news content in a landmark move on Friday (July 31) to protect independent journalism that will be watched around the world.
Australia will become the first country to require Facebook and Google to pay for news content provided by media companies under a royalty-style system that will become law this year, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said.
The move comes as the tech giants fend off calls around the world for greater regulation, and a day after Google and Facebook took a battering for alleged abuse of market power from U.S. lawmakers in a congressional hearing.
Following an inquiry into the state of the media market and the power of the U.S. platforms, the Australian government late last year told Facebook and Google to negotiate a voluntary deal with media companies to use their content. (Reuters)
The chief executives of four of the world’s largest tech companies, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc, Apple, and Alphabet’s Google, faced a congressional hearing on Wednesday (July 29) where, amongst other questions, they were asked whether the Chinese government steals technology from U.S. companies.
Rep. Greg Steube of Florida, who presented the question, said he was looking for a “yes or no answer”.
The four executives – Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai, and Apple’s Tim Cook – offered a mixed bag of responses, with Zuckerberg coming closest to a direct answer.
“Congressman, I think it’s well documented that the Chinese government steals technology from American companies,” the Facebook CEO said via videoconference.
The day-long hearing marked the first time the four CEOs have appeared together before lawmakers, and was also the first-ever appearance of Bezos before Congress. (Reuters)
Google’s latest doodle gives praises to the food service workers around the globe amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
“To all food service workers, thank you.”
Restaurants in the Philippines and other countries have an estimated 70% to 80% revenue loss as of March 2020 due to COVID-19, according to the Unilever Food Solutions Philippines.
However, that doesn’t stop the industry from providing service to its customers.
Grab PH has recorded a rapid demand in food delivery since the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). Country Head of GrabFood Philippines, EJ Dela Vega, said the demand tripled after the ECQ was announced.
“A lot more people are trying to order food online,” he said.
Grab drivers, including street food vendors and other food service workers are frontlining in the fight against COVID-19. They risk their safety to provide service and earn a living for their family.
Due to this, Google and the rest of the world is giving praises to the sacrifices of food service workers.
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