In an event featuring Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Google Australia has launched its "Digital Future Initiative," a AUD $1 billion investment in Australian infrastructure, research and partnerships that aims to "strengthen local capabilities, support jobs and help build Australia’s digital economy for the future."
Google is displaying a notice to Australian Google search users whenever they do a Google search, which leads to a YouTube video featuring Mel Silva, the MD of Google Australia, stating there is "a workable news code that doesn’t break Google Search."
Sundar Pichai, the head of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has announced that the company will put up US$1 billion (A$1.39 billion) for an initiative called the Google News Showcase, which would "pay publishers to create and curate high-quality content for a different kind of online news experience".
With news suggesting that it may soon be hit with an anti-trust suit by the US Department of Justice, Google has come out firing again at the start of another week against the media code of conduct proposed in Australia, this time calling it unfair.
Google is partnering with Australia’s commercial radio industry in a deal which will see more live and local radio broadcast on Google Nest devices.
Search giant Google has offered another clarification, the second since it proudly announced "a new news experience launching later this year", with its vice-president of News, Richard Gingras authoring a fresh blog post on Friday (Saturday Australian time) to either clarify — or add confusion to, depending on how you look at it — the initial announcement by Brad Bender, the company's vice-president of Product Management in the news division.
Google appears to be reluctant to offer comments from its Australia managing director Mel Silva to any other publication after she went on the record with The Australian to clarify that the news initiative announced by the company on Thursday would not be about offering cash to Australian publishers for the use of news snippets in search results.
Search behemoth Google has announced a licensing program to pay publishers in Germany, Brazil and Australia for what it describes as a "new news experience launching later this year".
Search giant Google, one of the companies that will be affected by a government-mandated code that will set a fee it will have to pay news publishers when it brings up their content in search results, is now saying it is doing these companies a favour by featuring their content in the results.
Google has provided the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission another good reason to investigate the algorithms it uses for its ad network after its YouTube network was found to be harbouring paedophiles who share videos showing the exploitation of children.
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