Channel Nine, the main TV channel owned by Nine Entertainment, has managed to put its breakfast show Today to air on Monday, a day after the show's weekend edition could not be aired on Sunday due to what the company has called a "cyber attack".
Nine Entertainment, a major media company in Australia which owns free-to air TV stations and newspapers, says it was hit by a network attack that has interfered with its operations on Sunday.
Nine Entertainment, owner of a number of well-known newspapers which it bought from the now defunct Fairfax Media, has signed a letter of intent for a five-year deal with Google in return for payment of more than $30 million in cash per annum for use of its news content.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has said he expects to see "some significant commercial deals" between Australian news publishers and digital platforms before the government votes on its news media code which is currently before Parliament.
The Federal Government appears to be trying to remove the need for passing the news media code legislation by encouraging, and helping, media companies to join up to Google News Showcase.
The people running the iPad edition of The Age, a prominent newspaper based in Melbourne, have told its staff that they will all be stood down as of Monday, a reliable industry source has told iTWire.
The good folk who man the security agencies in Australia have cleverly pounced on admissions by Google and Facebook during a parliamentary inquiry, that they do not honour 20% of the requests for data disclosure, to push that well-worn barrow: end-to-end encryption will lead to Armageddon.
One of Australia's main newspapers, the Sydney Morning Herald, believes that technology companies can open "very small" encryption backdoors to enable government agencies to snoop on encrypted communications.
A Windows ransomware expert has offered a word of caution to companies that have been hit, pointing out that such groups often created backdoors when they staged an attack.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's preliminary report from its digital platforms inquiry has taken a "near-exclusive focus on protecting certain publishers from disruption and competition" and is at odds with the competition watchdog's mandate, the Australian arm of social media behemoth Facebook claims.
The treatment accorded to the news of Nine taking over Fairfax — yes, that is what it is — gives an indication of why the once great Fairfax newspapers have fallen into ruin.
A 32-year-old man from Seattle who was arrested for mounting a series of distributed denial of service attacks on businesses in Australia, the US and Canada, wanted articles about himself removed from various news sites, including Fairfax Media.
The Canberra bureau chief of news agency AAP, Richard Lawson, has been slapped down by his boss after he posted a tweet critical of the journalists at Fairfax Media who are on a seven-day strike to protest against job cuts.
Fairfax Media has announced that it will be cutting a quarter of its editorial staff at three of its newspapers and its online sites. This will amount to about 125 jobs in all.
Tell me something new – a person leaves the company with its customer list, intellectual property, designs, and more, walking out with a USB drive or simply emailing it. The fastest way to take down the competition is to work for them, or a close supplier.
Horse racing fans who follow links on Google looking for Melbourne Cup news on Fairfax websites this year will be directed to the site of the Sydney Morning Herald, and not The Age, despite the fact that the race is arguably Melbourne's biggest sporting event.
The Fairfax Media online jobs portal – MyCareer – will cease to operate under its own name next week with the transfer of all job search and job alert services to Adzuna, the UK based jobs search engine and aggregator now operating in Australia in a joint venture with Fairfax.
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