iTWire colleague Sam Varghese has written an article about the blog post from Kent Walker, the SVP of Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer on "What people are saying about Australia's proposed News Media Bargaining Code", and has embedded a video, but the video is otherwise unlisted.

The news media code will be considered in Parliament in the week beginning 15 February after the Senate Economics Legislation Committee submitted its report on the bill to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Friday evening.

Microsoft would support the implementation of a law similar to the Australian news media code in other countries, including the US, the company's president, Brad Smith, says.

A Senate panel chaired by Tasmanian Labor Senator Helen Polley has said it considers the proposed authorisation of coercive search powers for the Australian Federal Police and Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission in a current bill — the Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill 2020 — could unduly trespass on personal rights and liberties.

Google has refused to rule out the possibility that it will pull other services apart from search from Australia in the event that the Federal Government goes ahead and legislates its News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code which was introduced into Parliament in December last year.

A British parliamentary committee has found that the process of selecting vendors to supply 5G gear for the country's networks has delayed the rollout and made it more expensive due to the ban on equipment from Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies.

Google has launched its News Showcase in Australia, a product that was announced in October 2020, but not introduced Down Under till now due to the company's stoush with the government over the news media code.

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."

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