Facebook signs deals with three more Australian media firms

Australia’s parliament passed landmark legislation on Thursday requiring global tech giants to pay for news content. Facebook Inc says it has signed preliminary deals with three Australian media firms, a day after the country’s Parliament passed a law forcing it to pay media companies for using content on its platform. Facebook said it signed partnership […]

Australia’s Qantas delays target date for international flights

The airline now says it is aiming to resume international flights in October, as it reported a 75 percent plunge in revenue. Qantas Airways Ltd says it has pushed back its target for a widespread resumption of international travel from Australia by four months until the end of October when the country’s vaccination programme is […]

Australia passes law making Facebook and Google pay for news

The legislation could provide a framework for other countries looking to address platforms’ dominant position. Australia’s parliament passed landmark legislation on Thursday requiring global technology giants to pay for the news content shared on their platforms, in a move that is being closely watched around the world. The law was passed after a last-gasp deal […]

Facebook to invest $1bn in news business after Australia dispute

Facebook restored Australian news pages Tuesday, ending an unprecedented weeklong blackout over a proposed law that would require tech giants to pay traditional media companies for their content. Facebook Inc on Wednesday pledged to invest at least $1bn in the news industry over the next three years, days after a high-profile standoff with the Australian government over paying news […]

Facebook agrees to restore Australian news pages

Australia and Facebook have been in a standoff for more than a week over a draft law that will force tech giants to pay for news. Facebook has agreed to restore Australian news pages after the government offered amendments to legislation that would force tech giants to pay for media content displayed on their platforms. […]

Facebook Strikes Deal to Restore News Sharing in Australia

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Monday that it had struck a deal with the Australian government that would allow users and publishers in the country to once again share and view links to news articles on the social network. Facebook last week had blocked the sharing or viewing of news links in Australia because […]

Australia pulls health notices from Facebook after news blackout

Facebook is playing hardball over a government plan to force technology giants to pay for the news on their platforms. Australia’s health department will no longer advertise on Facebook, it has announced, the latest escalation of the government’s feud with the social media giant over a new law that is designed to force the technology […]

Djokovic wins record-extending ninth Australian Open

A tournament that had to contend with many uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, climaxed with Novak Djokovic remaining an unbreakable force as he thrashed Daniil Medvedev to claim a record-extending ninth Australian Open title. The world number one’s 7-5 6-2 6-2 triumph on Sunday under the lights at Rod Laver Arena secured his 18th […]

Australia begins COVID-19 vaccinations with Pfizer/BioNTech jab

Up to four million Australians are expected to receive a COVID-19 vaccine voluntarily by March. Australia has kicked off its COVID-19 vaccination programme a day ahead of schedule, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and an 84-year-old World War II survivor among the first Australians to receive the first dose of their coronavirus jabs. Morrison and […]

Inspiring cultures: Bruce Lee’s Fist of Fury dubbed into Noongar

It’s the film that inspired a generation: the flying kicks, the furious punches, the whirlwind sound effects. Fist of Fury is the classic 1972 Bruce Lee film that took the world by storm. Tragically, Lee died a year after making it, aged just 32. But his films have had an enduring global impact, not least […]

Tennis: Osaka cruises to second Australian Open title

Japan’s Naomi Osaka claims victory over the 22nd-seeded Jennifer Brady, winning her fourth major crown at the age of 23. Naomi Osaka has given Jennifer Brady a lesson in Grand Slam tennis as she cruised to a 6-4, 6-3 win to secure her second Australian Open title and cement her standing as the new queen […]

Australia: Facebook has ‘tentatively friended’ us again

Australian PM Scott Morrison says his government is again in talks with tech giant as standoff results in decline of traffic to country’s news sites. 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. […]

US bipartisan bill could empower news outlets to take on Big Tech

An antitrust bill would allow smaller news outlets to negotiate collectively with Facebook and Google, Reuters reports. Members of the United States Congress from both parties plan to introduce a bill in coming weeks to make it easier for smaller news organisations to negotiate with Big Tech platforms, Representative Ken Buck, the top Republican on […]

Australia to push ahead with media law despite Facebook blackout

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised on Friday to press ahead with a new law to force Facebook to pay media organisations for their content after a news blackout triggered outrage not only in Australia but in other countries where governments are considering similar laws. Facebook stopped its 13 million Australian users from viewing and […]

Australian Open: Williams leaves news conference in tears

Serena Williams, 39, won her last major in 2017 at Melbourne Park before taking a break from the sport to give birth. Serena Williams broke down and cut short her post-match news conference after her 6-3, 6-4 defeat to Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open semi-finals that ended her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand […]

‘Arrogant’: Australia PM slams Facebook move to block news

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has lashed out at Facebook after the social media giant banned people from viewing or sharing news on its platform in response to a proposed law that would make tech giants such as Facebook and Google pay publishers for their news content. “Facebook’s actions to unfriend Australia today, cutting off […]

Facebook news goes dark in Australia as content spat escalates

NEW YORK: Accused by the Trump administration of being a front for the Chinese government, TikTok’s ad business looked bleak last July. Big brands backed off on spending even as TikTok executives offered refunds to advertisers in the event the hot social media platform were to be banned from operating in the United States. But […]

Facebook blocks news content in Australia in dispute over new law

Facebook has blocked Australian users of its platform from reading and sharing local and international news, stepping up its campaign against government plans to force technology giants to pay publishers for their news content. “The proposed law fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it to share news content,” Facebook said […]

Australian broadcaster Nine in Google media deal as new laws near

Google reportedly agrees to pay Nine more than $23m a year for its media products in the latest of such deals as Parliament prepares content fee laws. Publisher and broadcaster Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd has agreed on a content-licencing deal with Google, according to one of its newspapers, the second large Australian media outlet […]

Australia approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for use

Author:  AP article author:  AP ID:  1613458285392055100 Tue, 2021-02-16 06:49 CANBERRA: Australia’s regulator on Tuesday approved the AstraZeneca vaccine as its second for use against COVID-19. Pfizer’s product will be available in Australia next week. It will be given in two doses three weeks apart, while AstraZeneca’s will be administered in two doses 12 weeks […]

Ardern condemns Australia for revoking ISIL suspect’s citizenship

New Zealand prime minister says Australia revoked the citizenship of a woman detained in Turkey over ISIL links. New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has condemned Australia for refusing to accept responsibility for a woman detained in Turkey with alleged links to the ISIL (ISIS) group. In a statement on Tuesday, Ardern said the woman […]

New Zealand outbreak involves UK variant of virus: Ardern

Origin of the cases, involving the same family, is still being traced as Auckland begins three-day lockdown. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that genomic sequencing of two recent COVID-19 cases that prompted a lockdown in Auckland, the country’s largest city, showed they were the variant B117, a more transmissible variant first […]

Melbourne’s third lockdown leaves Australia Open stands empty

Cluster that triggered the renewed restrictions were staying at a quarantine hotel at Melbourne Airport. Australia’s second-most populous state of Victoria, including capital Melbourne, entered a five-day lockdown on Saturday as authorities raced to prevent a third wave of COVID-19 cases set off by the highly infections UK variant. One new locally acquired case was […]