News & Analysis

Here’s where to look for trusted information now that Facebook News is gone

- February 19, 2021 3 MIN READ

Information is everywhere, right? Well, here in Australia, we now have one less source of news information at our fingertips. Yesterday, Facebook banned Australian users from posting news links, and sharing or viewing Australian and international news content. This will have a far-reaching impact on many organisations and groups. For the public – people of… Read more »

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Facebook bans Australian news

- February 18, 2021 5 MIN READ

If you’re reading this story, then you probably didn’t see it on Facebook. The social media giant announced overnight that it would ban Australian news media from its site, following through on a threat in response to the Australian government’s plans to force Google and Facebook to pay media companies for news featured on the… Read more »

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Your 90-second guide to the day in tech

- February 17, 2021 3 MIN READ

It’s Wednesday, there’s lots happening and Victorians are free to dance once more. Here’s today’s news, and don’t forget to tune in for the Startup Daily show on Ausbiz.com.au  every weekday, 2-2.45pm. Watch online, download the ausbiz app or via 7Plus. Facebook ban Morrison government backbencher Craig “try the bleach” Kelly has been sin-binned by Facebook for a week… Read more »

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US accelerates EV revolution as the Morrison government rules out incentives for Australians

- February 8, 2021 4 MIN READ

The Morrison government on Friday released a plan to reduce carbon emissions from Australia’s road transport sector. Controversially, it ruled out consumer incentives to encourage electric vehicle uptake. The disappointing document is not the electric vehicle jump-start the country sorely needs. In contrast, the United States has recently gone all-in on electric vehicles. Like leaders… Read more »

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Google threatens to turn off ‘google’ in Australia if the government forces it pay for news

- January 22, 2021 3 MIN READ

Google Australia’s managing director, Mel Silva, has told a Senate hearing into plans to force the global tech giant, as well as Facebook, to pay media companies for news, that it will turn off Google searches in Australia if the government passes the laws. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg tabled what’s known as the news media bargaining… Read more »

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Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee says the government’s news media bargaining code could break the internet, but there is a fix

- January 22, 2021 4 MIN READ

The inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, has raised concerns that Australia’s proposed News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code could fundamentally break the internet as we know it. His concerns are valid. However, they could be addressed through minor changes to the proposed code. How could the code break the web?… Read more »

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One of the internet’s inventors backs Google in its fight over paying Australian media for news

- November 26, 2020 2 MIN READ

US tech pioneer Vint Cerf, the man dubbed “father of the internet” for his work co-designing TCP/IP protocols, has backed his employer, Google, in its fight against the Australian government’s plans to make tech giants Google and Facebook pay media companies for using their content. Cerf, who has worked for Google as a vice president and… Read more »

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The Australian video game industry’s push for a 30% tax offset just landed another powerful ally

- November 19, 2020 3 MIN READ

Video game production is worth around $250 billion annually, but Australia’s slice of that pie is tiny – just $114 million.  It’s so paltry New Zealand’s games industry generates more revenue, while the UK and Canadian game development industries are 10 times bigger than Australia’s. The local sector believes it can easily become a $1… Read more »

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Communications Minister Paul Fletcher has compared the ALP’s original NBN plan to Soviet-era tractor production

- October 28, 2020 3 MIN READ

Paul Fletcher, the federal communications minister in charge of the $55.5 billion national broadband rollout, has evoked tractor production under the Soviets to defend the Coalition government’s seven-year handling of the NBN roll-out. In a speech to the CommsDay Summit yesterday, Fletcher evoked the spectre of “those apocryphal Japanese soldiers found in remote jungles in… Read more »