Global tech

Google’s self-driving car project, Waymo, has launched its autonomous taxi in the US

- October 15, 2020 3 MIN READ

The age of the driverless taxi has arrived – at least in parts of Phoenix, Arizona. Self-driving car company Waymo, owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, announced its autonomous vehicles are now available to the general public (or at least paying customers). The service is only available in a limited area for now, both because… Read more »

Global tech

‘Ill-timed and misconceived’: The ACCC hits back at Facebook’s threat to ban local news from its sites

- September 1, 2020 2 MIN READ

Facebook’s threat to ban publishing and sharing of local new stories on its platform, as well as Instagram, is “ill-timed and misconceived” according to the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) chair Rod Sims. The ACCC has been charged by the government with shepherding the proposed “News media bargaining code” through to law.  The  proposed… Read more »

Global tech

PODCAST: Google and Facebook could cop a global digital tax in the fight against Australian laws on paying for news

- August 28, 2020 4 MIN READ

Have you used Google lately and been greeted by a yellow warning saying that the way Australians search on Google is under threat? To understand why these messages are appearing, Media Files interviewed former chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Professor Allan Fels, and CEO of the Public Interest Journalism Initiative (PIJI),… Read more »

News & Analysis

Google hits back against the ACCC’s ‘misinformation’ accusation

- August 18, 2020 3 MIN READ

Google Australia’s war of words over plans to make the company pay local media companies for news content, has continued today with a rebuttal of competition regulator the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC), which accused the global tech giant of “misinformation”. Google launched a campaign against the ACCC’s proposal for the so-called “News Media… Read more »

News & Analysis

Google claims its free services, including YouTube, are ‘at risk’ if it has to pay Australian media for news

- August 17, 2020 3 MIN READ

Plans by the Morrison government to make Google and Facebook pay local media companies for news content appear to have stirred a sleeping giant, with the global search engine publishing an open letter to Australians warning that their search data, and the company’s free services are at risk as a result. Competition regulator the Australian… Read more »

News & Analysis

Australia is forcing Facebook and Google to pay the media for news – here’s how it will work

- August 3, 2020 4 MIN READ

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its draft news media bargaining code, announced on Friday by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. The draft code allows commercial news businesses to bargain – individually or collectively – with Google and Facebook, in order to be paid for news the tech giants publish on their services. According to… Read more »

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The ACCC is taking on Google, accusing the tech giant of misleading consumers about combining their personal data

- July 27, 2020 3 MIN READ

Google has been accused of misleading consumers over the use of their data from using the internet, with consumer watchdog the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launching legal action against the tech giant. The ACCC alleges Google failed to properly inform consumers, and did not gain their explicit informed consent, about its move in… Read more »

Opinion

COVIDSafe is a dud: it’s time Australia joined the international effort on contact tracing

- July 3, 2020 3 MIN READ

Australia has ruled out abandoning the government’s COVIDSafe contact tracing app in favour of the rival “Gapple” model developed by Google and Apple, which is gaining widespread support around the world. Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth told The Project the COVIDSafe app was “a great platform”. When it comes down to it, is the… Read more »

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5 things you should know about tech today

- June 24, 2020 3 MIN READ

  Is it Wednesday already? Lots of global news today. Don’t forget to tune into the Startup Daily show on the business TV streaming channel ausbiz.com.au every weekday, 2-3pm, where we talk to startup founders, investors and innovators about everything tech. If you’ve missed an episode, you can catch up on the ausbiz site here.   1.  Wirecard’s ex-CEO arrested We… Read more »

News & Analysis

5 things you should know about tech today

- May 4, 2020 4 MIN READ

Happy Monday! Here’s what’s happening in tech.   1. Branson’s glide hustle Just a few weeks after finding the time to send a nice note to everyone at Virgin Australia as the business slid into administration owing creditors Au$7 billion-plus, the show has gone on for Richard Branson, with NSYE-listed Virgin Galactic Holdings announcing its… Read more »

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5 things you should know about tech today

- April 24, 2020 3 MIN READ

  Hello. Yes, it’s been a while as we focused on coronavirus, but we figure it’s time to resume normal service. It’s Friday, tomorrow is Anzac Day and we’ll be innovating the commemoration. Let’s do this.   1. Apple’s email malware Apple users, smug for decades when it came to malware, must be getting increasingly… Read more »

Opinion

The Australian government looks set to end the free ride on local media by Google and Facebook

- April 20, 2020 3 MIN READ

Digital platforms such as Google and Facebook will be forced to compensate news media companies for using their content, under a new mandatory code to be drawn up by Australia’s competition watchdog. The announcement, made by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg today, follows last year’s landmark report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which found… Read more »

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5 things you should know about tech today

- March 5, 2020 3 MIN READ

1. Airbnb’s IPO may call in sick 007 is not the only one (see below) laid low by coronavirus. Airbnb’s much-anticipated IPO, previously announced for 2020, may be delayed until 2021, Bloomberg reports. Like many in the travel and tourism sector, Airbnb’s been hit hard by the sudden contraction brought on by travel bans and… Read more »

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5 things you should know about tech today

- February 28, 2020 4 MIN READ

It’s Friday. Here’s out the week ends.   1. In for the long haul It’s been a tough week for investors as global markets were smashed by coronavirus fears. The ASX All Ordinaries Index, after recently soaring through the 7000 barrier, is down nearly 10% for the week going into Friday’s trade, sitting at around… Read more »