News & Analysis

Google settles ATO tax battle for $481.5 million

- December 18, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

Google has settled a long-standing dispute with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) agreeing to pay an extra $481.5 million in additional tax in a major financial win for the federal government. The search giant’s agreement follows in the wake of similar deals with Microsoft, Apple and Facebook as part of a multinational e-commerce crackdown by… Read more »

News & Analysis

The Australian government is cracking down on Facebook and Google

- December 12, 2019 4 MIN READ

Image: Jurassic World, Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment The Morrison government’s response to the ACCC’s concerns about the market power of Google and Facebook include $27m to the competition watchdog to boost monitoring and enforcement against the tech giants A voluntary code of practice, overseen by the ACCC, to address bargaining power imbalances between the tech companies… Read more »

News & Analysis

Google’s former engineering director now has a startup career as sea ‘doctor’

- November 27, 2019 2 MIN READ

Ex-Googler Alan Noble is now studying ocean health.   The former engineering director of Google Australia is adapting off-the-shelf technology to help the world tackle the issues facing our oceans. Founded by former Google engineering director Alan Noble and ecologist professor Sean Connell, Australian Ocean Lab (AusOcean) is a not-for-profit organisation based in South Australia that is… Read more »

News & Analysis

The ACCC is worried about data privacy from tech takeovers by Facebook and Google

- November 19, 2019 3 MIN READ

The growing power of Facebook, Google and other tech companies as they swallow smaller rivals has Australia’s competition watchdog, the ACCC, worried about the threat to consumer data and privacy. Speaking at the Consumer Policy Research Conference Conference in Melbourne today, Australian Consumer and Competition Commission chair Rod Sims said Google and Facebook “are essentially… Read more »

News & Analysis

Consumer watchdog the ACCC wants to crack down on Facebook and Google

- July 26, 2019 5 MIN READ

  Australia’s consumer watchdog wants to lift the carpet on some of the world’s biggest and most powerful tech companies, especially Facebook and Google, to see how their greatest trade secrets work in sweeping changes to check their power in the nation’s digital economy. The final report of the landmark Australian Competition and Consumer Commission… Read more »

Opinion

Why Google Optimize offers boundless opportunities for Australian companies  

- July 23, 2019 3 MIN READ

Brands that are failing to run controlled website and mobile app experiments in order to understand their customers and convert impressions into transactions are falling behind. Research from Forrester supports this, revealing that the cohort who embed experimentation into their business will earn 1.8 trillion dollars by 2021 and grow eight times faster than the… Read more »