Google threatens Australia with a ban over media law


In Australia, Google parent Alphabet is threatening to shut down its search engine if it is obliged to pay media companies for the distribution of their content.  The  US group reacted to plans by the Australian government for new media guidelines, according to which IT giants such as Alphabet or Facebook have to pay local media companies money when they distribute their content.


 The  bill stipulates that the Internet giants should negotiate a usage fee with publishers and broadcasters. If the negotiations fail, a state-appointed arbitrator should set the fees. “Should this version of the media guidelines become law, then we will have no other realistic option except to make the Google search function in Australia no longer accessible,” said Alphabet Manager Mel Silva, who is responsible for Australia and New Zealand, in a hearing at the Senate Committee.

Internet supply balloon project stopped


 The  Google parent company Alphabet is ending its attempt to supply remote regions with high-speed internet with the help of balloons. ©

 The  subsidiary Loon founded for this purpose is closed. “We haven’t found a way to reduce costs to the point that long-term sustainable business is possible,” Loon boss Alastair Westgarth wrote in a blog post today.

Google had already introduced the big balloons that can stay in the air for months in 2013. ©

 The  idea was that remote and sparsely populated areas could be supplied with Internet in this way more cheaply than with conventional telecommunications infrastructure. In the meantime, Google and Facebook also tried drones for this purpose, but gave up these plans relatively quickly.

Alphabet is costing future bets like Loon billions year after year, while Google’s core business of online advertising continues to provide the money. ©

 The  group’s best-known innovation project to date is the robot car company Waymo, which is considered a leading player in autonomous driving.

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Google threatens Australia ban media law


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