Schoolboy, 13, crushed to death by rubbish truck after he and two friends slept off in an industrial bin

A 13-year-old schoolboy has been crushed to death by a rubbish truck after he and two friends fell asleep in an industrial bin in Australia. The boy slept off in the bin with two other boys aged 11 and 12. The 11-year-old boy suffered serious injuries when the truck began emptying the industrial bin while the third boy,… Continue reading Schoolboy, 13, crushed to death by rubbish truck after he and two friends slept off in an industrial bin

After Australia, the wrangle between publishers and Big Tech has reached new levels

Weeks after the furor between Facebook and the Australian government, the ripple effects are being felt across the world as other governments consider similar legislation. Facebook had quarreled with the Australian government over its News Media Bargaining Code and at one point instituted a news blackout in the country. All the while Google struck a… Continue reading After Australia, the wrangle between publishers and Big Tech has reached new levels

New Zealand, Australia To Create ‘Travel Bubble,’ Resume Quarantine-Free Travel

New Zealand and Australia will allow quarantine-free travel between the two countries starting April 19, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Tuesday. Ardern called the new arrangement the Trans-Tasman bubble. “The bubble will give our economic recovery a boost and represents a world leading arrangement of safely opening up international travel while continuing to… Continue reading New Zealand, Australia To Create ‘Travel Bubble,’ Resume Quarantine-Free Travel

Facebook Reaches Deal With News Corp. Australia To Pay For News Content

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 18: In this photo illustration a message is seen on Facebook mobile, on February 18, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. Facebook has banned publishers and users in Australia from posting and sharing news content as the Australian government prepares to pass laws that will require social media companies to pay news publishers for sharing or using content on their platforms. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Facebook has reached a deal to pay News Corp.’s Australian arm for local articles that appear on the social media giant’s platform – after it briefly pulled the plug on such content to protest a change in the country’s media law. Facebook and Australia’s largest media conglomerate comes after the country’s parliament amended a law… Continue reading Facebook Reaches Deal With News Corp. Australia To Pay For News Content

Biden And ‘Quad’ Leaders Launch Vaccine Push, Deepen Coordination Against China

U.S. President Joe Biden, top left, Yoshihide Suga, Japan's prime minister, top right, Scott Morrison, Australia's prime minister, bottom left, and Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, on a monitor during the virtual Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) meeting at Sugas official residence in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, March 12, 2021. As President Biden seeks to shore up ties with allies in Asia, he’s reshaping the message to avoid spooking them about America’s intentions when it comes to China. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

President Biden and the leaders of Australia, India and Japan launched a plan on Friday to boost COVID-19 vaccine production and distribution in Asia as the White House seeks to deepen coordination with partners around the world to counterbalance China. The four countries, collectively known as the Quad, short for the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, also… Continue reading Biden And ‘Quad’ Leaders Launch Vaccine Push, Deepen Coordination Against China

Australia passes new media law that will require Google, Facebook to pay for news

Australia has passed a new law that will require digital platforms like Facebook and Google to pay local media outlets and publishers to link their content on news feeds or in search results. The move was widely expected and comes days after the government introduced some last-minute amendments to the proposed bill, known officially as… Continue reading Australia passes new media law that will require Google, Facebook to pay for news

Facebook Restores News Content After Brokering Deal With Australian Regulators

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 18: In this photo illustration 3AW Melbourne Facebook page is seen blank, on February 18, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. Facebook has banned publishers and users in Australia from posting and sharing news content as the Australian government prepares to pass laws that will require social media companies to pay news publishers for sharing or using content on their platforms. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Facebook will restore news pages in Australia after the government agreed to change a proposed law forcing tech companies to pay publishers for news content. The new law would force Google and Facebook to pay Australian news publishers for stories with terms of a deal set by a third party, had they not been able… Continue reading Facebook Restores News Content After Brokering Deal With Australian Regulators

It will ‘annoy a huge group of the population’: How Australians have responded to Facebook’s news ban

Facebook users in Australia are slowly coming to terms with the fact that they’ll no longer be able to get their daily news updates on the platform. In a snap decision announced Wednesday, the social media giant said it was no longer going to allow publishers and Australian users to share and view news content… Continue reading It will ‘annoy a huge group of the population’: How Australians have responded to Facebook’s news ban

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Facebook Blocks News In Australia Over Government Plan To Force Payment To Publishers

FILE - This March 29, 2018 file photo shows the Facebook logo on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square. The U.K.'s competition watchdog launched a formal investigation on Thursday Jan. 28, 2021 into Facebook's purchase of Giphy over concerns it will stifle competition for animated images. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Facebook said Wednesday that it is preventing people inside Australia from accessing news stories on its platform. In addition, Facebook users elsewhere will not be able to view or share news stories from Australian outlets. The moves are a response to proposed legislation that would force social media platforms to pay Australian news organizations for… Continue reading Facebook Blocks News In Australia Over Government Plan To Force Payment To Publishers

Australian Open Bans Spectators As State Enters 5-Day Lockdown

A fan wearing a face mask watches Italy's Sara Errani play against Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei during their women's singles match on day five of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on February 12, 2021. (Photo by Paul CROCK / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo by PAUL CROCK/AFP via Getty Images)

Officials in Australia’s state of Victoria mandated a five-day, stay-at-home order to prevent the spread of the area’s growing number of coronavirus infections. But the tennis must go on. Tennis Australia, the organizers of the Australian Open, had allowed 30,000 fans to attend matches thus far. But under the new restrictions, the stands will sit… Continue reading Australian Open Bans Spectators As State Enters 5-Day Lockdown