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Google and FB risk big fines under draft Australian news law

Dec. 9, 2020 1:23 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Google and Facebook would risk multimillion-dollar fines if they failed to comply with proposed legislation introduced into the Australian Parliament on Wednesday that would make the tech giants pay for journalism they display. Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg introduced the...

Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. Australia’s government will reveal legislation in Parliament on Wednesday that would make Facebook and Google pay for journalism. (Lukas Coch/AAP Image via AP)

Australia to reveal laws to make Google and FB pay for news

Dec. 8, 2020 2:41 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s government will reveal legislation in Parliament on Wednesday that would make Facebook and Google pay for journalism. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Tuesday that the legislation to create the News Media Bargaining Code will be scrutinized by a parliamentary...

Cardinal George Pell has a light moment during an interview with the Associated Press inside his residence near the Vatican in Rome, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The pope’s former treasurer, who was convicted and then acquitted of sexual abuse in his native Australia, said Monday he feels a dismayed sense of vindication as the financial mismanagement he tried to uncover in the Holy See is now being exposed in a spiraling Vatican corruption investigation. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Judge refuses to dismiss media charges in Pell trial

Dec. 4, 2020 12:09 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A Supreme Court judge in Australia's Victoria state on Friday dismissed submissions from news media organizations and journalists that there is no case to answer on charges they breached a gag order on reporting about Cardinal George Pell’s sex abuse convictions in 2018. ...

FILE -- This March 13, 2003 file photo shows an exterior view of the German media giant Bertelsmann in Guetersloh, Germany. German media giant Bertelsmann said Wednesday that it is buying publisher Simon & Schuster from ViacomCBS for $2.17 billion in cash. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)

Penguin to buy Simon & Schuster, create publishing giant

Nov. 25, 2020 3:24 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German media giant Bertelsmann said Wednesday that its Penguin Random House division is buying rival Simon & Schuster in a megadeal that would reshape the U.S. publishing industry. Penguin Random House, already the largest American publisher, will buy the New York-based Simon &...