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News Corp. buys Houghton Mifflin Harcourt books division

Mar. 29, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In the latest news of consolidation in the literary world, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. announced Monday it's buying Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's book-publishing division, which includes such blockbuster releases as J.R.R. Tolkien's “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and...

Facebook signs pay deals with 3 Australian news publishers

Feb. 25, 2021 21:26 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Facebook announced on Friday preliminary agreements with three Australian publishers, a day after the Parliament passed a law that would make the digital giants pay for news. Facebook said letters of intent had been signed with independent...

Unfriended no more: Facebook to lift Australia news ban

Feb. 23, 2021 12:44 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Facebook announced Tuesday that it would lift a ban on Australians viewing and sharing news on its platform after it struck a deal with the government on proposed legislation that would make digital giants pay for journalism. The social media...

Facebook makes a power move in Australia - and may regret it

Feb. 19, 2021 14:22 PM EST

For years, Facebook has been in a defensive crouch amid a slew of privacy scandals, antitrust lawsuits and charges that it was letting hate speech and extremism destroy democracy. Early Thursday, though, it abruptly pivoted to take the offensive in Australia, where it lowered the boom on...

Australian leader urges Facebook to lift its news blockade

Feb. 19, 2021 06:03 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister on Friday urged Facebook to lift its ban on news access for Australian users and return to the negotiating table with media organizations, warning that other countries would follow his government’s example in making digital giants...

EXPLAINER: What's up between Google, Facebook and Australia?

Feb. 18, 2021 20:25 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — For two decades, global news outlets have complained internet companies are getting rich at their expense, selling advertising linked to their reports without sharing revenue. Now, Australia is joining France and other governments in pushing Google,...

In surprise move, Facebook blocks news access in Australia

Feb. 18, 2021 12:30 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — In a surprise retaliatory move Thursday, Facebook blocked Australians from sharing news stories, escalating a fight with the government over whether powerful tech companies should have to pay news organizations for content. Australia's...

Even without listening, US lives in Limbaugh’s media world

Feb. 18, 2021 11:40 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — You didn't have to like or even listen to Rush Limbaugh to be affected by what he did. Conservative talk radio wasn't a genre before him. Without Limbaugh, it's hard to imagine a Fox News Channel, or a President Donald Trump, or a media landscape defined...

Australian media law raises questions about 'pay for clicks'

Feb. 18, 2021 05:36 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Timothy Berners-Lee, the British computer scientist known as the inventor of the World Wide Web, says Australian plans to make digital giants pay for journalism could set a precedent that renders the Internet as we know it unworkable. ...

Facebook blocks Australians from accessing news on platform

Feb. 17, 2021 20:17 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Facebook announced Thursday it has blocked Australians from viewing and sharing news on the platform because of proposed laws in the country to make digital giants pay for journalism. Australian publishers can continue to publish news content...