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Google has paused the rollout of its News Showcase product in Australia, because it says it could be unworkable under the nation’s proposed pay-for-news plan. Australia has created a “Draft news media bargaining code” that would allow local news publishers to seek compensation for stories that are linked to by Google and …

  1. TsVk!

    Aussie guvmint are muppets.

    NewsCorp are puppeteers for Aussie guvmint. The two are interconnected. The conglomerate supports the incumbent government by running smear campaigns against it's political enemies and overlooking corruption reporting while the government rubs it's back by protecting it's monopoly, helping kill off competitors and now increasing it's revenue.

    Been going on for too long, it's a sad state of affairs.

    1. Winkypop Silver badge
      Facepalm

      Re: Aussie guvmint are muppets.

      Centre-right government.

      I prefer the term “Murdocracy”

      More accurately reflects reality.

  2. IGotOut Silver badge

    Keep going Google....

    Keep showing what bunch of dicks you are.

    Look we WERE going to pay all along, we just didn't tell you...but now we are taking our ball back.

    Keep it up Google, you are making those antitrust lawsuits easier and easier everyday.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Keep going Google....

      "Keep it up Google, you are making those antitrust lawsuits easier and easier everyday."

      While I wouldn't rule out Australia filing an anti-trust lawsuit for their favourite news media monopoly, it might be difficult to come up with a legal case that paints Google as the bad guy in this when Murdoch rusn the existing monopoly.

    2. WolfFan Silver badge

      Re: Keep going Google....

      Whereupon Google simply bails from Oz. It’s not exactly a major market, after all.

      1. Arthur the cat Silver badge

        Re: Keep going Google....

        Whereupon Google simply bails from Oz. It’s not exactly a major market, after all.

        Or feeds them a diet of NZ and Chinese news items.

  3. LDS Silver badge

    " to create and curate high-quality content for a different kind of online news"

    Basically they would work for Google now, to bring even those users who directly access the news site to Google instead....

  4. -tim
    Boffin

    If only there was a way

    Perhaps someone needs to come up with a robots.txt format to describe the payment and republishing terms of stuff on a site...

    1. P. Lee

      Re: If only there was a way

      If news sites wanted to stop Google from "stealing their content", they can block Google really easily.

      That's not what they want. They want make Google buy their content. This is interesting because end-users aren't that interested in paying for it, which is why the legacy media industry is dying.

      So... good luck with that!

      Two awful businesses fighting!

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    thanks google, please DO NOT index Aussie news, its all progressive, leftist, greenie propaganda, and isn't worth reading anyway!

    1. Tim99 Silver badge
      Joke

      If you weren’t an AC

      You could have used the Joke icon >>======>

    2. whoseyourdaddy

      So, when did Aus put the raging wildfires out?

      Or, are tornados and hurricanes required to give a damn?

  6. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

    And nothing of value was lost...

    Come on guys. It's a new Google product. It'll be end-of-lifed by sometime in early 2022 anyway - having never got out of beta - and Google having already launched at least 2 slightly different but similar services in 2021...

    1. Dz

      Re: And nothing of value was lost...

      Except all those lovely police brutality videos of them stomping on people's heads or wrapping apartment blocks with barbed wire to keep all the residents in.

      Bunch a fascists. They are off my retirement list. A lot has changed since I lived there 20 years ago.

  7. Jim_E

    Getting news filtered by Google does not seem an attractive proposition when there is such a variety of news media available on line.

    The American Murdoch's stable is not among my current selections.

    1. julian.smith
      Linux

      News filtering

      I don't want to be in a search bubble, especially for news.

      I use a VPN AND Google News - it seems to work OK as I'm still presented with the filth from Fake News Corp even though I never knowingly click on it (and have a script to block it if I mistakenly select it)

      Seems to work OK

      If I understand Google's petulant position I'll still be presented with Australian "news" as I'm not "in" Australia

  8. Ashto5

    Seriously Who Cares

    Any news you read is slanted to a political view point.

    Getting news from google yahoo Facebook is just plain stupid.

    Use as many sources as possible and remember that in all of this YOU are the least important entity in the chain

    Everyone else has an agenda

    1. CrackedNoggin Bronze badge

      Re: Seriously Who Cares

      #media outlets >> #news sources

      So much cut and paste, so little investigative work.

      What variance there is usually consists of non-investigate slant or opinion to spice up the click-ability factor.

      Whereas in the old days, there was also a lack of variance, but a much smaller number of outlets.

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