And Rupert ain't finish yet!
ABC (Australia), SBS, BBC, y'all are next.
Facebook and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation have struck a deal under Australia’s laws that require The Social Network™ to either send money to local news publishers or face the prospect of being dragged into an arbitration process. News’ announcement says four of its paywalled titles will be covered by the new deal, along …
Most "local" news is run by national companies.
If local news is sometimes faked.
You see the same story about some local "scandal" and they just stick a different photo and location on. Heck they often screw up the photo and stick one from a different place in that happens to have the same name.
An agreement is being made
It doesn't stop the agreement being "NewsCorp PAYS Faceache/Slurp for bringing them business"
Loss of website traffic at various australian sites over the period that FB pulled the plug on linking was extremely noticeable - as in 80%++ noticable
That's the point that FB and Goo could simply ask "How much are you willing to pay for continued referrals?" or even say "This is our figure. We have you over a barrel. Pay up or we setup our own newspapers"
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