Google Pauses Plans for ‘News Showcase’ Product in Australia

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text: A sign featuring Google Inc.'s logo stands inside the entrance to their U.K. headquarters at Six St Pancras Square in London.


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A sign featuring Google Inc.’s logo stands inside the entrance to their U.K. headquarters at Six St Pancras Square in London.

Google has halted plans to launch its ‘News Showcase’ product in Australia as the tech company isn’t clear if it will be viable under the nation’s draft News Media Bargaining code.

The company doesn’t oppose a code, but the arbitration system outlined in the draft is “unworkable,” Mel Silva, Google’s vice president in Australia and New Zealand, said in a blog on SundayConcerns include “unfair payment conditions and unclear definitions and obligations”Earlier, Google said it would start


text: A sign featuring Google Inc.'s logo stands inside the entrance to their U.K. headquarters at Six St Pancras Square in London.


© Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
A sign featuring Google Inc.’s logo stands inside the entrance to their U.K. headquarters at Six St Pancras Square in London.


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A carpenter, who declined to be identified, cuts plywood to cover a closed store where artwork in support of people affected by the coronavirus already covers an adjacent panel in downtown Seattle, Thursday, April 2, 2020. The number of people seeking unemployment benefits in Washington set a new record last week, with tens of thousands more people in the state filing new claims as non-essential businesses remain closed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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California will not accept new unemployment claims over the next two weeks while the state’s Employment Development Department adopts new fraud prevention technology and works to clear out a backlog, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration announced late Saturday.

Employment Development Department Director Sharon Hilliard announced the pause on new claims in response to recommendations from the unemployment “strike team” Newsom appointed in July.

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