Stop the copycats: Murdoch targets tech titans

Original article by Stephen Drill
The Australian – Page: 17 : 20-Jun-19

News Corporation’s co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch has stressed the importance of investing in journalism for the global media group. He also warned that many news websites merely copy other publishers’ stories rather than producing their own content, and digital search platforms should recognise this and give prominence to companies that invest in journalism. Murdoch also said News Corp will be a growth business after selling the bulk of its entertainment assets to Disney.

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NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, WALT DISNEY COMPANY, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, SKY NEWS, REA GROUP LIMITED – ASX REA, REALESTATE.COM.AU, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, WPP PLC

Google flags $400m for journalism

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 28 : 22-Mar-18

Technology giant Google hopes to improve its relationship with international media companies via its Google News Initiative. Google has committed to investing $US300m ($A389m) in a range of news-related projects, including changes to its search algorithms to ensure that "authoritative" news sources are displayed first in its search results. Meanwhile, the Subscribe with Google project will make it easier for Google users to take out subscriptions with news publishers via Google’s platform.

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GOOGLE INCORPORATED, FAIRFAX MEDIA LIMITED – ASX FXJ, MAINCIHI, FIRST DRAFT, YOUTUBE INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED

Truth to triumph in Google’s new news algorithm

Original article by Darren Davidson
The Australian – Page: 21 : 21-Mar-18

Technology giant Google has announced a range of initiatives that are designed to assist news publishers to gain more revenue from their content. Amongst other things, Google will change its algorithms to ensure that
"authoritative" news sources are given precedence in its search results, while it will also launch a program which will allow people to subscribe to a wide range of digital newspapers via their Google account.

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GOOGLE INCORPORATED, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, BUZZFEED INCORPORATED, WPP PLC

Google changes tack, works with publishers on subscriptions

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 2 : 3-Oct-17

Digital giant Google has responded to news publishers’ concerns by adopting a "flexible sampling" model for news content accessed via its search results. This will replace the "first click free" model, and allows publishers to determine how many of their news articles consumers can read before requiring a paid subscription. Richard Gingras of Google says the company will also co-operate with publishers in streamlining the process of signing up for paid subscriptions.

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GOOGLE INCORPORATED, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY, FINANCIAL TIMES GROUP