Microsoft’s Bing could replace Google in Australia if the latter pulls out of the country in case forced to pay to local media firms. Australia has recently introduced laws, which Facebook and Google term arm-twisting, to mandates both the tech firms to pay local media outlets for their content. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, as per media reports, had a world with PM Scott Morrison and assured him that it was ready to grow the presence of its search tool Bing.
Google said it will shut down search engine in Australia if the govt goes ahead with the proposed media code that would force it and Facebook to pay local media firms for content sharing. The new law will make the two big tech giants negotiate payments with local publishers and broadcasters for content. If they failed, authorities will decide the price. Australian PM Scott Morrison, in response, said ” We don’t respond to threats.”
PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate the three days Bengaluru Tech Summit 2020 today via video conferencing. The Summit is organised by the Karnataka govt along with Karnataka Innovation and Technology Society, Karnataka government’s Vision Group on IT, Biotechnology and StartUp, STPI and MM Activ Sci-Tech Communications. The summit will see the participation of Australia PM Scott Morrison, Swiss Confederation VP Guy Parmelin, and many other prominent figures.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will reportedly announce the govt’s plan to spend $1.19B to bolster the cyber defence of private firms, households over the next 10 years. Cyberattacks cost about 1.5% of the Australian GDP. This move comes after Australia witnessed a series of a cyberattack; 2019 attack on Australian parliament, being the most intense one. The country will work on disrupting would-be attackers, fortify critical infra, boost police efforts.