Google has held out a nice, juicy carrot overnight, hoping that Australia will bite and agree to the terms that it wants for the media code that is being negotiated with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
Sundar Pichai, the head of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has announced that the company will put up US$1 billion (A$1.39 billion) for an initiative called the Google News Showcase, which would "pay publishers to create and curate high-quality content for a different kind of online news experience".
A ranking of the cyber prowess of 30 nations, published by the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs, appears to be more of a political publication than a technical one, with Israel conspicuously missing from the top 10, and comments within the document clearly indicating its bias.
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