Search giant Google has agreed to comply with a French ruling that it must pay publishing companies and news agencies for re-using content they produce, a report says.

VENDOR CONTRIBUTION*: Service integration cloud services provider ANATAS has won the Hybrid Integration & API – New Logo Win of the Year category in Software AG Asia Pacific Japan Partner Awards 2020.

Process management and automation vendor Nintex, has announced significant enhancements to its cloud-first process automation solution - Nintex Workflow Cloud - including a "market first" offering, giving customers the ability to quickly and easily create workflows that include robotic process automation (RPA) bots.

Data management vendor Cohesity has raised US$250 million in series E funding.

ASX VENDOR ANNOUNCEMENT:  Cannabis stocks have had a challenging year with huge selloffs seen across the sector. Yet this presents opportunities that are hard to ignore. Global cannabis investment group MMJ Group Holdings (ASX:MMJ) is one. The group is trading at a sharp discount to its intrinsic value, as featured in its March quarter business and investment update.

Australia’s second largest telco Optus has launched a new campaign - A G’day a Day - in response to the COVID-19 crisis, aimed at encouraging social interaction and to increase “positivity and optimism” at a time of uncertainty and isolation.

Google Cloud has launched a virtual agent support program designed to help healthcare, public health, and non-profit industries quickly build and deploy chatbots that can help serve their customers who are looking for information during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The My Health Record digital health program says technology is poised to further help Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic through electronic prescriptions that will allow people convenient access to their medicines to people practising social distancing and self-isolation.

Decision-making platform provider Board International has appointed Nic Dennis as sales director for Australia and New Zealand.

The Australian Information Industry Association has urged the Federal Government to drop its plans for changing the research and development tax incentive scheme as the result of the coronavirus pandemic which is largely affecting small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Chinese phone manufacturer realme has launched a budget smartphone in Australia, with the realme C3 costing just $269 and available for sale from Thursday (9 April).

National job listings on the online site SEEK declined by 65.3% during the week that ended on 5 April, the company says, adding that it had decided to issue data about ads out of its regular monthly schedule due to the massive decline that was happening due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Researchers from Cisco's Talos Intelligence Group say that using fingerprints for security is likely to work about 20% of the time. In the other roughly 80% of cases they tested, Paul Rascagneres and Vitor Ventura said they were able to clone prints that enabled them to bypass the security on different devices.

A developer of the messaging app Signal, that offers end-to-end encryption, has used the situation created by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to warn Americans of the dangers to their privacy if legislators manage to put in place a new law known as the EARN IT Act that could make the use of end-to-end encryption unlawful.

VENDOR CONTRIBUTION: MediaHub used to cater to the Australian broadcast industry and over the years has transitioned into providing cloud and data centre-based services. Today MediaHub broadcasts over 400 terrestrial TV channels and offers playout TV, connectivity services, storage services, online streaming and radio services to audiences locally, nationally and internationally.

Germany-based remote control and collaboration software provider TeamViewer has made its online collaboration software solution Blizz available for free to schools and universities forced into remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australia’s competition regulator the ACCC has granted interim authorisation for members of the Australian Securitisation Forum (ASF) to work together to assist smaller lenders to maintain liquidity and issue loans to consumers and small businesses during the “economic disruption” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Toyota Australia has acquired Sydney-based software development and implementation company Revolution Software Services.

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