Mint: Pressure mounts on Google to soften its stance in India

Mint: Pressure mounts on Google to soften its stance in India. “Technology giant Google is being prompted to soften its stance in India after pushback from startup founders in the country over its policies. Some startups are already looking at alternative listing for their apps through Android Application Package (APK) downloads on their websites. There are instances such as fantasy sports platform Dream11 getting 100 million users without listing on Google Play Store, the founders said.”

Reuters: Facebook, Google battle Australia over proposed revenue-share law

Reuters: Facebook, Google battle Australia over proposed revenue-share law. “Facebook Inc said it will block news sharing on its platforms in Australia if the government goes ahead with a law to force it, and Alphabet Inc’s Google, to pay local media outlets for featuring their content on its platforms.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Google and Facebook face fines and algorithm transparency under new code

Sydney Morning Herald: Google and Facebook face fines and algorithm transparency under new code. “Google and Facebook will have three months to agree to revenue-sharing deals with Australian media companies before independent arbitrators intervene under a new landmark code designed to tackle the market power amassed by the US tech giants. Draft laws unveiled by the Morrison government and competition watchdog on Friday will impose a raft of conditions on the digital platforms, forcing them to compensate news media businesses for using their content and be more transparent about their data and algorithms.”

CNET: Brave browser can now show ads, and soon you’ll get 70% of the money

CNET: Brave browser can now show ads, and soon you’ll get 70% of the money. “Brave began its existence three years ago by blocking all ads by default. On Tuesday, it’ll start offering anyone using the developer version of Brave the option of seeing privacy-respecting ads. And, in a few weeks, when Brave 1.0 arrives on personal computers, Brave will give those users 70 percent of the ad revenue.”