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What’s the scam? Archives – Michael West

Google: What’s the Scam?

what’s the scam Google: What’s the Scam? by Michael West | May 1, 2021 Google Australia raked in $5.2bn revenue last year and paid the Tax Office … drumroll … zero income tax. What’s the scam? The scam used to be that Google simply pretended its income from selling services in Australia to Australians really belonged overseas so it invoiced straight from Singapore. No revenue here, ergo no tax. Now the scam is how they define revenue. They claim their revenue is $1.4bn but, buried in a footnote is the admission that gross revenue last year was actually $5.2bn. GST mysteriously plunged from $114m to $43m and “service fees” to foreign associates stomped in at an heroic $3.8bn. They actually paid $133m in tax in 2019. That’s $133m more than Rupert Murdoch’s News Australia Holdings paid in six years. But they’re back to their dodgy old ways – paying no tax again. Although they recorded a tax charge of $53m – this is what they claim they paid, their cashflow statement shows income tax received (not paid) of $22m last year. They got a tax benefit. That’s the scam.

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Facebook announces news content sharing restrictions in Australia

“It has left us facing a stark choice: Attempt to comply with a law that ignores the realities of this relationship, or stop allowing news content on our services in Australia. With a heavy heart, we are choosing the latter.”

In effect News Corp has it’s ability to churn opinion for the LNP boosted. It’s sacked it’s journalists for churnalists just as Google and Facebook have been accused of but with a difference Murdoch has a pact with the LNP. Maybe a exclusivity agreement should be drawn up between the ABC Facebook and Google while they forget News Corp and Ch9.

Facebook announces news content sharing restrictions in Australia

Google & Facebook laws just a Backrub for News and Nine – Michael West

Bye Bye Google

Google threatens to withdraw search from Australia and Facebook to remove news posts. These are not idle threats. Is propping up old media with grants gouged from Google good public policy? It delivers cash for Rupert Murdoch but does it serve consumers? Kim Wingerei reports.

Google & Facebook laws just a Backrub for News and Nine – Michael West

Include the ABC and SBS in media code talks, say the Greens – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“If the aim of this code is to ensure the viability of Australia’s media, then the Government should ensure ABC is included, that AAP doesn’t fail and that small and independent publishers don’t miss out,” Hanson-Young said.

Include the ABC and SBS in media code talks, say the Greens – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Rupert Murdoch Googles opening up a Facebook account

But stuff Google and Facebook, says Morrison and his gang of dollar store Batman villains, if Rupert wants something, no matter how obviously idiotic, odious or borderline corrupt, Rupert will bloody well get it. His media monopoly is the only thing keeping the Coalition in power, after all.

Irrespective of how you look at it, the Murdoch media is working with the Morrison Government to achieve its goal of controlling the narrative and manipulating the way people can find news and information. A job which they already fulfil with aplomb, but which will be that much easier without pesky Google searches and Facebook sharing platforms unearthing more and more alternative views.

Whichever way it goes, Rupert Murdoch gets what he wants. Either a new stream of revenue from Facebook and Google, or a potentially crippling blow to his emerging online news rivals.

Come to think of it, maybe the old coot does understand the internet? More likely his staff do.

So much for freedom of information.

Rupert Murdoch Googles opening up a Facebook account

Trump administration concerned about Australia’s tech giant crackdown

The Trump administration has weighed in on a piece of legislation that would regulate US tech giants Google and Facebook.

The Trump administration has raised concerns with Australia’s competition regulator about proposed legislation that would force powerful US tech companies Google and Facebook to pay publishers for news.

Trump administration concerned about Australia’s tech giant crackdown

Google searches on bushfires ‘eclipse’ records, new benchmark for decade set – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

 

Headlines about koala losses following the Australian bushfire crisis.

Morrison has made International Interest in Australia Spike (ODT)Googl

Bushfire searches were almost twice as popular as the next most-clicked search
Interest in bushfires rose more than 500 per cent over the past three months
Global interest in Australia soared by 340 per cent in the first week of 2020, compared to usual levels

via Google searches on bushfires ‘eclipse’ records, new benchmark for decade set – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Noam Chomsky: Facebook and Google Pose a Manifest Danger

Facebook and the rest, those are commercial institutions. Their constituency is basically advertisers, and they would like to establish the kinds of controls over their consumers that will be beneficial to [a] business model that enabled them to get advertising. That has very serious distorting effects. And we know that they provide massive information to the corporate system, which they use in their own efforts to try to shape and control behavior and opinion. All of these are dangerous developments. The power of these private corporations to direct people in particular [is] a serious problem which requires considerable thought and attention.

via Noam Chomsky: Facebook and Google Pose a Manifest Danger

Trump accuses Google of burying good news on him

Trump has lashed out at tech companies, accusing Google and others of “suppressing” conservative voices and “hiding information” and good news. He cited no evidence for the claim, which echoes both his own attacks on the press and a conservative talking point.

Trump accuses Google of burying good news on him