Google threatens to quit Australia search market

Posted On Jun 4 2021 by

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore1 22 JAN 2021 Previous ArticleHonor plays down US parts restrictionsNext ArticleApple plans custom chips for AR headset Asia Australia funds regulator to oversee new media law Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Joseph Waring Australia passes media code targeting Google, Facebook Google threatened to pull its search engine from Australia if the nation passes a law requiring the company to negotiate payment terms with local publishers to access their content.Melanie Silva, MD for Australia and New Zealand, told a Senate committee reviewing the plan Google would have “no real choice” but to pull its search services if it became law.Google published Silva’s comments in a blog: she stated the current proposal presents “unmanageable financial and operational risk” for the company, and pressed for an approach which allowed it to pay publishers without withdrawing its search services.In a blog, Peter Lewis, director of the Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology said the comments are “part of a pattern of threatening behaviour that is chilling for anyone who values our democracy”.Lewis noted the threat follows a “secret and cynical experiment” on Google users in recent weeks, where news had been withdrawn from its services without warning.Fair paymentThe government’s proposal is designed to ensure digital platforms agree to fair payment for accessing local news content.Last week, the US government called for Australia to drop the move and adopt a voluntary code of conduct.In a submission earlier this week, Google argued the planned code  would require it to pay all registered news businesses for merely having a link to their news content in search: “Such a requirement would destroy the business model of any search engine”. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Backcenter_img Google inks licensing deals with India publishers Author HomeAsiaNews Google threatens to quit Australia search market Related Tags Googlelast_img read more


Harvard wins Cambridge Go Green Award for Blackstone project

Posted On Mar 2 2021 by

first_imgHarvard University has been awarded a city of Cambridge Go Green Business Award, which recognizes business and institutional leaders for their efforts to create a more sustainable city.The award, in the energy category for a large organization, was given to University Operations Services (UOS) for the 46 Blackstone St. project, a 44,000-square-foot project that converted former industrial space — and a brownfield site — into office space.The project, completed in May 2006, has received a platinum certification — the highest possible and the first at Harvard — from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.Its green features include ground-source heat pumps for cooling the building; features that reduce summer energy use 42 percent below code; and features that reduce water use by 43 percent. It includes conversion of a former parking lot to green space, use of environmentally responsible materials, drought-tolerant plants, and metering equipment to monitor the building’s energy efficiency. Recycling and reuse of construction debris from the renovation resulted in more than 99 percent of construction waste diverted from landfills.Thomas Vautin, UOS associate vice president for facilities and environmental services, said the Blackstone project is a valuable example that shows what’s possible when sustainability is incorporated into project design.“The Blackstone office renovation project has been a truly valuable learning experience for us,” Vautin said. “It illustrates that it is possible to perform major renovations of an historic structure to create high performance and a wonderful work environment — all in a very cost-effective way.”The award, to be given at today’s (May 17) ceremony at the City Hall annex, is the second in three years for Harvard. Harvard’s Green Campus Initiative won a Go Green Business Award in 2004 for its efforts to spur energy conservation, energy-efficient purchasing, and green-power purchasing on campus.last_img read more


Vermont Ag producers get $50,000 to enhance distribution

Posted On Dec 31 2020 by

first_imgStonewood Farm, Orwell photo.Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) is pleased to announce five Local Food Market Development (LFMD) Grants, totaling $50,000, awarded to support projects that will assist Vermont farmers, businesses, and food system service providers in reaching new markets with an institutional or other wholesale focus in Vermont. This year the agency has partnered with the High Meadows Fund who contributed an additional $20,000 to augment the $30,000 from the Vermont Legislature for this grant initiative. “The strong program similarities between the VAAFM’s Local Food Market Development Grant Program and the priorities of philanthropic partners’ agricultural initiatives, provides an opportunity to grow economic success for Vermont farm and food businesses, while providing quality food to more Vermont markets,” says Secretary Anson Tebbetts. “We are proud to establish this partnership with the High Meadows Fund to develop new opportunities for Vermont producers.”Projects were selected by an independent review committee out of 15 applications, totaling requests of nearly $140,000.  FY18 grantees include:Last Resort Farm(link is external) – Monkton, VTMountain Home Farm(link is external) – Tunbridge, VTStonewood Farm(link is external) – Orwell, VTFood Connects(link is external) – Brattleboro, VTNortheast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT)(link is external) – Richmond, VTAll five grantees will receive $10,000 for projects that will improve access to institutional and wholesale market expansion by improving quality, efficiency, and food safety with the goal of mitigating the financial risks associated with scaling up to meet new market demands.For more information on the LFMD grant program, please visit: www.agriculture.vermont.gov/producer_partner_resources/funding_opportunities/vaafm_funding/local_food_market(link is external)For more information about the High Meadows Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation, visit: www.highmeadowsfund.org(link is external)Source: AAFM 3.28.2018last_img read more


Featured awards category – Recycling

Posted On Oct 1 2020 by

first_imgThe Recycling & Environmental category has acquired a reputation for attracting high-quality entries in recent years.The winner is expected to be able to demonstrate a commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its operations.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Ryan Priestly of Priestly Demolition (right) receives the 2017 Recycling & Environmental award from Howard Button of the United Kingdom’s National Federation of Demolition ContractorsAs well as clear evidence of effective recycling strategies, the judges decide the award based on green working practices, investment in cleaner equipment and effective control of noise, pollution and disturbance.Primary criteria against which entries are assessed are professionalism and expertise; environmental impact management; approach to recycling; client satisfaction.last_img read more


Inamoto to play

Posted On Sep 22 2020 by

first_imgLONDON (Kyodo) Japan midfielder Junichi Inamoto, who is on loan from Premier League club West Bromwich Albion, has been given permission to play for Championship team Cardiff in its F.A. Cup third-round clash against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, Cardiff officials said on Friday.West Bromwich, which earlier did not allow Inamoto to play for Cardiff in cup competitions, has changed its policy at the request of Cardiff officials hoping to extend his stay at the club. Inamoto joined Cardiff in December on a one-month loan in a move to regain fitness after being limited to just eight reserve outings since joining Albion in August.Cardiff manager Lennie Lawrence said last weekend that both clubs have agreed that his contract can be extended by up to three months depending on the results of monthly reviews of his performances.Playing for Cardiff in the F.A. Cup will rob Inamoto of an opportunity to wear the Albion shirt in the tournament. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more


No fifth game for Condors, please

Posted On Dec 25 2019 by

first_img4:10 p.m. When California fell behind in Game 4 Thursday’s girls volleyball match with visting Santa Fe, it meant the Condors, leading in games, 2-1 at the time, would need to win Game 5 if they were to win the match. And Condors coach John Horwath knew that was reason for concern. Over the past two and one-half seasons, California’s matches had gone to five games on eight occasions and come out the loser in seven of them. “We don’t want to play the fifth game if we can help it,” Horwath said earlier this season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ Santa Fe went on to win Game 4 Thursday, 25-13, and then handed the Condors their eighth loss in nine five-game matches by winning the last game, 15-6. The loss broke a tie in Del Rio League play between the teams, with Santa Fe improving to 6-2 in league and California slipping to 5-3. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


To Bot or To Tweet, That Is The Question

Posted On Dec 16 2019 by

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… dan rowinski 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#biz#How To “I’m not sure there’s ever going to be a day when your newsroom budget has a ‘revenue’ line for social media that balances out the ‘expenses’ line,” said Jeff Sonderman, digital media fellow at the Poynter Institute who specializes in mobile and social media. “But the question a smart manager has to ask is, can I afford not to do this? Can I really afford not to engage with my readers? Am I willing to let the news conversation happen without my newsroom involved in it?”Sonderman focuses on the news industry but the question of engaging with customers cuts across all businesses.A Bot For Your NicheThere are benefits to bots. People come to social platforms, especially Twitter and Tumblr, as a way to stay up to date with things they are interested in. The online world is fragmented and people gravitate toward their particular niche. In that regard, having a bot that fulfills their craving for a particular kind of news can be beneficial.“Something that is pre-defined as only fitting a certain niche can maybe be automated, because you’ve at least made a valuable decision to focus it,” Sonderman said. “Auto-tweeting a bunch of unrelated stuff on one account is more of a problem.”Curated Feeds For AppsWhen it comes to mobile applications that use social media to draw in content, there are arguments for both sides. Some of the best feeds on Flipboard are from individual users that curate content through retweets, share pictures through TwitPic (or like service), express personal opinions and create original content. For instance, set up a Flipboard feed for someone like tech blogger Robert Scoble. The result is a mix of articles and tweets that reads like a magazine, up to date with everything he has been working on and the conversation he is having.A bot will create the same type of magazine on Flipboard with all of your content and news, but without the extra layer of pictures and conversational context that turn it from a glorified RSS reader into a dynamic content experience. The New York Times is breaking up with the bot that automatically tweets every article that goes up on the newspaper’s website. Instead, New York Times content will be curated by a team of social media editors who are much more interactive and collaborative online, @replying users and retweeting interesting non-New York Times content.An interesting question emerges on how people, companies and publishers should be using the social space to build their brands, especially those focused on content. A Twitter bot is simple and it gets all the links to your content into the open, more or less like a 140-character RSS reader. Mobile applications like Flipboard and Zite use those Twitter streams to populate their feeds so there is incentive to just let a bot get all of the content out in one place. Is there a perfect mix between bot and human that works best in social media?This is not just a discussion about Twitter but about resources that a company puts in to social media and the return it can expect. Social media done right, the way all the pundits say it should be done – interaction, attentive and responsive – takes time and work. It is easy to set up a content management system to send a headline and a short URL to Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more


This App Helps You Park Like A Rock Star

Posted On Dec 15 2019 by

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Monkey Parking#Park Modo#PocketParker#sharing economy#Sweetch center_img lauren orsini Circling the lot for a parking space is still one of our most infuriating pastimes. Now researchers think they’ve found a solution, no shady payouts or middlemen included. Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo have invented PocketParker, an app that turns a user’s smartphone into a passive sensor to track other app users. A remote computer analyzes user actions and determines whether a parking lot likely has a free space. To test the app, researchers had 105 smartphone in Buffalo use the app for a month and a half, for a total of 10,827 car arrivals and departures. The researchers installed cameras at parking lots to check their work and determined that PocketParker is able to correctly predict the number of available parking spaces 19 times out of 20. The researchers will present their findings at Seattle’s Ubicomp conference this week.See also: San Francisco Tells Parking Apps To Stop Auctioning SpacesThere’s certainly a demand to make parking simpler, but so far the proposed solutions have fallen short of the mark. Monkey Parking was a short-lived app that allowed San Franciscans to buy and sell public parking spots, which they didn’t own in the first place. It’s no wonder that San Francisco’s city attorney soon sent it a cease and desist. Monkey Parking, along with competitors like Sweetch and Park Modo, still have active websites. However, they all cost money and a free alternative like PocketParker could replace them all—without creating a new sharing economy to piss off the city, either.Photo by Matt Page The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more


Lady Hall to Chair National Parenting Commission

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_imgThe National Parenting Commission, which aims to assist parents in carrying out their roles and responsibilities, is to be chaired by Lady Rheima Hall, wife of former Governor-General, His Excellency Professor Sir Kenneth Hall.The Parenting Commission also aims at providing support for parents by increasing their access to quality information and services as outlined in the National Parenting Policy.Making his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 15, Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, also informed that the noted Public Health Specialist, Dr. Patrice Charles Freeman, has been appointed Executive Director of the Commission.In the meantime, he said money is in the budget, courtesy of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to establish 160 Parent Places across the island this year to educate parents in best practices.“We look forward to partnering with a range of parenting initiatives already being undertaken, offering parents support, connection with social services, counselling about behavioural problems, mentoring, and financial assistance,” he said.On another matter, the Minister said it is a clear policy of the administration that  school officials should not shun or scorn pregnant school girls, but to reintegrate them in the original or another school, so as to continue their education.“Connect them to the Women Centres, to assist them with their added responsibilities, to insist that baby fathers mind their children, and if underage, to assist the Police in prosecuting carnal abusers. This is a call to action,” Rev. Thwaites said.CONTACT: CHRIS PATTERSONlast_img read more


Activities in ZOSOs to be Maintained until Normality is Restored

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is reassuring that activities, particularly social interventions, which are conducted in communities adversely impacted by crime and violence and are declared Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs), will be maintained until normality is restored in those areas.“We will stay with the communities for as long as it takes for them to be normalised. It won’t be so much what we do in the initial phase, but moreso the social interventions (thereafter),” Mr. Holness emphasised.The Prime Minister was speaking at an Office of the Prime Minister-Live (OPM-Live) mini town hall meeting at Jamaica College in St. Andrew on Wednesday, November 29.Mr. Holness, who cited misinterpretations of the 60-day timeline in the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act by some persons, explained that this is not the expiration time of the Zone, “but the time that (we) should go to Parliament, if we decide to continue”.He indicated that the timeline for the initial ZOSO in Mount Salem, St. James, has been extended, adding that “it is likely that we will renew the Zone in Denham Town (West Kingston) until we are certain that all the threats to the safety and security of the environment have been removed”.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness advised that 20 communities, accounting for more than 50 per cent of the crime occurring islandwide, have been identified.He said that with the requisite resources, “we should be able to bring those communities under the programme of Zones of Special Operations and make a significant impact in the medium to long term on the trajectory of crime in the country”.The Prime Minister, in response to a question, indicated that the extent of security engagements in the Denham Town ZOSO, relative to the Christmas season, would be determined by the joint command of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).“I believe that they have been operating in such a way as to promote the cohesion and the good spirit within the community. So, I think that they will be responsible and very smart in what they are doing,” he added.Mr. Holness acknowledged that creating a culture of peace in communities adversely affected by crime “does take some time…and hand-holding”.He said that in a number of cases, this will require key provisions to facilitate this undertaking.“It means that we have to be training persons. We have to facilitate persons being able to get their IDs, for example… to get their health checks, to deal with the parenting issues that exist, and to deal with the informal settlements that may exist in those communities. All of those things take time,” the Prime Minister pointed out.Mr. Holness reiterated that the ZOSO is not a knee-jerk response to crime, and emphasised that development of the attendant logistics to ensure the initiative fulfils its ultimate targets of preserving life and creating a safe and secure environment “takes a very long time”.He reminded that the ZOSOs are designed to be a medium- to long-term measure to enhance public safety and security. He said that with the requisite resources, “we should be able to bring those communities under the programme of Zones of Special Operations and make a significant impact in the medium to long term on the trajectory of crime in the country”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is reassuring that activities, particularly social interventions, which are conducted in communities adversely impacted by crime and violence and are declared Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs), will be maintained until normality is restored in those areas. Mr. Holness, who cited misinterpretations of the 60-day timeline in the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act by some persons, explained that this is not the expiration time of the Zone, “but the time that (we) should go to Parliament, if we decide to continue”.last_img read more