All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Australia’
Yahoo7, which is the product of a partnership between Yahoo and the Seven Network in Australia, is now also part of the group buying phenomenon. Yahoo7 announced today that it’s acquired Spreets, a group buying site with 500,000 members.
Australia, Brazil, and Mexico have populations of 22.5 million, 190.7 million, and 112.3 million people, respectively. Which adds up to 325.5 million potential users, all in all. It’s a big deal, then, that the Bing-Yahoo search transition progressed in these three countries today.
Google Apps has been on something of a roll lately, sealing deals with a number of American universities and businesses. But it seems to have achieved success on a grander scale in Australia, where two very large companies today announced plans to "go Google."
Google’s indiscretions with regards to WiFi data collection have earned it – for now – three years of close supervision in Australia. That appears to be about the maximum penalty Australian Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis can impose after determining the company violated a privacy law.
This week, Australia got its first female prime minister (Julia Gillard replaced Kevin Rudd following a surprise challenge for the leadership of the Labor Party), and throughout all of the excitement, it seems that Google and perhaps Twitter provided two significant ways for people to keep up with events.
Google’s attempts to appease the international community with regards to its collection of sensitive WiFi data don’t seem to have paid off. Instead, the Attorney-General of Australia, Robert McClelland, announced this weekend that a new investigation has begun.
Google’s practice of channeling its revenues through Ireland is getting the company into trouble yet again. This time, onlookers in Australia have taken note, and although no government officials have become involved, people are definitely unhappy that Google may be shirking its tax obligations.
About one month ago, Google and Yahoo joined the Australian Library and Information Association and the Inspire Foundation in protesting an Internet filter that’s meant to affect all of Australia. Now, the country’s government has processed their submissions, and the situation has started to receive a lot more attention.
Google and Yahoo have stepped up their opposition to a proposed Internet filter meant to protect children in Australia. Together, the two companies joined the Australian Library and Information Association and the Inspire Foundation, and set out some "Core Principles for Effective Action for a Safer Internet."
The rumor that Google might build a data center in Australia has been circulating for some time; our first report on the subject was written in October of 2008. Now, although construction crews haven’t exactly been mobilized, there’s at least been a sign that Google hasn’t given up on the idea.