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Google removes links to California news sites, citing proposed state law requiring payment to publishers


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Google is removing links to California news websites in reaction to proposed state legislation requiring big tech companies to pay news outlets for their content, the company announced Friday in a blog post.

Google, which is a subsidiary of Alphabet (GOOGL), wrote the move would affect only a small percentage of California users, and is intended as a “test,” allowing the company to gauge “the impact of the legislation on our product experience.”

The California Journalism Preservation Act, which was introduced in March 2023 and is still awaiting a hearing by the state’s Senate Judiciary Committee, would require digital platforms like Google and Meta to pay a “journalism usage fee” to eligible news outlets when they use their content alongside digital ads.

Meta has not returned CNN’s request for comment.

The bill comes as more people have shifted away from finding and consuming news though traditional media and toward social and online platforms. The legislation was introduced amid fears the companies’ news aggregation practices will siphon users away from news websites, which have sounded the alarm about how platforms have gained increasingly unfettered control over the content they allow users to see.

On Friday evening, California State Senate President Pro-Tempore Mike McGuire, a co-author of the bill, called the move an act of “bullying” and an “abuse of power.”

“This is a dangerous threat by Google that not only sets a terrible precedent here in America, but puts public safety at risk for Californians who depend on the news to keep us informed of life-threatening emergencies and local public safety incidents,” he wrote in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter. “This is a breach of public trust and we call on Google Executives to answer for this stunt.”

Lawmakers and proponents of the

Faced with possibly paying for news, Google removes links to California news sites for some users

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Google on Friday began removing California news websites from some people’s search results, a test that acted as a threat should the state Legislature pass a law requiring the search giant to pay media companies for linking to their content.

Google announced the move in a blog post on Friday, calling it a “short-term test for a small percentage of users … to measure the impact of the legislation on our product experience.” The company said it also would pause new investments in the California news industry, including the partnership initiative with news organizations and its product licensing program.

“By helping people find news stories, we help publishers of all sizes grow their audiences at no cost to them. (This bill) would up-end that model,” Jaffer Zaidi, Google’s vice president for global news partnerships, wrote in the blog post.

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The California Legislature is considering a bill that would require tech giants like Google, Facebook and Microsoft to pay a certain percentage of advertising revenue to media companies for linking to their content. How much the companies would have to pay would be decided by a panel of three judges through an arbitration process.

The bill aims to stop the loss of journalism jobs, which have been disappearing rapidly as legacy media companies have struggled to profit in the digital age. More than 2,500 newspapers have closed in the U.S. since 2005, according to Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. California has lost more than 100 news organizations in the past decade, according to Democratic Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, the bill’s author.

“This is a bill about basic fairness — it’s about ensuring that platforms pay for the content they repurpose,” Wicks said. “We are

Former Google engineer charged with stealing AI tech while secretly working with Chinese firms

A former software engineer at Google has been charged with stealing artificial intelligence technology from the company while secretly working with two companies based in China, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday.

Linwei Ding, a Chinese national, was arrested in Newark, Calif., on four counts of federal trade secret theft, each punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The case against Ding was being announced at an American Bar Association Conference in San Francisco by Attorney General Merrick Garland, who along with other law enforcement leaders has repeatedly warned about the threat of Chinese economic espionage and about the national security concerns posed by advancements in artificial intelligence.

“Today’s charges are the latest illustration of the lengths affiliates of companies based in the People’s Republic of China are willing to go to steal American innovation,” FBI director Christopher Wray said in a statement.

“The theft of innovative technology and trade secrets from American companies can cost jobs and have devastating economic and national security consequences.”

Ding uploaded files to personal account: indictment

U.S. Justice Department leaders in recent weeks have been sounding alarms about how foreign adversaries could harness AI technologies to negatively affect the United States.

Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said in a speech last month that the administration’s multi-agency Disruptive Technology Strike Force would place AI enforcement at the top of its priority list. Wray told business leaders at an event last week that AI and other emerging technologies had made it easier for adversaries to try to interfere with the U.S. political process.

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A Federal Court judge has barred a Chinese engineering student from studying in Canada, over concerns the engineering student could be pressured by

Ottawa reaches deal with Google over controversial Online News Act

Ottawa has been locked in battle with U.S. tech giants Google and Meta over the sharing of Canadian news on their platforms

The Liberal government is hinting that it will take steps to limit how much money Canada’s publicly funded broadcaster can collect under Ottawa’s new revenue-sharing agreement with Google.

The agreement announced Wednesday requires Google to provide up to $100 million a year to Canadian news organizations whose content is featured on their sites, with each outlet’s share of the pie depending on how many full-time journalists they employ.

Under draft regulations laid out in the Online News Act, which will regulate the deal, CBC/Radio-Canada currently stands to collect the largest share, since they employ one-third of the journalistic workforce in Canada.

“I don’t think that CBC/Radio-Canada needs to leave with a third of the envelope, so we will address that in the final regulations that will be published soon before the coming-into-force of the law,” Pascale St-Onge said in French. 

Both the Opposition and Bloc Québécois have been critical of how much CBC/Radio-Canada stands to collect from the deal — as much as $33 million a year, according to Conservative MP Rachael Thomas, the official Opposition critic for Canadian Heritage. 

“Those local media outlets will receive very little, and possibly nothing at all. This bill has killed them,” said Thomas, who sits on the Canadian Heritage committee where St-Onge testified Thursday. 

“Big tech has colluded with big government to do away with news in this country. It will be less choice for Canadians and less access for Canadians. It’s a shame.”

Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet pointed to the revenues CBC/Radio-Canada already receives, including nearly $1.3 billion in the last fiscal year from government funding, plus advertising and subscriptions. 

“After a careful calculation I arrived to a huge

Google Fined $270 Million, in Part Over How It Trained Its AI

Google was hit with a roughly $270 million fine on Wednesday, in part over how it trained its AI.

French regulators say Google went back on its commitments tied to negotiating deals with news outlets in France for their content. The watchdog alleged Google used the journalists’ content without telling them in order to teach its AI chatbot Bard — now rebranded as Gemini.

Google had promised in a previous settlement to “negotiate in good faith based on transparent, objective and non-discriminatory criteria,” which the regulators referred to as “Commitment 1.”

The regulators said there are still legal questions related to the use of news content to train AI models, but “at the very least, the Autorité considers that Google breached Commitment 1 by failing to inform publishers of the use of their content for their Bard software.”

The regulators also said that Google failed to cooperate with a monitoring trustee installed as part of a previous settlement, didn’t negotiate in good faith, and didn’t provide complete revenue information to negotiating parties.

The California-based company was fined €250 million over the listed violations and did not dispute the facts, the French regulators said.

In a statement released Wednesday, Google said the fine was “not proportionate” to the allegations.

Google said it agreed to pay because it was “time to move on.”

In its statement, Google said it was focused on “the larger goal of sustainable approaches to connecting people with quality content and on working constructively with French publishers.”

“Throughout the last few years, we have been willing to discuss concerns from publishers or the FCA and that is still the case today,” Google wrote. “But it is now time for greater clarity on who and how we should be paying so that all parties can plan a course

Can You Make Money on Google News?

Okay, these days, people love easy money. I am not sure. Maybe they want easy money, and maybe they don’t, but the economy is hard, or are they too lazy? I don’t know. What I know is looking for this easy cash is harder and cannot be fit for these types of people as the infamous “Nothing comes easy.”

I joined Instagram recently, and I was scrolling through Reels (a habit I have formed over time in a short time since signing up, but I don’t really like it) in the past or the other week, I saw a video of a man claiming you can earn like $2,500 per day on Google News!

Wow! I was interested. I watched a little but scrolled past it. I never saved that short video because I was not serious, for I knew, almost automatically, that it must be a hoax – you know you should know these things – but I regret it.

I regret it because I don’t have that particular video to use right now as my point of reference when telling you how to forget about making any money on Google News. I needed to revisit it, watch it, and further explore the intricacies behind making quick money on this Google News; intricacies because these are the same people saying you can make money on AI whilst seated somewhere.

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Luckily, even though I can’t find that reel video on search, and someone should tell Mark Zuckerberg that the Instagram search engine has always been poor, and also can’t recall the name of its creator, I still remember the name of a certain website he mentioned in that video. I had a clue that it was “AARP.” I had researched about

Liberal Party press releases make a splash on Google News

Google News results for the search “Labor position nuclear”.

Google News results for the search “Labor position nuclear”.Credit: Calum Jaspan

On its support page, Google says it uses “automated systems” to compile its news index, saying it “algorithmically discovers news content through search technologies”.

Google plays a key role in the news ecosystem in Australia and globally. Google Search and News link people to publishers’ websites more than 24 billion times each month, the company says.

Its algorithm can be a deciding factor in a website’s traffic and its ability to drive revenue through advertising and subscriptions.

In 2021, the federal government implemented the news media bargaining code as a tool to bridge the power imbalance between digital platforms and news publishers.

Google says it is one of the world’s biggest financial supporters of journalism. In Australia, it directly contributes more than $135 million to news organisations through deals agreed as part of the bargaining code per year.

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At the start of March, Meta said it would not sign new deals with publishers when they expire later this year in a blow to the industry. The government can designate Meta under the code, however is yet to do so.

Conversely, Google says it is in the process of renegotiating the three-year commercial deals it signed in 2021.

According to web analytics company Similarweb, social media platforms such as Facebook and X (previously Twitter) have been tapering off news links since 2020. Referrals to news websites almost halved across the three years to October.

Harvard University’s Nieman Lab for Journalism reported in February that Google has tested removing its News tab from search results.

Search engine optimisation (SEO) is an online practice that allows publishers to target keywords that are relevant to a story in order to attain a higher ranking in Google’s search engine result pages.

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Google hit with $271M fine over Gemini AI tool copyright breach

France’s competition watchdog on Wednesday said it fined Alphabet’s Google $271.7 million for breaches linked to EU intellectual property rules in its relationship with media publishers, citing concerns about the company’s AI service.

The watchdog said Google’s AI-powered chatbot Bard — since rebranded under the name Gemini — was trained on content from publishers and news agencies, without notifying them.

Google has pledged not to contest the facts as part of settlement proceedings, the watchdog said, adding the company also proposed a series of remedy measures to certain shortcomings.


CEO Sundar Pichai discussing Gemini
The watchdog said Google’s AI-powered chatbot Bard was trained on content from publishers and news agencies, without notifying them. Google

Google said it accepted the settlement “because it is time to move on,” adding “we want to focus on the larger goal of sustainable approaches to connecting people with quality content and on working constructively with French publishers.”

The company said the fine was disproportionate, and said the watchdog had not sufficiently taken into account its efforts “in an environment where it’s very hard to set a course because we can’t predict which way the wind will blow next.”

The fine is linked to a copyright dispute in France over online content in a case triggered by complaints from some of the country’s biggest news organizations, including Agence France Presse (AFP).

The dispute appeared to be resolved in 2022 when the tech giant dropped its appeal against an initial 500 million euro fine issued at the end of a major investigation carried out by the Autorite de la Concurrence.

But in Wednesday’s statement, the watchdog said Google violated the terms of four out of seven commitments agreed in the settlement, including conducting negotiations with publishers in good faith and providing transparent information.

The watchdog in particular cited Google’s AI chatbot Bard,

Google apologizes after new Gemini AI refuses to show pictures, achievements of White people

The latest version of Google’s Gemini artificial intelligence (AI) will frequently produce images of Black, Native American and Asian people when prompted – but refuses to do the same for White people.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, Gemini Experiences Senior Director of Product Management Jack Krawczyk addressed the responses from the AI that had led social media users to voice concern.

“We’re working to improve these kinds of depictions immediately,” Krawczyk said. “Gemini’s AI image generation does generate a wide range of people. And that’s generally a good thing because people around the world use it. But it’s missing the mark here.”

Gemini, formerly known as Google Bard, is one of many multimodal large language models (LLMs) currently available to the public. As is the case with all LLMs, the human-like responses offered by these AIs can change from user to user. Based on contextual information, the language and tone of the prompter, and training data used to create the AI responses, each answer can be different even if the question is the same.

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Google Gemini AI refuses to show pictures of White people

Gemini’s senior director of product management at Google has issued an apology after the AI refused to provide images of White people.  ((Photo by Betul Abali/Anadolu via Getty Images) / Getty Images)

Fox News Digital tested Gemini multiple times to see what kind of responses it would offer. Each time, it provided similar answers. When the AI was asked to show a picture of a White person, Gemini said it could not fulfill the request because it “reinforces harmful stereotypes and generalizations about people based on their race.”

“It’s important to

Google Launches Gemini Business and Enterprise in Move To Raise Revenue From AI Tools

Key Takeaways

  • Alphabet’s Google is rolling out business and enterprise plans to use Gemini in Google Workspace, in a move that could help it better monetize its artificial intelligence tools. 
  • The business and enterprise plans could also help Google compete with rivals like Microsoft that offer premium versions of AI tools for businesses.
  • Google announced the launch of its Gemma family of open source AI models for developers as well, which could compete with Meta’s open source models and help Google gain new cloud users.

Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL) is rolling out new business and enterprise plans to use Gemini, its most power family of artificial intelligence (AI) models, in Google Workspace, in a move that could help the tech giant better monetize its AI tools. 

Google said in a blog post Wednesday that its Duet AI for Google Workspace offering AI integration with popular apps such as Docs and Gmail would become Gemini for Google Workspace going forward, with a lower-priced plan called Gemini Business available for $20 per user per month with an annual subscription. Gemini Enterprise, which Google said offers some additional features compared to Gemini Business such as translating closed captions and soon taking meeting notes, can be purchased for $30 per user per month with an annual commitment.

The launch comes not long after Google rebranded its Bard AI chatbot as Gemini earlier this month, released new mobile apps, and a premium subscription model of its Google One package. Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai had previously outlined plans to fully integrate Gemini into the company’s products and advertising in Alphabet’s earnings call in late January. 

The business and enterprise plans from Google could help it better compete with rivals like Microsoft (MSFT) and ChatGPT maker OpenAI, which offer their own premium subscriptions with AI tools