As Australians suffer through a recession, taxpayers are funding some big pay packets.
Each small step towards regulation makes possible a future that seemed unimaginable just a year ago.
Big tech and old media have hunkered down for a fight. Will we see fireworks, or will the whole thing just blow over?
Facebook is playing hardball with Australia after the ACCC proposed making tech giants pay news organisations.
The ACCC has decided to allow Rex and Qantas to work together to 'coordinate' their flight schedules and enter into agreements to 'share revenue'. But can the airlines be trusted to behave in the spirit of the proposed authorisation?
The government has unveiled its new code of conduct that will force tech companies to pay news organisations for their content. But there'll be no money for the public broadcasters.
Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple are staring down the barrel of new regulation both here and in the US. But don't expect them to go down without a fight.
The ACCC threatened to intervene during the abandonment of the AAP, so why the silence on the Murdochs' shuttering of hundreds of regional papers?