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Microsoft Backs Australian Plan to Make Google Pay for News

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Microsoft Backs Australian Plan to Make Google Pay for News

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Microsoft said on Wednesday it supports Australia’s plans to make the biggest digital platforms pay for news and would help small businesses transfer their advertising to Bing if Google quits the country. Microsoft has been positioning itself to increase market share for its search engine Bing after a Google executive told a Senate hearing last month that it would likely make its search engine unavailable in Australia if the government goes ahead with a draft law that would make tech giants pay for news content. Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a statement that he and Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella had told Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher in an online meeting last week that “Microsoft fully supports” the so-called News Media Bargaining Code. Morrison this week confirmed he had spoken to Nadella about Bing replacing Google in Australia. “I can tell …

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