Sunday 24th of March 2019

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Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp wants Australia to break up Alphabet-owned Google.

In a report submitted to the country’s competition watchdog, the media group’s Australian unit wrote the U.S. tech giant wields “overwhelming market power,” calling it the “most important gateway to the internet” and a vital platform for digital advertisements.

“Google leverages its market power in both general search services and ad tech services to the detriment of consumers, advertisers and news publishers,” News Corp wrote in its submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Among a list of recommendations News Corp proposed to the competition watchdog for tackling the “harm” caused by digital platforms, it said Google should be made to sell off a part of its business.

“To remedy these harms, Google could either sell Google Search, or retain Google Search and divest the rest of its businesses to a third party,” the report said. News Corp owns several big news publications including The Wall Street Journal and The Times newspaper in the U.K.

Even if the government in Canberra were to take News Corp’s suggestion, it was not immediately clear how Australia could force the American tech giant to break up.

Google did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment on Tuesday.


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Netizens from all parts of the world have taken to Twitter to complain about their inability to log on to Instagram or Facebook, as both social media networks have been down with an unknown technical glitch for more than 10 hours.

In what is believed to be the longest outage ever suffered by Facebook and Instagram, which is also owned by the social media giant, users either have been unable to access the platforms, or use certain essential functions such as leaving comments or uploading photos.


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