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Australia closer to passing watershed Google, Facebook laws

By Colin Packham

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia’s lawmakers on Tuesday inched closer to passing landmark laws that would force Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to pay news outlets for content and could set a precedent for tighter regulation in other nations.

The country is on course to become the first to introduce laws that challenge big technology firms’ dominance in the news content market, with Canada and Britain considering similar moves.

Under a global spotlight, Australian senators…

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