Facebook cuts off news-sharing in Australia – TechCrunch

Facebook plays hardball in Australia, with Epic Games expanding its fight against Apple and New York Attorney General Sue Amazon. This is your daily crunch for February 17, 2021.

Big story: Facebook stops sharing news in Australia

In response to a proposed law forcing Internet publishers to pay directly to Internet platforms, Facebook announced today Australian users will not be able to share or view news links.

In its post, Facebook expressed a direct contradiction with another major company targeted by the law, in which William Easton Easton, director for Facebook Australia and New Zealand, wrote, “Google is inextricably linked with search news and publishers are content with their content.” Do not voluntarily provide. On the other hand, publishers choose to post news on Facebook voluntarily, as it allows them to sell more subscriptions, increase their audience and increase advertising revenue. “

Tech giants

Epic Games takes battle of its Apple App Store in Europe – The company making Fortnite has filed a complaint with the block’s antitrust regulators.

NY AG sues Amazon for treating warehouse workers – The suit alleges that Amazon failed to provide adequate health and safety measures at the two facilities in New York, and that it illegally disciplined and fired the complaining employees.

Google Maps users can now pay parking or their transit fares from the app itself – It is part of an extended partnership with transportation software companies Passport and Parkmobile.

Startup, Funding and Venture Capital

Locus Robotics Raises $ 150M Series E – Round Robotics values ​​the company at $ 1 billion.

SpaceX reportedly raised $ 850M in new funding – This is a huge round by most standards, but not by SpaceX.

Jet co-founder Nate is building a more sustainable e-commerce experience with Faust Olive – Faust said that it is “crazy” that 25 years after the e-commerce industry started, it still relies on “single-use, one-way packaging”.

Additional crisis advice and analysis

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