• Australia competition watchdog on Google and media bargaining code

    An employee passes the Google logo.

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    SINGAPORE — The head of Australia’s competition watchdog says Australia won’t want to see Google leave, but if the tech company decides to exit the country because it is unable to reach an agreement with the government, it has to be “their call.”

    A media bill was introduced in parliament last year that would require digital platforms to pay local media outlets and publishers to link to their content. If the tech companies and publishers cannot reach an agreement, a government-appointed panel will decide on the price.

    Google last month threatened