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Australia to require Facebook and Google to pay for news

The royalty-style licensing system will be open to media companies that create, publish and serve an Australian audience, and are subject to professional editorial standards and editorial independence with revenue exceeding A$150,000 per year. Notably, Australia’s public broadcasters are excluded from the program. The treasurer will decide which companies will be required to comply with the code, but has already decided to include Facebook and Google. Both companies argue that they deliver traffic to news sites, which they claim contributes to more than A$400 million combined in revenue to those publishers. (The Guardian)

Three charged in Twitter hack, including teens in Florida and the U.K.

Seventeen-year-old Graham Clark of Tampa faces 30 felony charges for "scamming people across America" in the security breach, which saw the accounts of high-profile users like Elon Musk and Kim Kardashian used to solicit Bitcoin contributions from their followers. Mason Sheppard, 19, of Bognor Regis in the U.K. and Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando, Fla., were also charged. (The Logic, WFLA)