The veteran tech giant has waded into the war between Facebook, Google and the Australian government – and may emerge the ultimate victor.
And with Facebook considering an 'amputation' it's all getting pretty ugly.
The extraordinary adventure that is Australia’s attempt to make Facebook and Google pay for news has reached its climax.
Facebook's threat to pull out of news in Australia is the latest salvo in an increasingly bitter battle over who owns the news – and who should fund its production.
Hal Crawford is the head of news at Mediaworks, owners of Three and RadioLive. He has been here for two years and still has no idea why our TV is such an absolute mess.