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Quantas will pay out AU$20 million between more than 86,000 customers who booked tickets on the so-called "ghost flights" and pay an AU$100 million fine instead of defending the lawsuit that it had previously vowed to fight.
BUSINESS / Companies
May 6, 2024
Australia's Qantas to pay $79 million to settle flight cancellation case
The fine is the biggest ever for an Australian airline and among the largest globally in the sector.
Canada has become ground zero for Facebook's battle with governments regarding laws that force internet giants to pay media companies for links to news published on their platforms.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 15, 2024
When Facebook blocks news, studies show the political risks that follow
The blocking of news links has led to changes in the way Canadian Facebook users engage with information about politics, two unpublished studies found.
The central business district in Melbourne in 2016
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 2, 2023
Australians fight for the right to work from home permanently
While remote work spells pain for investors in bricks and mortar, employees can only see benefits: "It just helps get through life a little bit easier."
Japan Times
WORLD / ANALYSIS
Sep 29, 2022
Slots to smartphones: Pandemic sends Australia's gambling problem online
Already the world's biggest gambling nation in terms of loss per person, Australia has seen a shift in betting behavior since the pandemic-forced closure of public venues.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
May 12, 2022
Australia's #MeToo movement puts miners and ministers in crosshairs of history
Over the past 18 months, thousands of women have exposed a culture of bullying and abuse in mining, provoking public outrage and pledges of decisive action from politicians and executives.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 27, 2021
Australia puts website accused of fake journalists on register for payment by Facebook and Google
Until recently, the News Cop site credited reporters with accompanying pictures that appear to have been faked, according to two experts.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / ANALYSIS
May 5, 2019
Despite data scandals, Australian parties get free rein to gather personal info on voters
Australian political parties are using voter email addresses to find matching social media profiles and combining them with the country's compulsory electoral roll data, illustrating how privacy scandals have done little to slow the march of data-driven campaigning.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / FOCUS
Apr 4, 2019
As Australia agonizes over accused mosque gunman, new clues of Tarrant's ties to far right groups emerge
From its clubhouses in Melbourne and Sydney, the Lads Society promotes drug-free living and exercise — and "white resistance" and Islamophobia, according to online statements and interviews with two of its leaders.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Mar 3, 2017
Bitcoin 'creator' races to patent technology with gambling tycoon
The man who last year made global headlines by claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of bitcoin, is working with a fugitive online gambling entrepreneur to file scores of patents relating to the digital currency and its underlying technology, blockchain.
BUSINESS / Tech
Dec 9, 2015
Police raid Sydney home of alleged bitcoin mastermind
Australian police raided the Sydney home and office on Wednesday of a man named by Wired magazine as the probable creator of bitcoin and holder of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the cryptocurrency, witnesses said.

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Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals