Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.
Google has had a contentious relationship with the Australian government in 2021, with the Silicon Valley giant at one point threatenening to pull Google Search from the country. A much more concilliatory note was struck on Monday night (Tuesday morning Australia time), when Google announced it was investing $740 million (AU$1 billion) in Australia’s digital infrastructure over the next five years.
“We want to help Australia shape the next wave of innovations,” said Sundar Pichai in a pre-recorded video statement announcing the investment. He said the money will go toward further developing Australia’s cloud infrastructure, to create Google’s first research hub Down Under and to establish local partnerships that tackle local and global issues like clean energy production and finding ways to protect the Great Barrier Reef.
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