Apple has been ordered to repay €13 billion in tax by the EU

"It's important for everyone to understand that the allegation made in the EU is that Ireland gave us a special deal. Ireland denies that," Cook said. "The basic controversy at the root of this is, people really aren't arguing that Apple should pay more taxes. They're arguing about who they should be paid to. And so there's a tug of war going on between the countries of how you allocate profits."

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Save the date: iPhone 7 launch event confirmed for September 7

It's Wednesday, September 7, according to the official invite sent to TechRadar and other media outlets. We'll of course be there to bring you the news and the first hands on review of the smartphones.

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EC: Ireland granted undue tax benefits to Apple

The EC said the rulings endorsed a way to establish the taxable profits for two Irish incorporated companies of the Apple group (Apple Sales International and Apple Operations Europe), which did not correspond to economic reality: almost all sales profits recorded by the two companies were internally attributed to a 'head office'.

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Megaupload founder's extradition appeal to be livestreamed

This week, a New Zealand court began hearing Dotcom's appeal against the extradition, which is expected to last eight weeks. On the first day, Dotcom requested that he be allowed to live-stream the proceedings. After expressing irritation that the request had not been made in advance, High Court judge Justice Murray Gilbert granted permission, with a caveat that the stream be 20 minutes behind real-time.

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EU Commission: Apple must repay its $14.5b Irish tax break

"Member States cannot give tax benefits to selected companies – this is illegal under EU state aid rules. The Commission's investigation concluded that Ireland granted illegal tax benefits to Apple, which enabled it to pay substantially less tax than other businesses over many years," says Commissioner Margrethe Vestager. "In fact, this selective treatment allowed Apple to pay an effective corporate tax rate of 1 per cent on its European profits in 2003 down to 0.005 per cent in 2014."

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How Your Brain Makes Decisions When You Hate All Your Options

So whenever possible, it's useful to encourage yourself and your colleagues to consciously select an option rather than reject one. In their lives and careers, people reframe decisions all the time—with a little deliberate thought, it isn't difficult to do. But it can make a huge difference not just in how you ultimately decide but how you feel about your decision later.

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Zuckerberg meets with The Pope, offers him a drone

Following the devastating earthquake that hit Italy last week, Zuckerberg discussed the importance of connecting people around the world without internet access. He spoke on his admiration of The Pope’s mercy, tenderness and progressive views on technology, especially as they pertain to communicating with people of every faith around the globe.

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'This War of Mine' studio reveals a dystopian steampunk PC game

Frostpunk has strategy and management features, but it's ultimately a game about making decisions and questioning morality. The studio aims to make Frostpunk 's steampunk characteristics believable, which is one reason developers gravitated toward the idea of a frozen planet -- it's logical that humans would want to surround themselves with the warmth of steam engines in such a cold environment. This narrative decision bleeds into the game's art style, where the remnants of civilization are presented in warm tones and nature is a cold palette.

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Apple ordered to pay £11bn after European Union tax investigation

A pple has been ordered to pay €13bn (£11bn) in unpaid taxes to the Irish government after the European Commission ruled that it had received illegal state aid.

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Apple should repay Ireland €13bn, European Commission rules - BBC News

Ireland should recover up to €13bn (£11bn) from Apple in back taxes, the European Commission rules.

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New York subway is offering free ebooks (and Wi-Fi) for your commute

As The Digital Reader notes, even Governor Cuomo is in on the fun. “New York’s transportation network must continue adapting to the changing needs of its ridership and a key part of that is delivering the amenities that have become essential components of everyday life,” he said. “Bringing Wi-Fi into underground stations helps riders stay connected throughout their commute, allowing them to check in with friends or family and access news or entertainment. We’ve made tremendous progress in modernizing the system and Subway Reads is a fun way to introduce riders to the new Wi-Fi experience.”‎

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Sri Lanka teen hacks president's website to postpone exams, gets arrested

As the  BBC reports , the official website of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena was hacked on Thursday and Friday last week by a group that calls itself Sri Lankan Youth. The group posted a message on Thursday demanding that April's final exams be delayed, and called on the president to "take care of the security of Sri Lankan websites or... face a cyber war." The group also demanded Sirisena "stop the prime minister's irresponsible work and look more into the problems of the university students." The message was taken down, but the site was hacked again shortly afterward.

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Facebook’s Trending Topics algorithm already screwed up

Facebook justified its decision to eliminate human editors last week by saying that the move was necessary in order to scale Trending topics to a broader audience. However, the company is learning a swift lesson in quality over quantity. The majority of Facebook users aren’t fact-checkers or journalists, as a quick scroll through your own Newsfeed will readily confirm. Surfacing stories based on how often users post about them is a surefire way to make clickbait trend — something Facebook’s new anti-clickbait algorithm supposedly guards against. However, Trending’s reliance on clicks and re-shares in this case makes Facebook’s once-helpful news module far less useful for everyone.

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Apple claims the European Commission is trying to “rewrite Apple’s history in Europe”

Apple has long insisted that it isn't breaking any laws by keeping billions in profits in Irish accounts. CEO Tim Cook has said Apple refuses to "repatriate" the profits to the U.S. because the 35% U.S. tax rate is too high. In Ireland, Apple is said to pay less than 2% on its profits as part of a special arrangement with the Irish government (normal corporate tax rate in the Emerald Isle is 12.5%).

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Apple might finally refresh its MacBook lineup, and in a big way

Bloomberg's report also claims Apple plans to update its iPad software with new features aimed at professional users. This might include an update to the Apple Pencil, as well as an option for users to annotate objects in many apps across the whole OS. Furthermore, the company plans to launch a new version of the iPad Pro, with a 10.5-inch screen size. All that, however, is not coming until next year.

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Need a phone or a refrigerator? Here's where you'll find it

IFA, which stand for Internationale Funkausstellung (or "Berlin Radio Show"), is also an old event, dating all the way back to 1924 (radios are no longer a star attraction). It also has a mascot, the scarlet-haired Miss IFA , and unlike CES or Mobile World Congress , it's open to the public. But before Berlin's convention center opens to the masses on Friday, a CNET team will be on the ground in the German capital to bring you the top IFA news as it happens. Here's the scoop on what's to come this week.

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Europe hits Apple with $14.6 billion tax bill

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Five Last-Minute Tips Improve the Fit of a Baggy Shirt

If you have a shirt you like, but isn’t a perfect fit, there are a few ways to make it look and fit a little better before you can get it tailored or adjusted. Here are five (well, four and a gag) that work well in every situation.

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Your Garbage Data Is A Gold Mine

Say, for example, you are interested in the seasonal profitability of supermarkets over time. Foot traffic data may not be the cause of profitability, as more store visitors doesn’t necessarily correlate directly to profit or even sales. But it may be statistically related to volume of sales and so may be one useful clue, just as body temperature is a good clue or one signal to a person’s overall well-being. And when combined with massive amounts of other signals using data analytics techniques, this can provide valuable new insights.

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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Definitive Experience Officially Announced - IGN

Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience will be released on October 11 in the US and October 13 in the UK for PS4, Xbox One and on PC via Steam. It will retail at $49.99/€39.99/£34.99.

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65-year-old woman says she took out drone with just one shot

For Youngman, a 65-year-old resident of Fauquier County, Virginia, says she was ready when the drone drifted over the house of her neighbor -- Hollywood actor Robert Duvall -- and then over hers.

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20 Content Marketing Resources to Bookmark ASAP

When you’ve taken care of the big projects like building a team and creating a content strategy, the real work begins. And that starts with nailing down some topics to create content about. And then coming up with more topics, and then more topics, and then more, because content marketing is a long game.

23
Six Scientists Just Emerged from a Dome After a Year Simulating Life on Mars

“Given what it takes to keep people alive in the void—to keep them healthy on Mars for just a year—I can basically promise that by going to space we’ll learn what it takes to keep people healthy in places with heat, light, and gravity," one crew member, Sheyna Gifford, wrote in a post . "We’ve already started."

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Google's new app asks for your help to improve its tools

Of course, if Google wants people to stick with Crowdsource, it’ll have to do more than just hand out virtual trophies. The company says that the app isn’t actually finished yet and that it’s “thinking through incentives” now.

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Future iPhones may have new displays even better than OLED

Wang Jyh-chau, CEO of LCD maker Innolux, notes that “OLED cannot replace LCD in terms of performance-cost ratio and reliability,” and that while OLED makes sense for the 2017 iPhone, Apple likely won’t want to hold on to the technology for long – especially given Samsung might have difficulty manufacturing OLED screens for both Apple and its own products.

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See 'Avengers' reimagined as the TV sitcom 'Full House'

Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Bruce Banner, Hawkeye, and Scarlet Witch get recast as various members of the Tanner household in this cleverly-edited parody video.

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This Aquanaut Is Defining the Next Era of Spaceflight

NEEMO is the latest in a series of NASA-operated missions designed to inform spaceflight. (Another, the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, finishes a year-long program this week.) “We have great simulators at NASA, and they’re really good at teaching procedures,” says Bill Todd, who has been a spaceflight trainer for NASA since 1986 and founded NEEMO in 2000. “But the reality is, when it’s over, you go home and back to your family. You’re not learning how to live for extended periods of time in an isolated extreme environment.”

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PewResearch Internet on Twitter

From 2013 to 2015, # of black adults with home broadband has fallen by 8-percentage points http://pewrsr.ch/1V1RfRl  pic.twitter.com/Xubsh2OYMo

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FPGAs and Deep Machine Learning

The concept of machine learning is not new. Attempts at systems emulating intelligent behavior, like expert systems, go as far back as the early 1980’s.

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Apple who? Chinese consumers love these homegrown brands more

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Samsung took its logo off Japan's Galaxy Note 7 and it looks terrific

Some are speculating that the company is taking its name off products in Japan due to the country's increasingly difficult relationship with South Korea.

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CloudFlare, SSL and unhealthy security absolutism

To begin with, what does it actually say? Ideally, you don't want a vendor-specific header talking about what CloudFlare does so you need to create a spec that's more agnostic. You could possibly indicate if the node that's done the TLS termination is relaying traffic over another encrypted connection (and then whether it's "Full" or "Strict"), but what happens after that? What if there are multiple points of encryption / decryption due to various caching layers or other app design decisions? What if termination occurs in a network other than the one hosting the origin? Or in the same network but some traffic flows in the clear to the web server after termination?

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Cursed Images Is the Last Twitter Account You See Before You Die

Spend enough time scrolling through social media and you’ll find one: A photo that’s too strange to just be “creepy,” too puzzling to just be “mysterious,” too sinister to just be “weird.” That, my friends, is an image that’s been cursed.

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Apple gets slapped with $14.5B tax bill

Apple is one of many US technology companies that have benefited from stashing its cash overseas. It lets the companies avoid paying hefty taxes they could face by bringing the cash back to the US. In Apple's case, it reached a deal with Ireland to locate much of its earnings in the country in return for hiring in the country. That deal let Apple pay a much smaller tax rate than the 35 percent level in the US. Apple currently keeps more than 90 percent of its cash overseas.

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Brazilian artist makes history feel like the present with beautiful colorized photos

Amaral was studying International Relations in college when she was introduced to colorization through a history forum. A year and a half ago, she began to create her own. Gradually the projects became a bigger part of her life, so she left school to dedicate herself full-time to her craft. She now spends her days doing commission requests (the most common being family photos and portraits, as one might guess) and working on bigger projects, like a partnership with a Swedish museum in the restoration of photos of locomotives.

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ReadWrite on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

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Recapalypse now

Over the last couple of years of boom times for venture capital-backed startups, round sizes ballooned and valuations filled with all that hot air. Valuations of new financings have started declining significantly since the beginning of the year, leaving a number of companies hanging on precariously high in the air without solid ground beneath them.

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Why Your Eyes Look Red in Photos and How to Prevent It

Nothing like a jarring pair of glowing red eyeballs to ruin the perfect shot. And while it’s a simple enough correction, SciShow explains why it happens in the first place and what you can do to prevent it.

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Lawsuit claims Apple iPhone 6 screens unresponsive, because I guess that matters

Apple has long insisted that it isn't breaking any laws by keeping billions in profits in Irish accounts. CEO Tim Cook has said Apple refuses to "repatriate" the profits to the U.S. because the 35% U.S. tax rate is too high. In Ireland, Apple is said to pay less than 2% on its profits as part of a special arrangement with the Irish government (normal corporate tax rate in the Emerald Isle is 12.5%).

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Forbes Tech News on Twitter

Use these 6 clever productivity apps to get jazzed about work again http://on.forbes.com/6011BNhvv  pic.twitter.com/MCxi4fpEan

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T-Mobile ONE backtracks on tethering and HD video limitations

While we still take issue with the lack of any full-speed tethering or HD video capabilities included by default, today’s updates are a much better option than hot mess T-Mobile introduced a few weeks ago. Having to toggle on HD videos will be a bit of a pain, but it’s arguably a reasonable compromise considering all the people who watch load HD video on their phones but don’t actually care about it or even notice a difference.

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Apple faces $14.5 billion tax bill after EU rules its Irish scheme illegal

“Member States cannot give tax benefits to selected companies – this is illegal under EU state aid rules,” she said in a statement . “The Commission’s investigation concluded that Ireland granted illegal tax benefits to Apple, which enabled it to pay substantially less tax than other businesses over many years. In fact, this selective treatment allowed Apple to pay an effective corporate tax rate of 1 per cent on its European profits in 2003 down to 0.005 per cent in 2014.”

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Gigaom on Twitter

#Gigaom Webinar: Migrating Big Data to Cloud Benefits & tools for cloud deployment Register http://bit.ly/2by6mDP  pic.twitter.com/ndkWGR0TDV

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UC Berkeley launches Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence

Russell, who recently wrote an optimistic article titled “ Will They Make Us Better People? ,” summed it up this way: “In the process of figuring out what values robots should optimize, we are making explicit the idealization of ourselves as humans. As we envision AI aligned with human values, that process might cause us to think more about how we ourselves really should behave, and we might learn that we have more in common with people of other cultures than we think.”

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Here's how to get a refund if you bought the PC version of 'No Man's Sky'

No Man’s Sky (NMS) is a truly remarkable game with untold potential. Sadly, it only gives you the warm and fuzzies for the first few hours. Soon after, the excitement wears off. What replaces it is a feeling of repetition as you explore a different-looking planet and ultimately find the same things.

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Your dog understands what you say and how you say it

They tried speaking praise in both a neutral and praising tone, and neutral words in both a neutral and praising tone. The fMRI data revealed that dogs do actually process vocabulary and can recognise individual words using the left hemisphere of the brain, the same as humans. The team also monitored the brain's reward centre, and found that the dogs responded best to praise words in a praising tone.

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You Too Can Invest In Lawsuits. But Not Quite Like Peter Thiel

Expanding this niche industry to more players, Steinitz says, does mean more potential for abuse. But there are safeguards in the system to prevent this. The Gawker case was something different. It was an outlier in the world of litigation finance, says Bradley Wendel, a law professor at Cornell University. It doesn’t make financial sense for a company like Legalist to go after a Gawker just for the sake of going after a Gawker. Legalist, LexShares, and Trial Funder have a fiduciary obligation to shareholders. They can’t waste money on personal vendettas, unlike Peter Thiel.

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https://gigaom.com/event/migrating-your-big-data-infrastructure-to-the-cloud/

Gigaom analyst William McKnight will be joined by experts from Qubole and WANdisco, who will explain the benefits of moving to the cloud and review the tools available for cloud migration and hybrid cloud deployments.

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The tech wonderland of “Halt and Catch Fire’s” 1986 sets

Last spring, when AMC's period tech-industry drama Halt and Catch Fire was filming its third season in Atlanta, I got to drop in, observe an episode in the making, and explore the show's recreation of San Francisco in 1986, which spans multiple ambitious sets. I wrote about the experience at great length  for a feature we posted this weekend, but it was such a geeky delight that I could go on and on.

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52 Sony's stylish e-ink watch is back, this time with more designs
53 Hackers targeted voter registration systems in Arizona and Illinois
54 5 Unusual Tips to Improve Your SEO With Social Media : Social Media Examiner
55 Apple under attack from Australia's biggest banks over Apple Pay
56 Want Brand Loyalty? Be Personal & Relevant (Infographic)
57 This Mathematician Says Big Data Punishes Poor People
58 Woman Calls Cops And Says Pokemon Are Trying 'To Get Into Her Home'
59 Fitbit has cool new hardware, but didn't fix its biggest problem
60 Where Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump Stand On Immigration
61 Which Oven Rack to Use, Depending on What You’re Baking
62 Here are the (alleged) specs for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
63 falvaro/seshat
64 What Killed the Jingle?
65 Facebook Recommended That This Psychiatrist's Patients Friend Each Other
66 An Arduino-Based Home Weather Station Built with Arduino, Elasticsearch, and Kibana
67 iPhone 7: No headphone jack, no problem
68 Mark Zuckerberg built an AI that controls his house, and he'll demo it next month
69 What Gives With Insects Pretending to Be Sticks and Leaves?
70 Behind The Scenes At The Most Ambitious Man Build In Burning Man History
71 Retail's secret weapon: high-tech heat maps
72 Fitbit unveils Charge 2, Flex 2, Fitbit Adventures and updates to Blaze
73 The Future Of Bitcoin Isn't Bitcoin--It's Bigger Than That
74 3D-print your own bones from everyone’s favorite fossil, Lucy
75 Meet The Most Advanced Solar Powered Speaker In The World
76 Adieu, Chromebook Pixel 2
77 Why We Hate Words Like "Moist," the Oldest Hotels in America, and the Best Film Scores of the Century
78 Apple linked to 'AirPods,' unannounced iPhone & Apple Watch models in Eurasian regulatory filing
79 Forbes Tech News on Twitter
80 Madden 17 developers are trying to ruin my life and these glitches prove it
81 Apple sends invites for September 7: iPhone 7, Apple Watch 2 most likely on tap
82 You Can Design A Happier Office Culture. Here's How
83 A new human-led epoch: Scientists recommend officially declaring 'a new age of man'
84 Apple's non-iPhone plans reportedly include new MacBooks and iPad enhancements
85 Snapchat just released an 8-bit marketing campaign disguised as a video game
86 Dyslexic Designers Just Think Different—Maybe Even Better
87 UPDATED: Justin Bieber Claims Return to Instagram ‘an Accident’
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89 Here are all the new emojis coming with iOS 10
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91 Smart washing machine filters its water for a gentle clean
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95 NASA’s year-long Mars simulation on Hawaii ends
96 Boeing’s new 3D-printed tool for making wings is so large it’s set a Guinness World Record
97 EpiPen maker caves in to social media pressure, drops price by 50%
98 Let this dishwasher do the heavy lifting
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100 Facebook will soon allow users to activate Safety Check during emergencies