European Union Leaders Meet on Tax Avoidance
The forum was to focus on entities based in Europe, but it comes after the United States Senate found that Apple had reduced taxes by recording income in Ireland.
Tool Reveals iPad and iPhone User Locations
mask.of.sanity writes "A researcher has found that Apple user locations can be potentially determined by tapping into Apple Maps and he has created a Python tool to make the process easier. iSniff GPS accesses Apple's database of wireless access points, which is collected by iPhones and iPads that have GPS and Wi-Fi location services enabled. Apple uses this crowd-sourced data to run its location services; however, the location database is not meant to be public. You can download the tool via Giuthub."
EC Wades In On Connected TV, Cross-Border Content Regulation In New Green Paper
The European Commission believes that, alongside the rise of smartphones, tablets and other TV replacements, by 2016 connected TVs could be used in the majority of European homes — up from around 40.4 million today. Today it released a Green Paper to lay the groundwork for how it might cope with that. To be clear, this is not a re-writing of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, the basic set of rules first introduced in 2010 covering areas single-market convergence, although it could lead to that. Initially, the purpose of the Green Paper will be to get a better handle on an area that is rapidly changing with the boom in mobile broadband, the rise of tablets and video apps, those connected TVs and more. It’s part of Kroes’ wider Digital Agenda strategy, which has covered areas like addressing the digital divide, the role of regulation in childrens content, cybersecurity, tech brain drain and more. As part of the Green Paper, the EC seeks feedback on things like how TV is watched, ...
Apple Q2 '13 Intl Sales Were 56% Of Total Revenues; China Had “Best Quarter Ever” At $8.8B
Apple today posted Q2 earnings that beat estimates at $43.6 billion in sales that showed that while the Americas, led by the U.S., remains the company's single biggest market, Asia, led by sales in China, continues to show the strongest growth amidst weakened demand at home and in Europe. Overall, international revenues outside of the Americas were $24.3 billion, or 56% of the total for the quarter.
Google Fined $189K For ‘one of the biggest data' privacy violations in Germany
Google 1, Germany 0. German regulators were furious when it was found that Google’s street car was unintentionally collecting email, photos, and passwords from its citizens’ unprotected wi-fi networks–something Hamburg-based regulator, Johannes Caspar, called “one of the biggest data protection rules violations known.” Yet, regulators could only muster a financial hand slap of 145 Euros, or about 0.005% of the search giant’s annual profits. Regulators couldn’t find any “criminal” violations for the data-stealing misstep, and German law has a maximum ceiling of 150 Euros for privacy law negligence, according to Bloomberg. Between 2008-2010, Google’s street car, which photographs and maps cities with a 360 degree camera, had connected to home wifi networks and stole valuable data. Google chief privacy counsel, Peter Fleischer, claims it was unaware of the breach and did not use the sensitive information. Of course, not everyone in the Eastern Hemisphere has privacy ...