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Google and other tech companies have come under fire for exploiting a common tax loophole to book revenues through their Irish subsidiaries, but today The Sunday Times is reporting that a former Google UK executive has evidence of further tax avoidance by his one-time employer. Barney Jones worked for Google between 2002 and 2006 and says that during his time at the company, Google relied almost exclusively on its UK sales staff to secure advertising deals in London, effectively closing deals there rather than in Dublin, where it booked the revenues. Google VP Matt Brittin had previously testified to the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that “nobody” at Google’s UK office was selling Google advertising, last week revising his… Continue reading…
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Former Google UK exec alleges company misrepresented sales to avoid paying taxes
It’s easy to miss the Google TV booth here at I/O 2013, hidden in the corner of the third floor. That may not be an accident: there was apparently no room in the company’s sprawling three-and-a-half-hour keynote to mention Google TV, either, just a short blog post hours later announcing that it now runs the latest version of Android . So in a sea of new products, services, and pitches to developers, we couldn’t help but wonder: is TV dead? Google has killed plenty of products with many more fans than Google TV — will it go the way of Reader ? Continue reading…
Google TV: silent but not forgotten at I/O 2013
Amazon is still determined to snag every TV exclusive possible , and it just scored one of its better deals — or at least, one of the more forward-thinking. It now has the sole unlimited subscription streaming rights to the previous seasons of five NBCUniversal shows. The highlight could be Hannibal , which will reach the service later this year; gamers may also like the crossover SyFy series Defiance , which should be ready in early 2014. Those who just can’t wait to stream something will get their fill through exclusives for Covert Affairs , Grimm and Suits , all of which are in the catalog today.
From a 2009 Southern Poverty Law Center report, David Arenberg describes his life as a Jewish guy inside a heavily racially segregated state prison where he faces violence and even death if he doesn’t eat with the Aryan Brotherhood. Arenberg uses the essay to jump into a harrowing view into the rise of serious, politicized
Looking to save some coin on your tech purchases? Of course you are! In this roundup, we’ll run down a list of the freshest frugal buys, hand-picked with the help of the folks at Slickdeals . You’ll want to act fast, though, as many of these offerings won’t stick around long. Thinking about taking a workstation on the road
Last week, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced an exclusive deal to offer Saturday Night Live’s clip library online, but it turns out that was just the tip of the content iceberg. Today, Yahoo is revealing a slew of new programming deals that run the gamut from partnerships with ABC News and WWE wrestling to new original programming including a John Stamos comedy about celebrities losing their virginity. First, the partnerships. The biggest news is Yahoo’s deal with WWE, which gives it exclusive access to archives of historic wrestling matches, shows, highlights, and other content. There will be two new weekly series produced exclusively for Yahoo, as well as a 30-minute pre-show for Monday Night Raw and pre-show content for every WWE…
Additional reporting by Greg Sandoval Ten years ago this month, a music sector ravaged by Napster and largely ignorant of digital distribution found a savior of sorts in what was then called the iTunes Music Store. With its 99-cent unbundled songs, the service quickly became the only significant source for acquiring music legally online. With iTunes, Apple had drawn the blueprint for distributing music, movies, books, and apps over the web. By supplying and tying together a music player, online store, and song-mangement software, Apple drastically simplified the entire music experience, defying the odds to build a music-retailing dynasty even as file sharing skyrocketed
Eric Schmidt may have stepped down as Google CEO in 2011, but he hasn’t been any less vocal in his current role as executive chairman. Schmidt is known for his outspoken views and often provocative statements on just about everything in the technology world — follow this StoryStream to keep track of them all. Continue reading…
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A social media analytics company has won access to Twitter’s data after the social network attempted to cut it off, an outcome that may come as a surprise to third-party developers who feel jerked around by Twitter’s capriciousness when it comes to data access. Twitter finalized an out-of-court settlement today with PeopleBrowsr, the parent company of social influence startup Kred, which will receive access to Twitter’s “firehose” of data for the rest of the year. “We’re excited, we’re ecstatic,” PeopleBrowsr CEO Andrew Grill told The Verge . “It’ll be business as usual for our clients.” At the time, Twitter dismissed the suit as preposterous PeopleBrowsr sued Twitter in November , alleging that shutting off the data connection violated…
Saturday Night Live is coming to Yahoo. CEO Marissa Mayer announced today that the series’s entire 38-year back catalog will be available through Yahoo thanks to a new exclusive deal with Broadway Video. The content includes dress rehearsal footage and other extras, and will be available across Yahoo’s sites beginning September 1st, according to a press release posted by Engadget . The terms of the deal state that SNL’s archives will be pulled from other streaming services (i.e., Hulu and Netflix) for one year, and Yahoo will also get non-exclusive distribution rights to show clips outside of the US. Yahoo has been on a roll lately, acquiring new talent and disposing of old products as management tries to re-invent the company…
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Yahoo signs exclusive deal for ‘Saturday Night Live’ back catalog (update)
America’s third-largest carrier has posted yet another quarterly net loss. Its Q1 2013 results reveal a $643 million net loss on $8.79 billion revenue. It wasn’t all bad news for the company, however, as it managed to generate a positive operating revenue of $29 million. The company sold 5 million smartphones over the quarter, 1.5 million of which were iPhones, and managed to add just 23,000 postpaid subscribers to its network — a 91 percent drop in additions year-over-year. When added to the continuing exodus of Nextel customers — 572,000 postpaid customers left the soon-to-be-defunct network, and only 263,000 re-signed with Sprint — it’s clear that Sprint’s customer base continues to dwindle
Swype is finally making its Android keyboard available on the Google Play store for easier downloading and installation. It’s the first time that Swype can be easily installed — previously the keyboard had required a user to sign up for a Beta and uncheck the “unknown sources” box deep within Android’s settings. The keyboard will cost $0.99 “for a limited time,” though there’s no word yet on how long that will last nor what the price will be after it’s over. It’s an aggressive move from Nuance, which purchased Swype in October of 2011 . First, it’s cheaper than its main competitor, SwiftKey, by three bucks
A friend of mine has a very bleak assessment of Game of Thrones: If you love a character, they’ll die unfulfilled. If you hate a character, you’ll come to learn how they became so hateful and start to love them, and then they try to redeem themselves and die unfulfilled. It’s not quite like that,
Thursday was meant to be the day that the TSA started allowing passengers to bring small knives on board airplanes , but the controversial policy has suffered a setback. Today the agency said that it is delaying the introduction of the rules in order to assess feedback from the Aviation Security Advisory Committee, which includes law enforcement, consumer, and aviation industry representatives. The decision to delay appears to have been sudden; no new date was set for the policy’s debut, and on Wednesday a TSA spokesperson told the LA Times that the rollout would be unaffected by the Boston bombings. Last month’s announcement of the policy sparked criticism from several quarters ; the Flight Attendants Union Coalition called the new rules..
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Controversial knives-on-planes policy delayed by TSA
Looking to save some coin on your tech purchases? Of course you are! In this round-up, we’ll run down a list of the freshest frugal buys, hand-picked with the help of the folks at Slickdeals . You’ll want to act fast, though, as many of these offerings won’t stick around long.
Get ready to say goodbye to another another batch of Yahoo products at the end of this month. As the company continues to streamline and focus its services, March 31st will be the last day of stand-alone existence for Upcoming, Yahoo Deals, Yahoo Kids, Yahoo SMS Alerts, Yahoo Mail and Messages for feature phones. Noting an aim to slim down to roughly 15 offerings from 75, as The Register points out, this follows a few weeks after the company nixed other services like its BlackBerry app. Additionally, if you’ve been hanging onto the old version of Yahoo! mail, you’ll have no choice but to switch to the new version by June 3rd
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Yahoo axing seven more apps and services as part of streamlining effort
Get ready to say goodbye to another another batch of Yahoo products at the end of this month. As the company continues to streamline and focus its services, March 31st will be the last day of stand-alone existence for Upcoming, Yahoo Deals, Yahoo Kids, Yahoo SMS Alerts, Yahoo Mail and Messages for feature phones. Noting an aim to slim down to roughly 15 offerings from 75, as The Register points out, this follows a few weeks after the company nixed other services like its BlackBerry app. Additionally, if you’ve been hanging onto the old version of Yahoo Mail, you’ll have no choice but to switch to the new version by June 3rd. There’s not word on what we can expect next, although EVP of Platforms Jay Rossiter notes that cuts like these are needed so it can focus on more experiences like its new Mail and Weather apps .
As a Boston police manhunt took shape early this morning, Twitter feeds and Reddit threads were full of reporters and civilians tracking the events. Many people were using police scanners and apps that made Boston’s police frequencies accessible on the web. For those who knew where to tune in, these frequencies provided incredible drama. A shootout took place in real time. Those listening to the scanners were able to hear it all unfold.
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Why are police scanners open to the public?
Traditionally, Yahoo has let failed initiatives wither and die on the vine, but today the company’s pulling a Google instead: it’s publicly shutting down several projects all at the same time, in order to focus on other efforts. Citing the new Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Weather mobile apps as examples of the apps the company wants to build instead, Yahoo is shutting down Deals, Yahoo Upcoming (and its API), Yahoo Kids, Yahoo SMS Alerts, the J2ME feature phone versions of Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Messenger, all on April 30th. Older versions of the web-based Yahoo Mail will also disappear beginning the week of June 3rd. Yahoo acquired Upcoming in 2005. It’s a local event calendar, where users can host their own events as well
In response to the recent spate of violent US tragedies , NBC will not be airing an upcoming episode of its new series Hannibal . Variety reports that episode four — which features a storyline involving children killing other children — will be skipped next week, and the series’ fifth episode will air instead. Hannibal revolves around the relationship between an FBI investigator and Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a character best known from Silence of the Lambs . The decision was made after series creator Bryan Fuller contacted the network, telling NBC that “given the cultural climate right now in the US, I think we shouldn’t air the episode in its entirety.” It’s just the latest in a series of reactions by the entertainment industry made in..
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NBC skipping episode of ‘Hannibal’ in response to recent tragedies
Three days ago, gaming hardware manufacturer Razer found itself in a bit of a mess. By simply typing in “1234,” customers at Razer’s UK online store discovered a rogue coupon code would give them an absurd 90 percent off any of the company’s products. Needless to say, thousands of orders piled up before Razer could put a stop to the scheme. But instead of invalidating those orders, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan has decided to honor the unofficial deal in order to generate more goodwill towards the company
Following news last night that the FAA was close to giving the Boeing 787 approval to return to the skies, the administration has officially approved proposed design modifications to make the plane safe for flight. In a press release, the FAA says that it will give airplane operators instructions on how to implement the design fix next week and it will lift the grounding order that has kept the Dreamliner from flying. The ruling will require operators to “install containment and venting systems for the main and auxiliary system batteries, and to replace the batteries and their chargers with modified components.” The development comes just over three months since the FAA grounded the airplane in the US . Today’s approval from the FAA..
J.J. Abrams has some high-profile sci-fi flicks on his agenda, and the trailers for Star Trek Into Darkness should be an obvious reminder of why that’s a good thing. In anticipation of his new film, io9 is taking a look back at the remarkably detailed set for the bridge of the Enterprise that was used in the 2009 Star Trek . The photos come from Bad Robot, Abrams’ production company, and are being released for the first time in conjunction with a promotional app for Into Darkness . That the Enterprise looks good even when it’s not behind the lens of a movie camera gives us high hopes for both the new Star Trek and the director’s next picture — something called Star Wars: Episode VII .
Tour the bridge of the Enterprise from J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’
Building a toy empire isn’t all fun and games. Just ask the people in charge of Lego, the plastic brick company from Denmark, profiled in fascinating detail by Adweek . Just about 10 years ago, Lego attempted to diversify its products by building theme parks, making more video games, and new, non-Lego toys, which nearly bankrupt the company. Now under new direction, Lego has sold some of those assets off and come roaring back, securing licensing deals for Lego toys with characters from huge entertainment rivals, including Disney (which owns Marvel and Lucasfilm) and Warner Brothers (Harry Potter and DC Comics characters).