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France drives EU tax blitz on revenues of US tech giants
Paris and Berlin are mounting a joint offensive to tax internet giants such as Google and Amazon based on revenues generated in EU countries, a change that would wreak havoc with many technology groups'...
Companies must tell staff if emails monitored
The Strasbourg court backed a Romanian engineer, Bogdan Barbulescu, who was fired over a decade ago after sending messages to his brother and fiancee using his workplace Yahoo Messenger account. It found...
German automakers agree to update software of 5 million diesel cars to cut emissions
"I think first, of course, the car makers have broken European law, and this has been found by several inquiry committees. But at the same time supervisory authorities were complacent and the responsible...
Chinese internet giant Tencent launches WeChat Pay in Europe to challenge Alibaba’s Alipay
Chinese internet giant Tencent launched its WeChat Pay payments service in Europe on Monday, challenging rival Alipay, which is owned by rival Alibaba's affiliate Ant Financial. WeChat is a giant social...
Collapse of European ice sheet caused chaos in past
Scientists have reconstructed in detail the collapse of the Eurasian ice sheet at the end of the last ice age. The big melt wreaked havoc across the European continent, driving home the original Brexit...
Next ‘Google-scale’ start-up will be an A.I. firm from Europe, not the US, top VC says
Atomico is one of the largest VC firms in Europe, and recently closed a $765 million fund. It was founded by Niklas Zennstrom, who co-founded Skype, which was eventually purchased by Microsoft. Atomico...
Big fish in big trouble in Europe
Many large fish species, including many of the sharks and rays of Europe, are threatened with extinction. Confirming the findings of previous studies, scientists highlight regional differences in fish...
Human activity has polluted European air for 2,000 years
A new study combining European ice core data and historical records of the infamous Black Death pandemic of 1349-1353 shows metal mining and smelting have polluted the environment for thousands of years,...
First light for world's biggest X-ray laser
The laser's light is a billion times brighter than the typical light sources normally used in particle accelerators.As X-rays have a wavelength of 0.8 nanometres, almost 500 times shorter than visible...
Streaming services may be included in EU anti-geoblocking plans
In a vote passed on 25 April, European Union lawmakers have moved to ban online stores’ and services’ use of geoblocking against EU citizens. The new vote has extended the reach of the ban, which will...
WeChat looks to expand in U.S., Europe with payment service
WeChat, China’s most popular social media and messaging service, is looking to develop its payments service in the United States and Europe, where it hopes to attract new advertisers. “We needed to make...
Buyer of GM’s European companies says he might take them global
GENEVA — The top executive of France’s PSA Group had a message Tuesday for the two European companies it’s buying from General Motors: “We’re here to help.” Any job cuts down the road, he says, would...
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Emergency clause lets European countries beat bee pesticide ban
Neonicotinoid pesticides may harm beesAndrew Winning/ReutersBy Aisling IrwinPesticides that have been banned in Europe for the past three years have still been deployed more than 60 times around the continent...
New Netflix feature could be spoiled for Brits by Brexit
Want to catch up on Netflix's Stranger Things or Daredevil while sunning yourself on a European beach? At present, you'd have to use Netflix's new download option to pull that off. But a new change in...
Nissan picks London for first European on-road autonomous car tests
LONDON (Reuters) - Japanese carmaker Nissan said it will conduct its first European real-world trials of self-driving cars in London, choosing Britain just months after it said it would build two new models...
Square rival iZettle raises $63 million to fund acquisition and expand
De Geer said that iZettle hit its financial targets in 2016, without giving specific numbers as the books have not been closed. The company's main region is Europe while it also has operations in Brazil...
What tech giants face in Europe in 2017
The criticisms include the companies’ perceived failure to pay local taxes and their collection of reams of personal information. Apple was ordered to pay about $13.7 billion in back taxes to the Irish...
Microsoft’s Office 365 is twice as popular as Google’s G Suite
New research has revealed that when it comes to productivity suites in the cloud, Office 365 is twice as popular as Google’s G Suite (previously known as Google Apps for Work).At least in Europe anyway,...
Greece, IMF spar over austerity and forecasting
Officials from the IMF are in Athens along with representatives from Greece’s creditors in Europe over what the Greek government has to do next to get more bailout loans, participation in a European Central...
Business News Roundup, Dec. 9
Los Angeles prosecutors have sued four national retailers, accusing them of duping shoppers into believing they got bigger discounts than they actually did. “Customers have the right to be told the truth...
Alipay expands partnerships to tap Chinese travelers to Europe
BEIJING (Reuters) - Alipay said Tuesday it has partnered with four more financial services providers in Europe, as it looks to tap into Chinese consumers traveling abroad, in a move that could help China's...
Alipay strikes deal with banks to expand into Europe; hints at Apple Pay rival
Ant Financial, the Alibaba affiliate which runs the Alipay payments service, announced partnerships with European banks on Tuesday as it continues to expand in the region. The deals with BNP Paribas,...
Europe building up pipeline of big-league tech IPOs: investors
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Europe, which has long trailed Silicon Valley and China when it comes to creating independent global tech giants, is building up a pipeline of more meaty stock market candidates looking...
Europe will produce the next Facebook within 10 years: Skype co-founder
One area that start-ups in Europe have excelled in is so-called "deep tech" which includes areas such as AI (artificial intelligence), virtual reality and robotics. But AI is one area that has received...
European tech start-ups are on for a record year and US investors want in
Unicorns - tech start-ups valued over $1 billion - were elusive a year ago in Europe, but have become a lot more prevalent in recent times. The latest confirmed unicorn was Skyscanner which was sold to...
Uber defends itself at Europe’s highest court
The case at the European Court of Justice comes as the San Francisco company continues to push aggressively into overseas markets, often butting heads with local lawmakers and taxi associations that say...
Australian continent moves with the seasons
The Australian continent is chasing the point where the Earth is heaviest. IF YOU have ever been at the beach during a warm Australian summer and claim to have noticed a subtle tilt and gyrate of our continent,...
For First Nations people, effects of European contact are recorded in the genome
A study of the genomes of 25 individuals who lived 1,000 to 6,000 years ago on the north coast of present-day British Columbia, and 25 of their descendants who still live in the region today, opens a new...
Business News Roundup, Nov. 10
Twitter Chief Operating Officer Adam Bain, who built the company’s business model, has left to explore new opportunities. Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto will shift to Bain’s job, and the social...
What to Know Before Building a Data Residency Global Strategy
Data residency refers to the physical or geographic location of an organization's data or information. Similar to data sovereignty, data residency also refers to the legal or regulatory requirements imposed...
A third of Europeans still haven’t returned their Galaxy Note 7
The Galaxy Note 7 mop-up continues – but a third of owners in Europe are still to return their potentially dangerous devices to Samsung.Samsung has revealed it has replaced or refunded two thirds of its...
AI won’t be any cop at being a judge? On the contrary, m’lud
AI has proved capable of correctly judging the outcome of the vast majority of a selection of cases put before the European Court of Human Rights, despite insistence to the contrary that artificial intelligence...
Mars may have claimed another spacecraft
Enlarge / A view inside the ExoMars control room as mission managers await a signal from Schiaparelli.ESA reader comments 36 Share this story On Wednesday, the European Space Agency sought to become the...
One in 20 European patients catch an infection while in hospital
Mystery beast in ice age cave art revealed as cow-bison hybrid What was long thought to be a change in cave art style was in fact the natural evolution of a hybrid species – the elusive ancestor of modern...
Unique skin impressions of the last dinosaurs from what is now Europe
An impression fossil with the surface of the skin of a dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous, a period right before their extinction, has been discovered in Barcelona, Spain. Its characteristics make it a...
Germany’s Bundesrat votes to ban the internal combustion engine by 2030
Toni Almodóvar Escuder @ Flickr reader comments 7 Share this story Is the tide turning for the internal combustion engine? In Germany, things are starting to look that way. This is the country that invented...
Diesel Cars Blamed as WHO Warns about Air Pollution
The World Health Organization warns that 92 percent of the world’s population lives in areas of high air pollution. Many cities in Europe have pledged to phase out diesel cars - and there’s hope that...
Yahoo email scanning scandal could derail U.S.-EU data sharing deal
LONDON (Reuters) – Yahoo‘s decision to scan clients’ email accounts at the behest of the U.S. authorities has prompted questions in Europe as to whether EU citizens’ data had been compromised, and could...
Maths says UK should set Brexit wheels in motion after May 2017
A waiting game?Ulrich Baumgarten/GettyBy Petros SekerisBrexit is top of the agenda when the UK’s ruling Conservative party gathers for its annual conference today. After the country voted in June to quit...
France pushes to be next home for European start-ups
Lemair also addressed concerns about a lack of venture capital in France, an important factor for any start-up. "The funding market is really opening. There's more competition, which I believe is very...
Juncker: YouTube should pay more to musicians
The European Commission proposals would see artists and record companies get more money from video sites, while platforms like YouTube and Facebook would also be required to use technology that can track...
New EU rules promise 100Mbps broadband and free Wi-Fi for all
EnlargeEuropean Parliament reader comments 38 Share this story BRUSSELS—The European Commission has promised free Wi-Fi in every town, village, and city in the European Union, in the next four years....
Japan goes public with Brexit demands, says data flow deals must be protected
Enlarge / Japanese PM Shinzo Abe arrives in China for the G20 summit... just as his country's awkward Brexit memo lands.Etienne Oliveau/Getty Images reader comments 26 Share this story Prime minister...
U.S. tax code may allow dramatic retaliation in EU Apple case
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. tax law gives the Obama administration power to double tax rates for European companies should it choose to dramatically escalate a dispute with the European Union over Apple's...
Yesterday, outraged by Apple’s tax dodge. Today, by its tax bill
Tax avoidance has become a lightning rod as the presidential campaign has taken on a strong populist cast, and leading Republicans and Democrats in Congress have demanded that companies be forced to pay...
Apple's huge tax bill could hurt European economy, Jack Lew says
The European Commission's order that Apple pay back taxes to Ireland could hurt Europe's economic outlook, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Wednesday. Lew said the EU's action was "inconsistent"...
Cramer: CEOs don't want to bite EU on Apple tax ruling
CNBC's Jim Cramer said on Wednesday that CEOs won't come to Apple's defense regarding the European Union's tax ruling because they're afraid. "Isn't it interesting that we did not have a typical group...
Europe hits Apple with $15 billion-plus tax bill
The European Union has ordered Apple to pay nearly $15 billion in back taxes to Ireland, plus billions more in interest, in a move that dramatically escalates the fight over whether America’s biggest...
Cramer on Apple's Irish tax: 'A deal's a deal'
CNBC's Jim Cramer said Tuesday that the European Union was retroactive when it ordered Ireland to recoup millions in taxes from Apple. The European Commission on Tuesday told the Irish government to retrieve...
Apple's fight with the EU over taxes is just like Brexit, VC says
The fight between the European Commission and Apple reminds Roger McNamee, co-founder of Elevation Partners, of the U.K. vote to leave the European Union. "I look at this and I go, 'This is a different...
Apple Facing Europe's Largest Tax Penalty
The company could be forced to pay back billions of euros to Dublin as state tax aid is illegal under European Union rules.Last week the US Treasury attacked Europe's tax avoidance crackdown - which also...
Apple’s Irish tax bill might jump by billions on EU decision
Apple is facing a potential tax bill running into billions of dollars, with the European Union poised to release a finding into the company’s dealings in Ireland as soon as Tuesday, according to people...
China's Alipay deepens push into Europe with Ingenico partnership
PARIS (Reuters) - Ingenico Group has signed a deal with Alipay, China's biggest online-payments platform, that will allow Chinese consumers to use the mobile payment app widely across Europe, the French...
VW owners in US get cash. In Europe, they get plastic tubes
The startling gap in treatment is the result of European laws that shield corporations from class-action suits brought by unhappy consumers. Lawyers in Berlin, Paris and elsewhere in Europe are teaming...
Google spreads cash around, trying to endear itself to Europe
Google has been staging a full-court press in Europe to finance everything from startup offices to YouTube-sponsored music concerts, trying to remake its image in the region as it battles a mounting list...
Google, trying to endear itself to Europe, spreads cash around
A yearlong digital training course for Irish high school teachers started in 2014. A fund to help European news outlets adapt to the web popped up in 2015. And in March, a virtual reality exhibition began...
Brexit Brain Drain? Fears Talent Will Leave UK
Scientists in the UK received €8.8bn (£7.4bn) in research funding from the EU from 2007 to 2013, according to the Royal Society - more than the €5.4bn the government contributed over the same period.When...
Computer says no? Europeans can now challenge that decision
Who, or what, sent them?Jane Wiedel Photolibrary/Alamy StockphotoBy Aviva RutkinHAVE you been turned down by a computer? Perhaps your online credit application was refused. Maybe you were denied a job,...
US, EU approve new Privacy Shield data-sharing rules
BRUSSELS — New rules governing trans-Atlantic data transfers were formally approved Tuesday, months after Europe’s top court ruled against the previous arrangements amid concerns over the surveillance...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark