Amazon must pay $295 million in back taxes, EU says
Business / Europe / International News

Amazon must pay $295 million in back taxes, EU says

BRUSSELS (AP) — Amazon has to pay $295 million in back taxes to Luxembourg, the European Union ordered Wednesday, in its latest attempt to tighten the screws on multinationals it says are avoiding taxes through sweetheart deals with individual EU states. Margrethe Vestager, the EU official in charge of antitrust issues, also took Ireland to … Continue reading

Prostitute who gave Google exec fatal drug shot is deported
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Prostitute who gave Google exec fatal drug shot is deported

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal immigration officials said Friday, Apr. 7 they were deporting a California prostitute to Canada after she completed a jail sentence for involuntary manslaughter for giving a fatal heroin shot to a Google executive she had been entertaining aboard his yacht. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman James Schwab said a judge ordered … Continue reading

EU expands battle with Google with Android antitrust probe
Technology

EU expands battle with Google with Android antitrust probe

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is broadening its battle with Google, alleging that the technologygiant rigs the global market for mobile apps by making its Android operating system give preferential treatment to its own products. EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Wednesday that “Google’s behavior denies consumers a wider choice of mobile apps and services … Continue reading

Regulators get input _ sort of _ on self-driving car rollout
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Regulators get input _ sort of _ on self-driving car rollout

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators deciding how to permit the future rollout of self-driving cars have been told by consumer advocates that their cautious approach was right on, and by companies developing the technology that the current course will delay deployment of vehicles that promise huge safety benefits. The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles … Continue reading

Google: Self-driving cars improve, but still need human help
Science / Technology

Google: Self-driving cars improve, but still need human help

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Google’s futuristic self-driving cars needed some old-fashioned human intervention to avoid 11 crashes during testing on California roads, the company revealed Tuesday, Jan. 12, results it says are encouraging but show the technology has yet to reach the goal of not needing someone behind the wheel. With Google’s fleet logging tens … Continue reading

Mark Zuckerberg on philanthropy: Move slow and build things
National / Science / Technology

Mark Zuckerberg on philanthropy: Move slow and build things

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After making their fortunes from new software or social networks, some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have vowed to apply their skills to “hacking” philanthropy and “disrupting” old models for funding charity. Not so Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, who isn’t afraid to take a more conventional approach to giving. Local officials … Continue reading

YouTube to launch $10-a-month ad-free video, music plan Red
Arts & Entertainment / Business / Music

YouTube to launch $10-a-month ad-free video, music plan Red

LOS ANGELES (AP) — YouTube on Wednesday unveiled a new $10-a-month subscription plan in the U.S. called Red that combines ad-free videos, new original series and movies from top YouTubers, and on-demand unlimited streaming music. Red builds on Google’s existing music streaming service by providing ad-free access to YouTube programming, along with features such as … Continue reading