New Zealand to Slap ‘Digital Services Tax’ on Internet Giants Google, Facebook: Will this Antagonize the US?

Following the precedent set by some European countries such as Austria, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, New Zealand has indicated it will introduce a digital services tax. This is expected to affect internet giants such as Google and Facebook, according to the New Zealand Herald. Per New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, this is aimed at achieving ‘fairness and balance’ in the country’s tax system. Currently, according to Ardern large internet firms have been fulfilling their tax obligations as required by law: Highly digitalized companies, such as those offering social media networks, trading platforms, and online advertising, currently

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Will Apple’s FaceTime Fiasco Spoil the Tech Giant’s Earnings Call?

Apple is set to report its first-quarter earnings after Tuesday’s closing bell. As it readies, it’s dealing with the fallout of a bug on its FaceTime app that was allowing people to listen in on others’ conversations. Not only did the bug make Apple look bad on Data Privacy Day, but it could have been discovered by a teen, whose mother tweeted relentlessly about the find as early as Jan. 20. Apple didn’t address the issue on its support site until last night. This bug only aggravates Apple’s efforts to maintain its stellar image as it faces slowing sales of

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