Apple to EU: It’s Jobs or Taxes; Sri Lankan Teen Hacker Gets Fine, Jail

Posted August 30th, 2016 at 11:55 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - A view of buildings on The Apple campus in Cork, southern Ireland. (AFP)

FILE – A view of buildings on The Apple campus in Cork, southern Ireland. (AFP)

Apple: You Can Have Taxes or You Can Have Jobs, but You Can’t Have Both

That sentiment sums up Apple’s official response to the EU’s decision that the company received illegal state aid and should pay Ireland nearly $13 billion in back taxes. But the situation is complicated due to an understanding between Apple and Ireland that provides thousands of jobs in exchange for low tax rates. Moreover, Apple is the largest single taxpayer in Ireland right now. The U.S. Treasury Department has also expressed disappointment over the EU’s decision.

Sri Lankan Teen Hacks President’s Website, Gets Fine, Jail Time

A 17-year-old Sri Lankan who thought scheduling exams around Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrations was a bad idea, hacked into the president’s website to demand the exams be rescheduled. The hacker’s message included additional rants before it was taken down. The teen now faces a $2,000 fine and up to three years in jail.

What to Expect at Europe’ Biggest Trade Show

IFA 2016, Europe’s biggest consumer electronics show, will run September 4-7 in Berlin, Germany. All the big names will be there. Expect announcements about new Android Nougat and Windows phones, virtual reality headsets, wearable health gadgets and more.



Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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