A group which represents a number of major US technology firms has appealed to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to retract its proposed plans to reverse a landmark decision taken in 2015 which prohibited internet service providers from blocking or slowing consumer access to online content. The Internet Association which represents companies such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, Netflix and Microsoft has filed a complaint to the FCC in relation to the reversal on the decision made in 2015. It cited…
The Austrian government is set to introduce controversial legislation which would grant police authorities in the country the ability to access encrypted messaging services such as WhatsApp and Skype. The government has claimed that the legislation has been drafted in an effort to ‘crackdown’ on criminals who are increasingly avoiding the use of communication via telephone. Austria’s Justice Ministry said that government officials has consulted with political, technology, civil rights and legal experts to review its draft legislation - that…
US President Donald Trump has admitted that he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the prospect of forming a cybersecurity unit at the G20 summit which was held last week in Hamburg, Germany. The scrutiny over cybersecurity has intensified following the recent ransomware attack which destabilized hundreds of businesses and institutions like the NHS in the UK. The attack only served to indicate further that it doesn’t matter what size your organization is, every entity it seems is extremely…
US government is set to intervene into the long-running saga between technology giants Apple, the EU and the Irish government. The EU ordered the iPhone maker to pay back €13 billion in taxes it claimed it owed Ireland. However, in a bizarre turn of the events the Irish government rejected the EU’s ruling that it was owed €13 billion in back taxes and said that Apple hadn’t breached any tax laws in Ireland. The EU insisted that Apple had secured…

Australia to implement 10 percent ‘Netflix Tax’

Written on Thursday, 29 June 2017 06:37
Australia is introducing a 10 percent goods and services tax (GST) for the streaming service Netflix which will come into effect from July 1. It’s the first time such a tax will be applied to digital products and services purchased in Australia from overseas companies. Netflix confirmed to The New Daily in May that it would be adding the charge. A spokesperson said: “We collect and remit tax wherever we are legally obligated to do so.” The company hasn’t specified;…
US President Donald Trump recently met with tech leaders at the American Leadership in Emerging Technology event which was attended by executives from the country’s leading operators such as AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. Trump said he will give US companies the competitive advantage they need to lead the way in new technological development. The White House event, which is part of FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s Tech Week in the US, centered on discussions about emerging…
The US government has announced that it is set to refocus its efforts on examining ways in which it can help speed up the process of taking new technologies to the marketplace. The Trump administration has announced its intentions to bring together a group of drone makers, wireless companies and venture capitalists to explore practices that will enable the commercialization of these technologies in a much more streamlined fashion. It has been confirmed that President Donald Trump will meet with…
200 million US citizens have had their sensitive personal data exposed accidently by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee. The data – which included 1.1 terabytes worth of information such as birth dates, home addresses, telephone numbers, and political views of about 62 percent of the entire US population – was available on a publicly accessible Amazon cloud server. The vulnerable data, according to a BBC report, was discovered by Chris Vickery, a cyber-risk analyst with the…
The Canadian heritage minister rejected a recommendation to introduce a new five percent tax on high-speed internet services in the country on June 15, just shortly after the proposed tax was made public by a parliamentary committee. Canadian politician Melanie Joly told Global news that “there are no plans for a new tax” on high-speed internet services such as Netflix, Apple Music and Crave. Joly added that the Canadian government is committed to reducing taxes, not increasing them. The Prime…
The United States is planning to increase its scrutiny of Chinese investment in Silicon Valley in an effort to protect what it describes as ‘sensitive technologies’ which are seen as vital to US national security. China has shown a particular interest in AI and machine learning and both technologies have received a significant amount of Chinese capital in recent years. The US has expressed concern that the cutting-edge technologies being developed in the US could be used by China to…
In Bristol, United Kingdom, the world’s first clinical trial of 3D-printed bionic hands for child amputees has begun. The technology is manufactured by a company called Open Bionics based in South Gloucestershire, launched four years ago. Upon success of the trial, the bionic hands will become available on the National health Service. “It’s awesome and it makes you feel confident,” said Tilly Lockey in an interview with BBC, a young girl who lost her hand due to meningitis. She has…
The European Commission has opened an “in-depth” investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of NXP by Qualcomm under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission has concerns that the transaction could lead to higher prices, less choice and reduced innovation in the semiconductor industry. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “We use our electronic devices every day - mobile phones or tablets. As semiconductors are used in practically every electronic device, we are dependent on them in those…
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