Apple and Samsung Burying the Hatchet? Don’t Count on it

3:45 PM, Jun. 18th, 2014 · · Analysis

A new report claims Apple and Samsung have decided to knuckle down and work to bring an end to their ongoing mobile device patent infringement fight. That sounds great, but the reality is that it just doesn't fit with Samsung's strategy, or Apple's intense desire to protect its intellectual property.

Skybox Could Allow Google to Predict iPhone Launch Dates

9:40 PM, Jun. 16th, 2014 · · Analysis

Robot Overlords

When Google purchased Skybox Imaging earlier in June, it was seen as a play on satellite imaging related to maps. That's not the business Skybox claims it is in, however; the company sees itself as an information company, and it could help Google do things like predict when Apple will launch new iPhones.

Amazon Launched Prime Music Without Universal Music Group Catalog

8:16 PM, Jun. 13th, 2014 · · Analysis


Amazon launched Prime Music, its entry into the burgeoning streaming music market, this week, but the company did so without the biggest catalog of music on the planet, Universal Music Group. That means artists like Lady Gaga, 50 Cent, The Who, Kanye West, Amy Winehouse, Johnny Cash, and...wait for it...Dr. Dre.

EU Officially Launches Probe Into Irish Tax Dealings with Multinationals Like Apple

9:10 PM, Jun. 11th, 2014 · · Analysis

Apple in the EU

The European Union's (EU) European Commission (EC) officially launched a probe into tax dealings member countries Ireland, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands have with multinational corporations like Apple Inc., Starbucks Corporation, and Fiat Finance & Trade SA. According to Bloomberg, the EC is investigating whether or not tax breaks offered to corporate subsidiaries in these countries    constitute illegal state aid.

U.S. Highway Shortfall Pushing Senate Towards Tax Holiday for Apple, Others

8:28 PM, Jun. 11th, 2014 · · Analysis

U.S. Tax Holiday

The needs of the U.S. Highway Trust Fund are pushing the U.S. Senate towards the idea of a tax holiday for U.S. companies that would allow them to repatriate offshore money into the U.S. The Highway Trust fund is projected to run out of money in August, while there are hundreds of billions of dollars worth of infrastructure repairs that need to be made on the system.

EU Set to Probe Ireland’s Tax Arrangements with Apple

7:10 PM, Jun. 10th, 2014 · · Analysis

Apple in Ireland

The European Union's (EU) European Commission is set to launch a probe into Ireland's tax arrangements with large multinationals such as Apple. Reuters reported the news, but buried near the end of the story is that the Commission's focus is likely to be the tax regime that allows Apple and others to protect overseas revenues from local taxation, rather than Apple itself.