France and Germany have proposed a European cloud platform called “Gaia-X” as a way to reduce its dependence on U.S. tech companies.
The France tax plan is moving ahead to tax tech companies like Apple even if no other countries follow suit.
On Tuesday the French government accused Apple of undermining its efforts with its contact tracing app “StopCovid.”
Apple’s iPhones normally block access to Bluetooth unless the user is actively running an app. French officials want Apple to change the settings to let their app access Bluetooth in the background, so it is always on. So far, they say, Apple has refused.
O, the French minister, said he could not explain the reasoning behind Apple’s decision on Bluetooth. “We consider that oversight of the healthcare system, fighting the coronavirus, is a matter for governments and not necessarily for big American companies,” he said.
As we pointed out on our Daily Observations podcast, most people aren’t going to care about the privacy aspects of these apps. But they will care about battery life, and apps like these constantly using Bluetooth in the background will undoubtedly be a factor, Bluetooth Low Energy or not.
France wants Apple to roll back an iOS privacy feature that limits apps constantly using Bluetooth in the background.
Bryan Chaffin and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss a French authority fining Apple over inventory, and the new Powerbeats 4 appealing to Charlotte for, frankly, not being AirPods.
Apple received a €1.1 billion fine from the French competition authority, the largest it has ever handed out to one firm.
France’s competition authority is fining Apple, saying the company engaged in anti-competitive behavior in its distribution and sales network.
DGCCRF, France’s consumer watchdog, fined Apple €25 million (US$27.3 million) for intentionally slowing the performance older iPhones.
Authorities in France could force Apple and other tech giants to disclose how much profit they make in the country.
French police have defeated a botnet that infected over 850,000 computers. It was created with the Retadup malware. With the help of a web host, they cloned the command & control server and used it to disinfect the zombie computers.
“The malware authors were mostly distributing cryptocurrency miners, making for a very good passive income,” the security company said. “But if they realized that we were about to take down Retadup in its entirety, they might’ve pushed ransomware to hundreds of thousands of computers while trying to milk their malware for some last profits.”
French President Emmanuel Macron says it’s crazy that companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google get a “permanent tax haven status.”
The reference to ‘tax haven status’ relates to practices used by Apple and others to funnel profits on European sales through Ireland, and then to claim large deductions for R&D costs incurred in the US. There have also been accusations that Apple assigns most of its European profits to a subsidiary which exists only on paper and which pays no taxes anywhere.
The French Internet Referral Unit sent 550 takedown demands to the Internet Archive claiming that it hosts “terrorist propaganda.”
While it sounds like students can still bring one, they have to be turned off.
As part of the deal it also acquired the rights to the first season of the original French work.
It looks like it will last two hours with the topic of app development.
Kelly Guimont and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on France accusing Apple and Google of screwing developers, plus what’s behind Apple’s decision to publish its new Families webpage.
France seeks fines of 2 million euros (US$2,471,280).
Attac accuses Apple of dodging local taxes, an offshoot of controversy over Apple’s international corporate structure, and a court ruling affirmed their right to protest at Apple Stores.
Bryan Chaffin have been the loudest to yell that Apple should have told users it was doing this, but it’s a case of corporate opacity, not planned obsolescence.
In Bryan Chaffin’s mind, there is little doubt that Tim Cook’s recent spate of publicity photos in Iowa, Austin—and now France—are part of a coordinated effort to raise his profile.