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Agree/Disagree: The EU's case against Apple owing back taxes is air tight.

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Agree/Disagree: The EU's case against Apple owing back taxes is air tight. Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Tuesday Highlights: The EU crashes down on Apple with a massive US$14.5 billion bill of tax repayment to Ireland after finding the company was "granted undue tax benefits"; Tim Cook pens message to Europe's Apple community promising to appeal decision, but 9to5Mac's Ben Lovejoy finds the letter "tone-deaf"; Ireland expresses profound disagreement with EU ruling, and the US Treasury is "disappointed"—reports and analyses aplenty in our Apple/Macintosh, and Op/Ed sections; new HacBook based on older HP laptop hits market, promises macOS laptop for only $329; with Opera's password managing servers compromised, Wired worries about state of the rest of browser password managers; Juniper Research sees Apple Pay, Android Pay online purchases hitting the $8 billion mark by 2018; Apple and Aussie banks continue to fight, reports in our General Interest section; Eurasian filing suggests AirPods as well as yet-to-be-announced iPhones, Apple Watches coming; possible gloss black iPhone 7 on the way?; new MacBook Pro models with OLED 'Function Row' found in code for Pages; Macworld tip suggests you don't need battery apps for your iPhone; and Oscar Raymundo thinks iPhone 7 w/o "headphone jack is Apple innovation at its best".

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "A Message to the Apple Community in Europe" ["Over the years, we received guidance from Irish tax authorities on how to comply correctly with Irish tax law — the same kind of guidance available to any company doing business there. In Ireland and in every country where we operate, Apple follows the law and we pay all the taxes we owe. ... The Commission's move is unprecedented and it has serious, wide-reaching implications. It is effectively proposing to replace Irish tax laws with a view of what the Commission thinks the law should have been. This would strike a devastating blow to the sovereignty of EU member states over their own tax matters, and to the principle of certainty of law in Europe. Ireland has said they plan to appeal the Commission's ruling and Apple will do the same. We are confident that the Commission's order will be reversed."]  Apple 7:41 AM
  • "European Commission Opinion of August 30, 2016: Investor FAQ" [1 Page PDF] Apple 9:29 AM
  • "State aid: Ireland gave illegal tax benefits to Apple worth up to €13 billion/The European Commission has concluded that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to €13 billion to Apple. This is illegal under EU state aid rules, because it allowed Apple to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. Ireland must now recover the illegal aid."  European Commission 7:44 AM
  • "Apple says will appeal against EU tax decision" Reuters 7:48 AM
  • "Apple Ordered by EU to Repay $14.5 Billion in Irish Tax Breaks: EU says tax deal with Ireland allowed Apple to pay almost zero tax on European profits between 2003 and 2014"  WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 7:44 AM
  • "Apple Ordered to Pay Up to $14.5 Billion in EU Tax Crackdown" Bloomberg 8:17 AM
  • "Apple should repay Ireland 13bn euros, European Commission rules" BBC 8:01 AM
  • "EU verdict: Apple received €13bn in illegal tax benefits from Ireland" The Register 8:01 AM
  • "EU demands Apple pay Ireland up to 13 billion euros in tax" Reuters 7:48 AM
  • "Apple Must Pay Billions for Tax Breaks in Ireland, E.U. Orders" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:50 AM
  • "Apple faces record-breaking €13bn penalty over Irish taxes" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:50 AM
  • "Apple must pay Ireland $14.5 billion in unpaid taxes" IDG News Service 7:48 AM
  • "Apple Hit by Record Tax Payment in EU Crackdown" Bloomberg TV 8:05 AM
  • "Europe hits Apple with $14.6 billion tax bill" CNNMoney 7:50 AM
  • "Apple Found To Have Received Illegal Tax Benefits, Ordered To Pay $14.5 Billion In Back Taxes" Forbes 7:57 AM
  • "Apple: You can have taxes or you can have jobs but you can't have both" Business Insider 7:46 AM
  • "Ireland 'disagrees profoundly' with EU on Apple tax bill" Reuters 7:48 AM
  • "Ireland's Noonan: The EU's Apple Tax Decision Is Wrong" Bloomberg TV 12:37 PM
  • "EU's ruling on Apple will be 'devastating' for European economy, says CFO" CNBC 8:05 AM
  • "U.S. Treasury 'disappointed' with EU ruling on Apple taxes" MarketWatch 8:37 AM
  • "Apple's EU tax dispute explained: The consequences of the commission's complaint and the wider implications of its ruling" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:50 AM
OS X
News
  • "$329 for a MacBook? Well, really a 'HacBook' built on an old HP: Bring your own Mac OS licence and cross you fingers before the legal letters land" The Register 8:15 AM
  • "Apple Releases macOS Sierra 10.12 Beta 8 to Developers, Seventh Beta to Public Testers [Download] iClarified 9:17 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to Add Custom Callouts to Screencast Videos in Screenflow" Envato Tuts+ 8:12 AM
  • "How To Zap The Safari Browser Scam" Mac360 7:40 AM
  • "Record Audio With A Click On Your Mac" Mac360 8:16 AM
Op/Ed
  • "Sorry, But Your Browser Password Manager Probably Isn't Enough" Wired 7:58 AM
  • "The Problem With Browser Ad Blockers" McSolo 7:49 AM
Press Releases
  • "Station 1.0 - Multilevel Dock for macOS" prMac 7:41 AM
  • "Announcing SoftRAID version 5.5.5: OWC Holdings, Inc. announces the release of SoftRAID version 5.5.5, featuring extra data protection for hardware failures, Japanese localization, and additional command line support." SoftRAID 7:38 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's HomeKit, coming to a neighborhood near you: Housebuilders preparing for the rise of the smart home" ZDNet 8:04 AM
  • "Apple Is Expected to Debut Its New iPhone Next Week" Associated Press 7:55 AM
  • "Apple to show off new offerings on Sept. 7" AFP 8:06 AM
  • "Expect an Apple 'Back to the Mac' event this year" Computerworld 10:28 AM
  • "Online Purchases via Apple Pay & Android Pay to Reach $8Bn by 2018, Up Fifteen-fold from 2016" PRNewswire 8:19 AM
  • "Apple calls Australian banks' request to bargain over Apple Pay a detriment to consumers, mobile wallet adoption" AppleInsider 7:47 AM
  • "Apple under attack from Australia's biggest banks over Apple Pay" CNET 7:57 AM
  • "Apple claims giving Australian banks negotiation rights will undermine customer security" ZDNet 8:04 AM
  • "Apple formally responds on Australian banks' Apple Pay demands, says doubly harmful" 9to5Mac 8:04 AM
  • "Apple sued over defective iPhones infected with 'Touch Disease'" Telegraph 8:10 AM
  • "Apple sued over iPhone 6 touch-screen freezes" AFP 8:06 AM
  • "Jessica Alba Joins Apple's 'Planet of the Apps' Reality Series" Variety 11:26 AM
  • "Jessica Alba latest star signed to Apple's upcoming 'Planet of the Apps' reality TV series" 9to5Mac 11:26 AM
  • "Jessica Alba Joins Apple's Planet of the Apps Series" iClarified 12:37 PM
  • "iPads are as good as sedatives at calming kids down before operations" Quartz 9:16 AM
  • "iPads Subdue Kids as Well as Hard Drugs" Gizmodo UK 9:16 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: The confidential plan to save the Macintosh" Cult of Mac 8:24 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Google won't fix login page flaw that can lead to malware download" ZDNet 11:28 AM
  • "RIP: Chromebook Pixel 2 discontinued, no longer available from the Google Store" 9to5Google 10:58 AM
  • "Sling TV looks to go national with new ad campaign" Mashable 8:03 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-30: Apple's EU Tax Bill, September 7 Media Event" The Mac Observer 1:07 PM
  • "Podcast: Tim Cook's First Five Years" Tech.pinions 10:44 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Apple linked to 'AirPods,' unannounced iPhone & Apple Watch models in Eurasian regulatory filing" AppleInsider 7:41 AM
  • "Apple Granted Eurasian Certificates for 'AirPods', iPhones, and Apple Watch models" MacRumors 7:47 AM
  • "Alleged prototype device info sticker reaffirms 32 GB base storage for iPhone 7" 9to5Mac 9:46 AM
  • "Apple will finally update its stagnant Mac lineup this fall" BGR 8:10 AM
  • "Apple iPad, Mac rumors suggest upgrades for power users" Engadget 8:10 AM
  • "Apple Prepping iPad Upgrades, Return of MacBook Air" LAPTOP Magazine 8:11 AM
  • "Possible references to MacBook Pro OLED 'Function Row' spotted in Pages code" AppleInsider 8:39 AM
  • "Report: Apple Prepping iPad Upgrades, Refreshed Mac Lineup (The MacBook Air is Still Alive?)" MacTrast 9:35 AM
  • "iPhone 7 May Have Fifth 'Gloss Black' Color Resembling 2013 Mac Pro" MacRumors 8:05 AM
  • "Are These The Official Camera Specs for Apple's iPhone 7/7 Plus?" RazorianFly 8:14 AM
  • "Apple's anticipated switch to OLED iPhone screens could be temporary, argues Innolux" 9to5Mac 8:05 AM
Granted Apple Patents
  • "Apple Wins Patent for a Future iPhone with a Curved Wraparound OLED Display" Patently Apple 7:52 AM
  • "Apple patents hint at AR/VR head mounts, a media production app, and an interactive map" Apple World Today 7:52 AM
  • "Apple Granted a Patent for a Futuristic Home Automation System for Room Controls" Patently Apple 7:52 AM
  • "Apple Wins Patent for an iOS Device Drop Countermeasure System" Patently Apple 9:05 AM
  • "Apple Wins Patent for Air Bag-Like Shock Absorbing System to Protect Device Cover Glass" Patently Apple 7:52 AM
  • "Apple Granted 59 Patents Today Covering a Liquid Metal Based Touch Interface, Apple's Home Button & more" Patently Apple 12:37 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:39 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:39 AM

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Reviews
  • "Review: Belkin unveils PowerHouse charging dock for iPhone and Apple Watch" Apple World Today 10:30 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "4 worthy alternatives to Sunrise Calendar: Streamline your scheduling with these apps when Sunrise shuts down at the end of this month." Macworld 7:48 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to block contacts on FaceTime for iPhone and iPad" iMore 10:30 AM
  • "Pogue's Basics: How to retrieve every tweet you've ever made" Yahoo Tech 7:39 AM
Tips
  • "iPhone users: Avoid battery apps. They aren't useful/What you need to monitor your battery life is already inside iOS." Macworld 7:47 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
Apple vs. EU
  • "The EU was retroactive, inconsistent on Apple-Ireland deal, Cramer says" CNBC 1:09 PM
  • "Threat to Apple's brand image more serious than bottom line hit" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 1:08 PM
  • "The EU is foolish to go after Apple for $14.5 billion in back taxes"  CNBC 12:36 PM
  • "Why Ireland doesn't want to take billions from Apple" Associated Press 11:28 AM
  • "Apple's Tax Defense Seems Flawed" Forbes 11:28 AM
  • "How Apple paid just 0.005% tax on its global profits" CNNMoney 11:25 AM
  • "Tim Cook says Apple tax decision 'has no basis in fact': Read his letter in full" Telegraph 10:58 AM
  • "Apple ordered to pay $14.5B by EU on allegations of tax shenanigans in Ireland" GeekWire 10:33 AM
  • "Apple defended its Irish tax-minimizing operation using a classic photo of Steve Jobs in Cork" Business Insider 10:33 AM
  • "How Does Apple's EU Tax Bill Affect Its Cash Pile?" Bloomberg Video 10:33 AM
  • "Apple Could Find Europe's $14.5 Billion Tax Penalty In Its Couch Cushions" Forbes 9:35 AM
  • "Why Ireland Doesn't Want Apple's $14.5 Billion in Back Taxes" Bloomberg 9:27 AM
  • "What Apple's $14.5 Billion Tax Bill Really Means" Gizmodo 8:38 AM
  • "Opinion: Why Apple's statement on Irish tax ruling seems tone-deaf, but nothing will happen anytime soon"  9to5Mac 8:38 AM
  • "Apple Tax and Activist Plans" Bloomberg 8:36 AM
  • "Tim Cook: Apple's tax bill will have a 'harmful' effect on investment in EU" Cult of Mac 8:24 AM
  • "Apple Ordered to Pay Up to 13 Billion Euros in EU Tax Crackdown" MacStories 8:11 AM
  • "25-year-old deal led to Apple's tax bill from hell" Cult of Mac 8:10 AM
  • "'The European Commission has launched an effort to rewrite Apple's history in Europe'" Business Insider 8:07 AM
  • "Why Apple's €13 Billion Penalty Is Just A Drop In The Ocean [Infographic] Forbes 7:56 AM
Apple Op/Ed
  • "Relative importance: Not everything is worth writing about" Macworld 9:28 AM
  • "Apple's little-known (and somewhat unsexy) secret to success" Recode 9:10 AM
  • "Apple's Product Line 'Discombobulation" Mac360 8:25 AM
  • "Apple's 'Touch Disease' And The Problem Of Being The Richest Company On Earth" PixoBebo 8:16 AM
  • "Google And Apple: Signs Of The Meltdown" Mac360 8:06 AM
  • "Apple's 2 Factor Authorization is clunky and slow" ZDNet 8:04 AM
  • "The worst thing about yesterday's big iPhone 7 specs leak" BGR 9:47 AM
  • "There are still two big problems with Apple's iPhones, but the iPhone 7 will solve one of them" BGR 8:28 AM
  • "Uh-Oh-7: will iPhone 7 crush rivals in quest for global domination?" iTWire 7:48 AM
  • "Why killing the iPhone 7's headphone jack is Apple innnovation at its best"  Macworld 7:47 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Papa John's pizza app is a stroke of Apple TV genius" Apple Must 12:25 PM
Humor/Cartoons
  • "Comic: Interpreting Invitations" iMore 8:14 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Griffin preps for 'iPhone 7' without headphone jack, announces iTrip Clip Bluetooth audio adapter" AppleInsider 10:58 AM
  • "Belkin launches $99 PowerHouse Charge Dock for iPhone and Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 10:44 AM
  • "Sonos is bringing voice control to the speaker system through Amazon Echo, integrating with Spotify app" 9to5Mac 9:47 AM
  • "Hacker protection Camera Guard for macOS blocks webcam and microphone" prMac 8:20 AM
  • "New Interactive Apple TV Series Aims to Help Parents Improve Children's Health and Develop Early" PRNewswire 8:19 AM
  • "Streetwise Drivers Club™ App Now Features Openbay Auto Repair Marketplace" PRNewswire 8:19 AM
  • "CloudCar™'s justDrive launches in the UK" PRNewswire 8:19 AM
  • "Papa John's Unveils Customizable Pizza Ordering App for Apple TV" Business Wire 8:18 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Catastrophic Surface Pro 3 battery life finally has its firmware fix: Initial reports suggest it's definitely working, at least for some." Ars Technica 6:15 AM
  • "Microsoft rolls out awaited battery fix for Surface Pro 3" ZDNet 6:16 AM
  • "Microsoft issues fix for Surface Pro 3 battery issue" TechnoBuffalo 7:01 AM
  • "Microsoft apologises after Bing translates 'Daesh' into 'Saudi Arabia'" The Express Tribune 6:40 AM
  • "Saudi Arabia furious over Microsoft translation error" The Times 6:46 AM
  • "Dell joins MTV in Campus Diaries to connect with college students: The platform, now in its fourth edition, brings together students from over 300 colleges across India and lives 365 days through weekly and monthly engagements" The Economic Times 6:30 AM
  • "HP Linux Imaging and Printing 3.16.8 Adds Support for Linux Mint 18, Fedora 24" Softpedia 6:31 AM
  • "IBM Sets Up New Cloud Data Center in South Korea" Korea Portal 6:38 AM
  • "VMware Unveils Cloud Foundation, Launches With IBM" TechWeekEurope 6:39 AM
  • "VMware and IBM collaborate on cloud" IT-Online 6:39 AM
  • "AMD confirms early 2017 launch for Vega GPUs" bit-tech 6:33 AM
  • "AMD Momentum Stalls As Vega 10 GPU Architecture Delayed Until Mid-2017" Game Debate 6:33 AM
  • "AMD sees VR and AR as a good bet" Fudzilla 6:34 AM
  • "Intel Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake Spotted in SiSoft Sandra Database" The Guru of 3D 6:35 AM
  • "AMD vs. Intel-Assessing Their New Strategies: A Study In Contrasts" TG Daily 6:36 AM
  • "Oracle's Database 12c R2: Boom, bust or meh upgrade cycle ahead?" ZDNet 6:48 AM
  • "Red Hat Rebrands Virtualization Technology in New Release" eWeek 6:20 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "With $231B in cash, Apple's $14.5B Irish tax hit doesn't concern Wall Street" AppleInsider 10:34 AM
  • "What the Apple-Ireland Tax Kerfuffle Means for Other U.S. Tech Companies in Europe" TheStreet 8:36 AM
Industry News
  • "U.S. Stock-Index Futures Are Little Changed While Apple Falls" Bloomberg 6:50 AM
  • "Stocks: 6 things to know before the open" CNNMoney 6:56 AM
  • "Stocks Stage Post-Yellen Rally With September Rate Hike in Focus: U.S. stocks stage a rally Monday, buoyed by comments from the Federal Reserve chief Friday." TheStreet 6:56 AM
  • "Market Snapshot: Wall Street Faces Choppy Day As Traders Wait For Rate Clues" Nasdaq 6:57 AM
  • "U.S. companies brave a Brexit world" USA Today 7:00 AM
  • "Dollar Strengthens, Global Stocks Gain: U.S. monetary policy remains in focus after Yellen says economy could withstand rate rise this year" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 7:01 AM
  • "Asian markets get a lift from U.S. stock gains" MarketWatch 7:01 AM
  • "European stocks gain ground as euro drifts lower" MarketWatch 7:01 AM

 
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