Big Tech finds a way to pass on the cost of digital taxes in Europe

External View of the Apple store on Fifth Avenue on August 19, 2020 in New York City. VIEW press | Corbis News | Getty Images Apple has announced that it will increase its charges for app developers, as it becomes the latest tech giant to pass on some of the costs of new digital taxes to smaller businesses. The move, announced Tuesday, comes after countries including the U.K., France, Italy and Turkey implemented digital services levies, which force tech giants to pay more taxes. However, Apple …

TikTok adds to Ireland’s data storage boom amid energy concerns

An illuminated raised walkway connects buildings of the Google Inc. European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg via Getty With another tech giant planning to bring a data center to Ireland, experts weigh up the challenges that this burgeoning industry is bringing to the country. Last month, TikTok announced that it was investing up to $500 million in a center in Ireland, its first in Europe. The news from the popular app, currently …

Turkey seeing second peak of Covid-19 outbreak – as it happened

  Signs of Covid-19 easing in Brazil Brazil’s Covid-19 death toll appears to be easing for the first time since May, data shows, a sign the Latin American country could be descending from a long infection plateau that has seen it suffer the world’s second-worst outbreak after the United States, Reuters reports. With nearly 4 million confirmed cases, the virus has killed over 120,000 people in Brazil. But the level of average daily deaths dropped below 900 per day last …

Google Said It Would Invest $10 Billion In India. Nearly Half Of It Is Going To The Country’s Richest Man.

On Monday, Google announced that it will invest $10 billion in India over the next few years. Two days later, the company revealed a key detail: Nearly half of the money will go to a top telecom operator owned by Asia’s richest man. The internet giant will invest $4.5 billion into Jio Platforms as part of a plan to provide “increase access for the hundreds of millions in India who don’t own a smartphone,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted Wednesday. …

Ruth Mackenzie hits out at ‘brutal’ dismissal from Paris’s Châtelet theatre

The British arts director Ruth Mackenzie has lost her job at one of France’s most prestigious theatres in a decision she described as “brutal and inexplicable”. Mackenzie, who became the first female artistic director at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, was told her contract was being terminated with immediate effect on Friday. The theatre refused to comment on her departure but French media reported a source as saying there had been a “managerial and financial problem” related to Mackenzie’s …

Putin: Russia is ready to provide security help to Belarus

MINSK, Belarus — Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that he stands ready to send police to Belarus if protests there turn violent but sees no such need yet, while Belarusian police dispersed a protest in the capital with renewed vigor Thursday, detaining about 180 people and raising pressure on the opposition. Belarus’ authoritarian president of 26 years, Alexander Lukashenko, has been facing weeks of protests against his reelection to a sixth term in the Aug. 9 vote, which the opposition …

Coronavirus live news: WHO signals slowing of infections but India cases still soaring

8.53pm EDT 20:53 Mexico’s health ministry has reported 4,916 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection on Tuesday, and 650 additional fatalities. The new figures bring the total in the country to 568,621 confirmed cases and 61,450 deaths. But the government has consistently said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases. Mexican urban artist Sergio Morelos, aka Applezman, has painted a mural in Mexico City paying tribute to the doctors and nurses on the …

Coronavirus live news: WHO hopes crisis can be over within two years; Italy records biggest daily infection rise since May

6.56pm EDT 18:56 After France reported 4,771 new cases – its biggest daily increase since lockdown ended – the UK government has announced travellers from France to the UK will be required to self certify that they are not suffering coronavirus symptoms or have been in contact with a confirmed case within 14 days preceding travel. Updated at 7.00pm EDT 6.38pm EDT 18:38 Hi, Josh Taylor here taking over the blog. We have some more information on the Queensland Covid-19 …

Coronavirus live news: Iran death toll exceeds 20,000; Australia to provide vaccines to ‘Pacific family’

A boy looks concerned as a health worker collects a nasal swab from his mother during coronavirus screening in Mumbai. Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images The ‘carnival virus’ faces down a coronavirus at the Rose Monday parade in Dusseldorf in February. Photograph: Thilo Schmülgen/Reuters Germany’s carnival season is expected to be cancelled owing to fears that the revelry and mass gatherings could contribute to the spread of the coronavirus, writes Kate Connolly, the Guardian’s Berlin correspondent. The health minister, Jens Spahn, …

Belarus crisis: EU leaders hold emergency talks

EU leaders are holding emergency talks on the political crisis in Belarus, after 10 days of protests that have shaken Alexander Lukashenko’s 26-year grip on power. In the run-up to the meeting on Wednesday, the Belarusian opposition leader, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, urged the EU not to recognise Lukashenko as president.   “I call on you not to recognise these fraudulent elections,” she said. “Mr Lukashenko has lost all the legitimacy in the eyes of our nation and the world.” The bloc’s …

Germans must walk their dogs twice a day, new law will say

Minister to introduce law next year to ensure nation’s 9.4 million dogs get enough exercise A woman runs with her dog past the Memmertfeuer lighthouse in Juist, Germany, where a new law will specify how much people should walk their dogs. Photograph: Sina Schuldt/AP Germany’s dog owners will soon to be ordered by law to walk their pets twice a day. The country’s agriculture minister, Julia Klöckner, has said she is introducing the new law based on evidence that many …

Coronavirus live news: US death toll passes 170,000, New Zealand postpones election

  Thailand’s economy suffered its worst contraction since the Asian financial crisis more than two decades ago, data showed today, as the coronavirus shattered the country’s crucial tourism industry. The kingdom has largely escaped the worst of the disease – registering 3,300 cases and 58 deaths despite being the first country outside China to register an infection in January.   But pandemic-spurred lockdowns brought the economy to a staggering halt, shrinking 12.2 percent in the second quarter growth, according to …

Belarusian challenger leaves the country amid protests

MINSK, Belarus — The top opposition candidate in Belarus’ presidential vote, who refused to concede her defeat amid a massive police crackdown on protesters, said Tuesday she has left the country and is now in Lithuania. Looking tired and distressed, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, a former teacher and political novice, apologized to her supporters in a video statement and said it was her own choice to leave the country. “It was a very hard decision to make,” she said. “I know that …