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

Agree, seems pretty air tight.
Disagree. Highly political, and biased.
No idea, but it'll be interesting to watch.

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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.

Wednesday Highlights: Fallout continues over the EU's ruling that Apple owes a massive US$14.5 billion in back taxes to Ireland as the cabinet needs more time to decide on appeal; ramifications are broad and include a call for Ireland to exit the EU (Irexit); and according to Bloomberg, the "ruling could be the end of easy European tax deals"; the New York Times fact-checks Apple's claims—reports aplenty in our Apple/Macintosh, and Op/Ed sections; Walt Mossberg believes it is too early to judge Tim Cook's era as Apple CEO in which company has enjoyed huge financial gains, "but lacks a breakthrough product"; Apple adds new paid storage tier to iCloud; looking for a journaling app for your Mac?; fraud lawsuit from Monster against Beats dismissed in summary judgement; Corning's Gorilla Glass SR+ is for wearable devices; Acer has a new gaming monitor with eye tracking tech; spy pic of iPhone 7 Plus spec sheet shows 256GB storage and Lightning-based EarPods; the new Siri in iOS 10 reviewed at the WSJ, and ZDNet.

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  • "Irish cabinet may need more time to decide on Apple appeal: minister/Ireland's cabinet may be given more time to decide on whether to back the finance minister's recommendation that Dublin appeal the European Commission's ruling against its tax dealings with Apple, another minister said on Wednesday." Reuters 7:35 AM
  • "EU Tax Bill Is Latest Hit to Apple's Fortunes: CEO Tim Cook faces worries over declining iPhone sales ahead of launch next week" [Paid Membership Required] 7:53 AM
  • "At Issue in Apple-EU Tax Case: Did Ireland Take Enough? Apple Inc. has a major international division and nearly 6,000 employees in Ireland" [Paid Membership Required] 7:52 AM
  • "Yesterday, Outraged by Apple's Tax Dodge. Today, by Its Tax Bill. American lawmakers have for years been assailing companies for dodging taxes with overseas maneuvers. But now that the European Union has done something about it by trying to wrest back billions of dollars from Apple, those officials have offered a response viewed by many as rife with hypocrisy: collective outrage." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 9:07 AM
  • "Fact-Checking Apple's Claims on E.U. Tax Ruling" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:37 AM
  • "Apple's €13bn bill swamps its EU tax filings" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:39 AM
  • "Apple Argues Paying More Than A 0.005% Tax Rate Is 'Unfair'" Forbes 7:46 AM
  • "Irish cabinet meets as Dublin reels over shock Apple tax ruling" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:40 AM
  • "Eurosceptics are salivating at the idea of 'Irexit' after Apple's shock €13 billion EU-Ireland tax bill" Tech Insider 8:40 AM
  • "Apple, Congress and the Missing Taxes" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:37 AM
  • "Apple Ireland Ruling Could Be the End of Easy European Tax Deals" Bloomberg 8:19 AM
  • "Mossberg: The post-Jobs Apple has soared financially, but lacks a breakthrough product/It's still too soon to judge the Tim Cook era."  Recode 8:15 AM
  • "Apple Adds New $19.99 Per Month 2TB iCloud Storage Tier" MacTrast 8:15 AM
  • "Apple's iCloud gets 2TB Storage Tier Ahead of iPhone Launch" The Mac Observer 10:03 AM
  • "Transmission BitTorrent client infected with malware...¬†AGAIN" Mac Kung Fu 8:13 AM
  • "Journaly review: A good Mac journal app that might be great one day" Macworld 8:41 AM
  • "Setting up NetBoot with Network Home Folders: How to use the NetBoot service with network Home Folders and Open Directory user accounts." Macworld 8:26 AM
  • "OS X: Use a Keyboard Shortcut for Display Mirroring" The Mac Observer 8:42 AM
  • "Using Safari Private Windows To Log In With Multiple Accounts" MacMost 10:20 AM
  • "WoW Legion is out on Mac (61% faster thanks to Metal)" Mac Gamer HQ 8:12 AM
  • "Try A Free Vector Graphics Design Tool And Test Your Language Skills" TeraTalks 7:48 AM
  • "This Free Mac Notes App Goes Everywhere" Mac360 7:48 AM
Press Releases
  • "CloudMounter: Your ultimate cloud manager for Mac with support for FTP, SFTP and WebDAV protocols." Eltima Software [4-page PDF] 8:01 AM
  • "Mac 3D News: Allegorithmic Adds Design Industry First to Substance Designer 5.5" Architosh 7:40 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Beats beats lawsuit claiming fraud before $3.2B sale to Apple: Summary judgment dismisses claims that Beats co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine duped a former partner into relinquishing control of the line of headphones."  CNET 7:52 AM
  • "Judge tosses key claims in Monster lawsuit against Beats" AppleInsider 8:24 AM
  • "Court rejects Monster founder's claim that Beats tricked him out of his share of Apple's $3B" 9to5Mac 8:25 AM
  • "Apple sued because of iPhone 6 Touch Disease" DailyTech 8:12 AM
  • "The streaming music war is getting ugly: Fans waited four years for Frank Ocean to put out a followup to his Grammy-winning album Channel Orange, but when he finally released it this month, some listeners were upset to learn it was only streaming on Apple Music." CNNMoney 8:39 AM
  • "iPads As Effective As Sedatives Prior To Anesthesia For Kids" Digital Trends 10:46 AM
  • "Tablet industry shrinks as Apple preps its iPad comeback" Computerworld 10:03 AM
  • "Techies are furious Apple chose Jessica Alba to star in its new reality show about apps" Business Insider 10:05 AM
  • "1999's Artwork and Guidelines for the Mac Logo" 512 Pixels 10:43 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: iMac G5 takes a page out of the iPod's playbook" Cult of Mac 8:41 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Why I started asking permission before sharing my kids' photos on Facebook" Chicago Tribune [Free Registration Required] 10:46 AM
  • "Corning unveils Gorilla Glass SR+ for wearable devices" DigiTimes 8:40 AM
  • "Corning's latest Gorilla Glass will make wearables tougher: It's based on a new type of glass called Project Phire." Engadget 8:30 AM
  • "Garmin's newest smartwatch slims down, but packs on features" Engadget 8:30 AM
  • "ASUS' Zenwatch 3 is fast and round" Engadget 8:30 AM
  • "Acer's Predator XB271HUT display has built-in eye-tracking tech from Tobii" Mashable 8:40 AM
  • "Acer's Pawbo gadgets will let you play with your pets when you're away from home" TechHive 8:18 AM
  • "Dropbox made you change your password because 68 million accounts were hacked" IDG News Service 7:56 AM
  • "Samsung suspends Galaxy Note 7 shipments after phones explode while charging" BGR 8:18 AM
  • "Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 shipments delayed due to quality testing" Reuters 7:38 AM
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 082 | iPhone 7 event expectations, Apple Watch 2 leaks, iOS 9.3.5 and more" 9to5Mac 10:12 AM
  • "Spec Sheet Shows iPhone 7 Plus With 256GB Storage and Lightning EarPods" MacRumors 8:26 AM
  • "iPhone 7 to come with wireless 'AirPods' after Apple ditches headphone jack" Telegraph 8:19 AM
  • "Leaked Photo of 256GB 'iPhone 7 Plus' Spec Sheet Shows Lightning Earpods, Lightning to Headphone Jack Adapter" MacTrast 8:15 AM
  • "iPhone 7 leak suggests lightning EarPods AND headphone jack incoming" The Next Web 8:22 AM
  • "Is Apple Inc. Preparing a Massive Mac Overhaul?" The Motley Fool 10:22 AM
  • "Apple and Samsung Pushing Memory Demand, but for How Long?" Market Realist 8:41 AM
  • "Orders for iris recognition chips to boost Xintec 2017 revenues, says report" DigiTimes 10:06 AM
  • "Latest rumor pegs secure iris scanner for Apple's 2017 iPhone" AppleInsider 10:06 AM
  • "Mirle develops forming equipment for 3D curved glass chassis, says report" DigiTimes 8:45 AM
  • "Mirle readying equipment for curved glass chassis on 2017 iPhones - report" AppleInsider 8:45 AM
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  • "The Best iPhone Camera Add-On Just Learned a Ton of New Tricks" Wired 8:46 AM
  • "Review: Nuvyyo Tablo Over-the-Air Television DVR" iLounge 10:09 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Siri Takes Charge of Your Apps in iOS 10: We used Apple's voice-controlled assistant to send messages with LinkedIn and make mobile payments with Square Cash" [Paid Membership Required] 7:53 AM
  • "Apple iOS 10: First look at improved Siri shows better control of third-party apps" ZDNet 7:35 AM
  • "How to customize Siri on your iPhone or iPad in iOS 10" iMore 8:23 AM
  • "How to use optimized storage for Music in iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad" iMore 8:23 AM
  • "How to adjust your iPhone's brightness settings" iMore 8:23 AM
  • "How To Remove Pegasus Spyware From Infected iOS Devices" Redmond Pie 8:19 AM
  • "Sunrise is dead, and so is the dream of an excellent calendar app" The Verge 9:07 AM
  • "Unclogging Apple's Clogged Product Pipeline" Mac360 8:26 AM
  • "Who Chases Whom? Apple's A-Series CPU vs. Intel's 7th Generation Core CPUs" NoodleMac 8:19 AM
  • "Don't Over-Simplify Women's Lack of Interest in Smartwatches" Tech.pinions 8:14 AM
  • "iPhone And iPad: Sedative, Drug, Or Posture Crippling Electronics?" Mac360 8:11 AM
  • "Clash Over Apple's Break Could Heavily Tax the EU: The battle over Apple's tax break could succeed where other crises have failed and break the EU apart." TheStreet 10:20 AM
  • "Apple Falls Victim To Rapidly Changing Public Mood" Forbes 9:08 AM
  • "Why Apple's $14.5 Billion Tax Fine Is Worse for Shareholders Than it Looks" Fortune 8:31 AM
  • "Apple's effective Irish tax rate of 0.005% described as 'brazen' and 'unsustainable'" 9to5Mac 8:24 AM
  • "Why the Ruling against Apple could have Negative Impact on EU's Future" Tech.pinions [Insider Content] 8:14 AM
  • "What's really at stake in EU battle: Apple's brand image/Technically Incorrect: It's not so much about the money. It's about Apple being viewed as the bad guy." CNET 7:51 AM
  • "When Apple Ditches The Headphone Jack In iPhone 7, What About The Earphones?" BohemianBoomer 8:03 AM
  • "iPhone 7 Launch Will Smash Smartphone Competition"  Forbes 7:46 AM
  • "Who Cares About the Headphone Jack? This Is What iPhone 7 Needs" PC Magazine 7:35 AM
  • "Why isn't your old phone getting Nougat? There's blame enough to go around" Ars Technica 10:11 AM
  • "Closing the tech gender gap: How women can negotiate a higher salary/Women age 18-25 working in tech make 29% less than their male counterparts, according to a new report. Here are some tips to improve negotiation tactics and get paid what you deserve." TechRepublic 7:58 AM
  • "The Samsung Galaxy Note7 Will Appeal To Business End Users - A 30 Day Review" Forbes 7:45 AM
  • "How blockchain technology can transform our world" ZDNet 7:35 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "How to get the Apple Watch woven nylon band look for less" iMore 10:46 AM
  • "Instagram now lets you zoom in on photos on iOS" TechCrunch 10:20 AM
  • "BMW now includes a $300 CarPlay option on almost all its vehicles in US" 9to5Mac 10:09 AM
  • "B&O announces two new AirPlay speakers with 360-degree sound, the BeoSound 1 & 2" 9to5Mac 8:24 AM
  • "Tippy Train - Crazy Addictive New Runaway Train Game for iPhone" prMac 8:24 AM
  • "LanGo for iOS - New App for Learning Japanese with Smart Flashcards" prMac 8:24 AM
  • "LastThink Releases Online Mauritius TV 4.5 for iOS" prMac 8:24 AM
  • "Sshh! Logitech's new silent mice keep noise pollution out of the office" CNET 7:52 AM
  • "Have a fantastic trip to one of the most beautiful countries. Travel to France and unlock its secrets through a series of puzzles set in the capital city of Paris" Notus Games 7:40 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Say hello to old friend Dell Technologies on Sept. 7: Dell will complete its acquisition of EMC on Sept. 7, ending nearly a year of approvals and decades of history for the two companies that will combine to become Dell Technologies." IDG News Service 10:25 AM
  • "Dell deal for EMC overcomes last hurdle and will be completed next week" Computing 10:25 AM
  • "Michael Dell emphasises long-term gains from EMC deal" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:40 AM
  • "Microsoft to Sell MSN China Web Portal: Agrees to sell business through a management buyout" [Paid Membership Required] 7:54 AM
  • "6 Reasons The Xbox One S Is More Important Than Even Microsoft Seems To Think It Is" Forbes 10:21 AM
  • "Microsoft's beta language service gets C# dev kit" The Register 7:47 AM
  • "IBM selected to provide integration platform for the ANU" Delimiter 10:26 AM
  • "HPE yawns, stretches, and patches January OpenSSH bug in virtual access products" The Register 7:47 AM
  • "How Will Intel Leverage ARM Partnership to Grow in IoT Space?" Market Realist 8:30 AM
  • "IBM Guides Partners Through Journey To Recurring Revenue" CRN 10:25 AM
  • "Watson Goes To The US Open To Bring Fans Closer To The Tennis Action" Forbes 10:06 AM
  • "Oracle is target of short-term put buyer" optionMonster 8:29 AM
  • "Cisco to Acquire ContainerX for Container Management" Zacks 9:08 AM
  • "Cisco is the new container for ContainerX" The Register 7:47 AM
  • "Enterprise storage is a stagnant – and slightly smelly – pond" The Register 7:47 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Clash Over Apple's Tax Break Could Make or Break the EU" RealMoney 8:42 AM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stock futures edge lower as ADP jobs report proves solid: ADP employment report shows a gain of 177,000 in August" MarketWatch 8:47 AM
  • "Stocks Pare Losses; Fed Officials Hint at September Hike: The Federal Reserve's second rate hike since the Great Recession could come as soon as next month." TheStreet 8:47 AM
  • "Stocks open tad lower in last day of quiet Aug." USA Today 8:47 AM
  • "Stocks Drift as Dollar Strengthens Further: Bank shares climb on hopes for a rise in interest rates" [Paid Membership Required] 8:46 AM
  • "Nikkei bucks downward trend in Asia markets, boosted by weak yen: Japan's exporters get a lift from currency weakness" MarketWatch 8:46 AM
  • "European stocks get a lift from German banks: Eurozone inflation flat; Bouygues shares rise after financial update" MarketWatch 8:46 AM

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