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By Ingrid Melander PARIS (Reuters) - France will 'go all the way' to ensure that multinationals operating on its soil pay their taxes and more cases could follow after Google and McDonald's were targeted by tax raids, Finance Minister Michel Sapin said. Sapin, speaking in an interview with Reuters and three European newspapers, ruled out negotiating any deal with Google on back taxes, as Britain did in January. Dozens of French police raided Google's Paris headquarters on Tuesday, escalating an investigation on suspicions of tax evasion.
WWE superstar Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been confirmed to star as pulp hero Doc Savage in an upcoming film.
It's an excellent time to take a look at the Red Planet as it makes its closest approach to Earth in 11 years.
Unlike the earlier Wear 2100 chip meant for multi-purpose devices, the new chip is designed for low-power performance and use in wearables with a more focused feature set.
Qualcomm has announced a new Snapdragon processor at Computex as the chipmaker aims to extend its presence in the wearables market. The Snapdragon Wear 1100 complements the Snapdragon Wear 2100 announced a few months ago; while that processor was designed for smartwatches, the 1100 is intended for use in simpler "targeted-function" devices with less functionality like fitness trackers, smart headsets, and location-aware gadgets for kids and the elderly.
Messaging apps with data on Iranian users have been ordered by the Iranian government to store that data on servers in Iran.
The former US Attorney General who wanted to send whistleblower Edward Snowden to prison has tempered his view.
If you're Samsung and you want to wring additional cash out of your television business, what do you do? Add annoying advertisements to TVs that people already have in their homes, apparently. The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung is readying the European expansion of an initiative it started in the United States last June: adding interactive advertisements to the menu bars of its high-end smart TVs. The impact isn't going to be limited just to customers buying new Samsung televisions, either, as the company reportedly plans to use software updates to retroactively bring the ads to older models that people already have in their homes.
Sony is bringing its E3 briefing to cinemas across the US, Canada and Latin America, to be viewed live.
One day we will tell our children, "Phones used to come with a headphone jack and a charging port." They'll guffaw, but then they'll look deep in our somber eyes and know we tell the truth. "We will learn from your mistakes and become stronger," your children will say.
The brick wall is so yesterday. A perfectly coiffed cat is set to be the new king of Internet optical illusions.
Apple is being sued by Caltech for using Wi-Fi chips that allegedly infringe on four of the university's patents. In a lawsuit filed last Thursday, Caltech argued that Apple knowingly used and advertised gains from patented technology in almost all of its major products from the iPhone 5 forward. Caltech is hoping to block sales of those products and to recover damages from the infringement.
Technically Incorrect: In comments taped for British TV, the famed physicist has no kind words for the presumptive Republican nominee.
In a Silicon Valley culture known for brilliant ideas boiling up in coffee shops, Gaurav Chawla is pouring his heart into chai. Chawla said his friends at Microsoft have told him of the US software giant having people with chai-making skills come in to prepare the tea for employees.
Eric Holder, who really wanted to put Edward Snowden in jail, now says he performed a ‘public service’
Edward Snowden performed a "public service" by prompting changes to the US government's mass surveillance programs, says former US Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder still thinks that Snowden's decision to leak classified documents was "inappropriate and illegal," but — now one year out of office — Holder's view of Snowden seems to have shifted in a substantial way. "We can certainly argue about the way in which Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged in and by the changes that we made," Holder said on the CNN-produced podcast The Axe Files.
It's Memorial Day weekend and the summer has officially kicked off — and it'll likely be scorching hot. If you're going to the beach to freshen up, there's something the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants you to know: don't take selfies with seals. The NOAA recently said in a press release that seal pupping season is underway in New England, but finding cute baby seals on the beach should not entice you to approach them and take a selfie.
After striking it big on the Kentucky Derby, Unanimous AI is unleashing its human-based artificial intelligence, UNU, to the masses to pick sports and politics.
On Saturday, NASA successfully completed the deployment of the first expandable habitat on the International Space Station. With help from the ground, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams began inflating the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) at 9:04AM ET. Time in between allowed the BEAM to expand and stabilize, as the NASA and Bigelow Aerospace teams monitored the module's internal pressure.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has signed on to play one of the earliest superheroes: Doc Savage, who's said to be an inspiration for Superman. A film adaptation of Doc Savage was announced back in 2013, but apparently it's only now getting off the ground. Shane Black, the beloved action movie writer and director of Iron Man 3, is on board to direct.
Three people have been killed in floods in the southwestern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and a young girl was killed by a train as she took shelter from the rain under a railway bridge. A man who was around 60 years old died in an underground car park which filled with water before he was able to escape, said Carsten Dehner, a spokesman at Baden-Wuerttemberg's interior ministry. Elsewhere in Baden-Wuerttemberg, local police said a 13-year-old girl who was probably seeking shelter under a railway bridge was hit and killed by an Intercity train.
Technically Incorrect: The owners of a Salt Lake City apartment building change the tenancy agreement and give tenants five days to like the building on Facebook. Or else.
The Scoop app connects drivers and riders to carpool together for a more efficient commute, and perhaps listen to Salt-N-Pepa's "Shoop" on the car stereo.
Himeji and Matsumoto are two of the most famous Japanese castles. One mostly white, one mostly black, and both are magnificent inside and out. Here's a tour of both, in photos and 360 video.
SAE TIR J2954, if accepted and implemented on a wide scale, will ensure wireless charging works on all vehicles that follow the standard.