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Apple will pay $38 billion U.S. repatriation tax on $245 billion in overseas profits

Apple will pay $38 billion U.S. repatriation tax on $245 billion in overseas profits

A small surprise was nestled in the middle of Apple’s announcement of a $350 billion contribution to the U.S. economy today: Apple confirmed that it will repatriate the giant pile of cash it has held overseas. According to the release, Apple expects to pay approximately $38 billion in U.S. repatriation taxes, which means that it will be using a special corporate tax break to repatriate approximately $245 billion in profits created outside the country.
Apple accelerates US investment and job creation

Apple accelerates US investment and job creation

Cupertino, California — Apple today announced a new set of investments to build on its commitment to support the American economy and its workforce, concentrated in three areas where Apple has had the greatest impact on job creation: direct employment by Apple, spending and investment with Apple’s domestic suppliers and manufacturers, and fueling the fast-growing app economy which Apple created with iPhone and the App Store.
Facebook feed change sacrifices time spent and news outlets for ‘well-being’

Facebook feed change sacrifices time spent and news outlets for ‘well-being’

Facebook is making a huge change to its News Feed algorithm to prioritize friends and posts that spark comments between them at the expense of public content, news outlets and, importantly, the total time spent and ads you see on the social network.
EXCLUSIVE: Facebook Dives into Home Device Market with Video Chat Product Named "Portal"

EXCLUSIVE: Facebook Dives into Home Device Market with Video Chat Product Named "Portal"

Facebook is about to jump into the consumer hardware business in a big way with a video chat device named "Portal," which will put it in direct competition with Amazon’s hugely popular line of Echo voice-controlled devices, Cheddar has learned. The device is designed to work in the home and represents Facebook’s first serious foray into selling consumer hardware, people familiar with the matter said. Rather than position the device as a smart assistant akin to Amazon’s Echo speakers
Apple releases iOS 11.2.2 for iPhone and iPad, supplemental macOS 10.13.2 security update [u]

Apple releases iOS 11.2.2 for iPhone and iPad, supplemental macOS 10.13.2 security update [u]

Escalating its response to the processor vulnerabilities revealed recently, Apple has made iOS 11.2.2 available for the iPhone and iPad, and has issued a supplementary security update for macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 to further deal with the "Meltdown" attack vector and the "Spectre" vulnerability for the first time.
First Amazon Alexa-Enabled Digital Glasses to Debut at CES

First Amazon Alexa-Enabled Digital Glasses to Debut at CES

The first augmented-reality glasses with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant will be shown next week at CES in Las Vegas -- manufactured by a 75-employee company rather than the e-commerce giant’s growing devices division. Vuzix Corp. will show off a pair of smart glasses that can talk to Amazon.com Inc.’s voice-activated digital assistant and display information to the wearer’s field of view, Vuzix Chief Executive Officer Paul Travers said in an interview.
Some apps were listening to you through the smartphone’s mic to track your TV viewing, says report

Some apps were listening to you through the smartphone’s mic to track your TV viewing, says report

There may be a reason why that ol’ “Facebook is listening to you talk” conspiracy theory refuses to die – and not just because Facebook’s ad technology has gotten so good, it’s downright creepy. As it turns out, some apps are actually listening. Well, kind of! According to a recent report from The NYT, a number of apps using software from a company called Alphonso use the smartphone’s microphone to listen for audio signals in TV ads and programs, then sometimes even connect that data with places you visit or the movies you go see.
YouTube is equally to blame for Logan Paul’s video

YouTube is equally to blame for Logan Paul’s video

It appears that YouTube is more responsible for the first crisis of the year on its video platform than was initially thought. Yesterday, the internet was rightly outraged by news that YouTube star Logan Paul, who has 15 million subscribers and is part of YouTube’s Red subscription service, posted and later deleted a video that included extensive footage of a suicide victim filmed at Japan’s ‘Suicide Forest’.
Steve Wozniak: Apple Wasn't Really Founded In a Garage

Steve Wozniak: Apple Wasn't Really Founded In a Garage

Lesser-known Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak recently sat down with Reddit for a video interview, and a more traditional AMA. Among the nuggets of wisdom: the Apple Watch lineup is “too complicated”, and Apple’s garage origins is partly a myth. There’s a few good, hard-hitting questions in the AMA that Wozniak took the time to answer.
HQ Trivia is coming soon to Android

HQ Trivia is coming soon to Android

HQ Trivia is letting Android users pre-register for the live-streamed trivia game built by the makers of Vine, Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll. Pre-registering means you’ll get notified the moment HQ Trivia is available for download. HQ, which opened up pre-registration on December 24, had previously marketed its Android app as being available “this Christmas.” To me, that means it was supposed to be available by Christmas. But apparently that’s not what HQ Trivia meant.


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