Back in June, the European Commission started sniffing around Apple’s tax arrangements in Ireland, to see whether the Irish government’s acceptance of the firm’s elaborate tax avoidance tricks amounted to unlawful state aid. According to a Sunday Financial Times report, the Commission now has its preliminary findings and will this week formally accuse Apple of benefiting from illicit state aid over the course of two decades. The iPhone maker reportedly pays less than two percent tax in Ireland, where its international operations are headquartered. If Apple is shown to have received special treatment that’s denied to other companies, the firm could be liable for billions of euros in fines. Apple denies the allegations.

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One of the benefits of being ‘old’ is that my expectations for 3D printing have been remarkably accurate. I remember when ‘desktop publishing’ first put (not very good) low cost graphic design tools into the hands of amateurs. For a while in the late 80s early…

Slack, one of the many startups making a name for itself in the work-collaboration space, today said it acquired the two-man, bootstrapped startup Spaces for an undisclosed amount. Spaces’ core product is a sharable document in which users can collaborate together with graphics, text, annotations and other work-related items; with Slack providing a chat platform that aims to centralize an enterprise’s work into one locale, the deal makes sense. Slack’s rise to startup stardom highlights the importance major cloud providers are putting on work-collaboration tools, like Amazon’s Zocalo product; Slack is also putting the pressure on Box and Dropbox who have both been boosting their workflow-management features in recent months.

A group of European privacy regulators has sent Google suggestions for complying with EU data protection rules. As Reuters reported Friday, the Article 29 Working Party wrote to Google CEO Larry Page to remind him that, you know, the law is the law. Various national regulators have already fined Google ineffective amounts for privacy violations, and Google received a draft of the guidelines in July. The recommendations are therefore very familiar: Have a clear privacy policy that tells people in plain language what Google does with their data and why, make sure users consciously opt in to having their data mixed and matched between services, and so on. Chance of compliance without heftier fines enabled by new legislation? Zero.

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