France Is Ready to Negotiate With Google Over Back Taxes

France is ready to negotiate a deal with Google over back taxes, budget minister Gerald Darmanin told financial daily Les Echos on Monday. A French court ruled this month that Google was not liable to pay 1.1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) in back taxes demanded by French authorities. Though Darmanin had announced previously that the government would appeal against that ruling he told Les Echoes: “Nobody wants a long legal process that delays the recovery of back taxes. If Google is ready for sincere talks … our door is open.” Reuters was unable to contact a Google France representative for immediate comment outside business hours. The French finance ministry considers… Read More

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Seattle startup debuts Alexa skill that helps hotel guests and staff call for help in emergencies

An Echo Dot at the Alexis Hotel in Seattle. (Photo via React Mobile) There are countless emergency situations — from cardiac arrest to a suspected intruder — which can make it difficult to call for help using a phone. But until recently, there weren’t many other options for sending an SOS, short of asking your trusty collie to bring back reinforcements. But like Lassie before her, Alexa is now able to get help in an emergency. This week, Seattle safety tech company React Mobile and Volara, which makes voice-controlled tools for the hospitality industry, are announcing an Alexa-powered safety feature for hotel guests and staff. The joint solution allows people… Read More

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The Porsche Design Huawei Watch is a beautiful, useless device

The first thing you should know: the Huawei Watch 2 isn’t good. The second thing you should know: the Porsche Design Huawei Watch 2 is very pretty. This is the crossroads we find ourselves at. Huawei announced the Porsche Design collaboration back in February, but there was no info on the price or release date. The watch, which has the same internals as the standard Huawei Watch 2 features a stainless steel case, a hybrid strap with red stitching, and custom watchfaces created by Porsche Design. Lionel Messi seems* to like it. It also comes with an exorbitant price tag of €795 ($925) and no US release date. Should you… Read More

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This ring turns your finger into a phone

Last year I got to check out Sgnl, a wristwatch that subtly vibrates your wrist to send audio through your finger bones and into your ear bones. “Bone conduction,” as it’s known in the professional literature. It worked, kind of. It wasn’t very loud, and the audio wasn’t as good as a Bluetooth headset. But I could hear stuff, for sure. Orii is a new Kickstarter (via Engadget) with a similar idea, but it cuts out the middleman: you wear it as a ring on your finger, so the vibration has a shorter distance to travel. Of course, putting a ring the size of a Bluetooth headset on your index… Read More

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Facebook acquires Source3 to get content creators paid

Facebook is on the cusp of a big push to lure independent content creators to share their art through the News Feed. But it needs to prove it can help creators monetize their content without allowing piracy to run rampant. That’s why it’s acquired content rights management startup Source3, including its team and technology. The startup explains that “At Source3, we set out… Read More …read more Source:: TechCrunch

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