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No Big Deal, But Google May Have Invented a Game to Get Kids’ Social Security Numbers
The Leaky New York Times Paywall & How Google Limits Led To Search Engine Limits
G.E.’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether
General Electric is among the corporations most skilled at avoiding taxes, to the extent that the Treasury owes it money.
The company reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States.
Its American tax bill? None. In fact, G.E. claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion.
That may be hard to fathom for the millions of American business owners and households now preparing their own returns, but low taxes are nothing new for G.E. The company has been cutting the percentage of its American profits paid to the Internal Revenue Service for years, resulting in a far lower rate than at most multinational companies.
Its extraordinary success is based on an aggressive strategy that mixes fierce lobbying for tax breaks and innovative accounting that enables it to concentrate its profits offshore. G.E.’s giant tax department, led by a bow-tied former Treasury official named John Samuels, is often referred to as the world’s best tax law firm. Indeed, the company’s slogan “Imagination at Work” fits this department well. The team includes former officials not just from the Treasury, but also from the I.R.S. and virtually all the tax-writing committees in Congress.
Oxford English Dictionary Adds LOL to Its Pages – Idiots
Court Orders Unclassified Docs Sealed
BBC World Service to sign funding deal with US state department
Low six-figure investment will aim to help combat censorship of TV and internet services in countries including Iran and China
Google accuses China of interfering with Gmail email system
For The First Time Ever The Fed Must Reveal Which Big Banks Took Emergency Loans From The Discount Window
Fed Must Release Bank Loan Data as High Court Rejects Appeal
“An Internal Brain Drain”
South Park’s Matt Stone On SEE THIS MPAA’s Power Abuse and Censorship
Appeals Court Revives Lawsuit Challenging NSA Surveillance of Americans
FBI center takes on $1 billion ID project
ISHINOMAKI, Japan — Nobody tweeted or blogged or e-mailed. They didn’t telephone either. Bereft of electricity, gasoline and gas, this tsunami-traumatized town did things the really old-fashioned way — with pen and paper.
Dozens of exploits released for popular SCADAprograms
Google Inc. (GOOG)’s $125 million settlement with publishers and authors was rejected today by a U.S. judge who said the deal to create the world’s biggest digital book library would be unfair to authors.
Righthaven Bastards Get Beat!
Copyright troll Righthaven achieves spectacular “fair use” loss
Whoops—in its bid to sue hundreds of bloggers, commentors, and website operators from posting even a few sentences from newspaper stories, the copyright zealots at Righthaven have just scored an own goal. Last Friday, a federal judge ruled in one of the company’s many lawsuits, saying that even the complete republication of copyrighted newspaper content can be “fair use.”
Senators to Apple: Pull iPhone DUI checkpoint alert apps
Paper: A Dysfunctional Role of High FrequencyTrading in Electronic Markets
Phony SSL Certificates issued for Google, Yahoo,Skype, Others
Did file-sharing cause recording industry collapse? Economists say no
Some In The Press Realizing That Copyright Industry Claims Of ‘Losses’ From ‘Piracy’ Are Bunk
(shows how stupid the press it and has been all these years and why you get your news from the net, from trusted sources like NetHappenings Newsletter)
Why Is Vodafone Spreading False Copyright Propaganda?
FOX to Be Fined by FCC for Fake News; CMD’s Complaint on “Video News Releases” Nets New Proposed Fines
Cornell Library Rejects Non-Disclosures On Journal Pricing; Will Reveal All Prices
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