European Union Orders Apple To Pay Ireland $14.5B For “Illegal” Tax Savings

Apple and Ireland say that they’ll contest a decision by the European Union today ordering the tech colossus to pay the country $14.5 billion in back taxes for what regulators call “illegal tax benefits” on its European profits.
Ireland “enabled it to pay substantially less tax than other businesses over many years,” says EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who oversees competition policy. The “selective treatment allowed Apple to pay an effective corporate tax rate of 1%…


Sonos Is Adding Third-Party App Support, Teaming Up With Amazon for Voice Control

Sonos is finally going beyond its own app: Spotify users will soon be able to control their Sonos speakers straight from the Spotify app, the company announced at an event in New York Tuesday. Support for Spotify Connect will be added “in the coming weeks,” said Sonos head of Software development Antoine LeBlond. Previously, Sonos owners had… Read more »

Want to Listen To Some New Music On Spotify? Be Prepared to Hit the Paywall

Et tu, Spotify? First reported here by sources close to the company barely 1 year ago, the New York Post is now reporting that music streaming leader Spotify is now releasing brand new music, which is always a good thing, but not if you’re a free subscriber to the service. We first reported in 2015 […]

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Damon Dash Planning “Brutally Honest” Roc-A-Fella Records TV Drama

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - June 12:   Hip hop artists Snoop Dogg poses for photographers with Damon Dash and Jay Z at game 4 of the 2002 NBA Finals between the New Jersey Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers on June 12, 2002 at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)The breakup of the Roc-A-Fella Records dynasty is one of the great recent tragedies in the world of pop music, and we could soon see a TV series about it. The breakup went down when Jay Z split with label co-founders Damon Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke in 2005, and now Deadline reports that … More »