— Alexandra Ryan (@alexandryan) September 27, 2013
Marie O’Gorman (left), from Walkinstown, Co. Dublin and Dorothy Harrington, from Sandymount, Co. Dublin at Google’s Dublin HQ today..
Google and Age Action have once again joined forces to find Irelands top ‘silver surfers’.
YOU have until the 15th of September to “nominate an older person who
wishes to be patronised in this manner has embraced new technology”.
*”Ma, get in here”*
Picture: Jason Clarke
Bluebox Security, a stealth security startup claims to have discovered a flaw in Google’s Android operating system which can enable rogue apps to gain full access to the Android system, read all data, harvest passwords and create a botnet and also turn any legitimate application into a malicious Trojan, completely unnoticed by the app store, the phone, or the end user.
Potentially, this could affect any Android phone manufactured in the last 4 years, some 900 million devices.
The flaw enables a hacker to modify the Master Key or APK code without breaking the cryptographic signature. A hacker could have access to any or all permissions on a device.
Everyone stay cool.
What are they building in there?
The company had told [MP Margaret] Hodge’s committee that its advertising sales take place in Ireland, rather than the UK, an argument which she described as “deeply unconvincing and has been undermined by information from whistleblowers, including ex-employees of Google, who told us that UK-based staff are engaged in selling”.
Concluding that Google’s Irish employees simply processed the bills, Hodge said that Google adopted a “highly contrived tax arrangement that has no purpose other than to enable the company to avoid UK corporation tax”.
Google generated around £11.5bn in revenue from the UK between 2006 and 2011, but paid just £10m in corporation tax, found the PAC report.
*sinks into beanbag*
Yesterday: Google Office Envy Latest
Pic Steven Cooper
Miniature coding computers for others.
Google’s PR people do not go home early on a Bank Holiday Friday.
Google has announced a new partnership with Trinity College Dublin which it says will “radically change” the way computers are taught in Irish schools.
It will provide 1,000 teachers with miniature coding computers which Google says will help students learn the skills needed in the digital economy.
The internet giant is undertaking the partnership to mark 10 years in Ireland and will provide €1.5 million in funding to the project. It aims to affect a significant long-term change through “innovative educational interventions focused on the second-level system.
One and a half million Euros.
And a half.
Pics: Panaramoi and Google
Google’s ‘north Europe” boss explains the art of selling but not closing.
Anyone want to see second prize?.
Brittin maintained [before UK MPs] that no one working for Google UK had the authority to close a sale – that power lay only with Google Ireland. “Calling someone a ‘sales rep’ is not the issue here,” he said. He denied misleading parliament in November when he told MPs: “Nobody [in the UK] is selling.”
But in an extraordinary series of admissions – during almost an hour of testimony – he said he understood how MPs, the public, some large advertisers on Google and even some of the 300 Google UK staff dealing with British advertisers might feel the group was negotiating and closing deals in the UK.
Nevertheless, Brittin repeatedly insisted that, for tax purposes, all such transactions were with Google Ireland. “The UK team are selling, but they are not closing … People here [in the UK] cannot sell what they don’t own,” he said.
John Dixon, head of tax at Ernst & Young, said tests to determine whether an Irish company should be taxed in the UK were broader than that. An Irish company also became liable for UK tax if agents on its behalf were in effect negotiating and closing a deal. He said he could not comment directly on Google’s affairs because the search company was a client.
Meanwhile, at a tax conference in Australia:
[Federal assistant treasurer] David Bradburyexplained how Google and others, quite legitimately, use a system called the “double Irish Dutch sandwich” to transfer revenue through a three-stage series of financial shuffles and end up paying less than 12.5 per cent on the transaction overall.
He said that after a report this year quoted Google Australia’s annual income tax bill as being as little as $74,176, “a spokesman for Google asserted that the correct figure was $781,471″.
advertising revenue from Australia has been estimated by media analysts to be over $1 billion per annum.”
(Graphic: The Australian)
“Meanwhile, Ireland, already an attractive destination for multinational companies, is making it even easier for them to avoid taxes.”
“Last year, for example, Irish revenue authorities agreed to let Google make billions of dollars in royalty payments directly to a Bermuda subsidiary, helping to cut the company’s tax bill by at least $2 billion a year, according to U.S. and overseas securities filings. Previously, Google had routed those payments through a shell company in the Netherlands to avoid a 20 percent Irish withholding tax on payments destined for island havens. According to a person with knowledge of the arrangement, Ireland agreed to accept an additional tax well below 20 percent in exchange for the favorable treatment.“
Jesse Drucker on Bloomberg.
Previously: Anything Good Behind The FT Paywall?
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