Epson, Apple face French legal pressure over planned obsolescence (update)

Google is being taken to court, accused of collecting the personal data of millions of users, in the first mass legal action of its kind in the UK.It focuses on allegations that Google unlawfully harvested information from 5.4 million UK users by bypassing privacy settings on their iPhones.The group taking action - Google You Owe Us - is led by ex-Which director Richard Lloyd.He estimates the users could get as much as "several hundred pounds each".The case centres on how Google used cookies - small pieces of computer text that are used to collect information from devices in order to…... [read more]

The bloc's competition watchdog, Margrethe Vestager, will hold a press conference at 1000 GMT in which sources told AFP she is set to announce the European Commission's findings on the case.Brussels launched an inquiry three years ago into tax breaks that Ireland offered iPhone-maker Apple, in one of a series of anti-trust cases targeting major US corporations that have angered Washington.A European source speaking on condition of anonymity said they "understand it could be billions" that Apple is expected to repay.Apple and Ireland are both expected to appeal against any decision which rules that the highly competitive tax breaks that…... [read more]

The figure is down 4.45 percent from the 2013 estimate but it is still a tough task for the city considering a slew of new policies that can affect collection of taxes and fees, according to Director of the municipal Department of Finance Dao Thi Huong Lan. Speaking at a conference on January 2 on measures to carry out tasks in the New Year, Lan cited the amended Law on Corporate Income Tax as an example. Under the law, corporate income tax is revised down to 22 percent from the previous 25 percent. The value-added tax (VAT) has also been cut,…... [read more]

SYDNEY — Australia's opposition Labor party introduced a bill into parliament on Monday aimed at legalising same-sex marriage, stepping up pressure on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow a conscience vote on the issue.Building on the momentum of Ireland's recent successful referendum, the legislation plans to replace the current definition of marriage as an act between "man and woman" with the words "two people". "This parliament can change a law that no longer describes modern Australia and pass a law of which we can all be proud," Labor leader Bill Shorten said in tabling the proposal."Let us delay no more.…... [read more]

The Vietnamese Ministry of Transport has ordered American ride-hailing app Uber to stop providing its service in the Southeast Asian country or cooperate with local vehicle owners and transport companies. According to Nguyen Xuan Thuy, an official from the transport ministry, the agency is piloting a form of digital contract in passenger transport across the country, as part of its Decision No.24 on the application of information technology to the management of transport activities.Such companies as Grab, V.car, Thanhcong.car, S.Car, and Vic.Car have met the requirements defined by competent agencies so far, Thuy continued.Meanwhile, that the Netherlands-based Uber B.V. authorizing…... [read more]

But whether the new service, dubbed GrabBike, will face the samelegal challenge as ridesharing app Uber remains to be seen.GrabTaxi, developed by a Malaysia-based startup, allows passengers to find the nearest taxi in less than a minute with just two taps on their smartphone.All information related to the driver and the booked taxi, including their name, the plate number, the phone number, as well as the estimated fare, is made known to the passengers before they get in the cab.The GrabBike service, officially launched on November 27, has just the same function: it allows people to find the nearest xe om and get…... [read more]

The plan, put forward by French architect Gery H. Egon, includes the expansion of the beach along Tran Phu and Pham Van Dong Boulevards to improve the appeal of the area.According to the architect, the current beach to the east of the two boulevards would not be able to handle the potential number of tourists to the city, located in Khanh Hoa Province, in the future.In addition, he said, it only takes tourists a few steps from the water’s edge to be neck-deep in water due to the beach’s steep slope, making it unappealing to beach-goers.The plan therefore proposes the…... [read more]

“Localities need to actively respond to possible super- typhoons and tropical low pressure within next months” stressed Deputy Director of the Southern region’s Hydrology Meteorology Forecast Center Mr. Dang Van Dung at a short interview with Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper’s reporter.Vietnam has suffered natural disasters in last months of this year.(Photo:SGGP)The deputy director said that El Nino phenomenon ended in May, 2016 and  the strong operation of El Nino lasted a longest period in the historical data show.The El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), an irregularly periodical variation in winds and sea, which showed between El Nino and La Nina.This year’s typhoons and tropical…... [read more]

French hotel operator Accor is expected to expand its network in Vietnam from eight hotels and resorts currently to at least 20 by the end of 2010, with the launch of its luxury Pullman and mid-scale Mercure brands and expansion of its Novotel brand, state media said. Total investment for the expansion has not been made available at the moment. The new hotels will help Accor “tap into one of Asia’s fastest growing tourism markets,” Accor’s Asia-Pacific Chairman Michael Issenberg was quoted as saying. Three Pullman hotels are set to be developed in Vietnam, including the 150-room Pullman Sapa Resort and the 200-room…... [read more]

 Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (Photo: AP) Bangkok (VNA) – The National Anti-Corruption Committee(NACC) of Thailand expects to wrap up its probe into alleged dereliction ofduty by former Prime Minister (PM) Yingluck Shinawatra and 33 former cabinetmembers in her administration by September, local media reported on July 27. The ex-PM and the former cabinet members were accused of failing to performtheir duties as required under a 1957 Act on budget processes when theyapproved the payment of compensation worth 1.9 billion THB (56.7 million USD)for people who were affected by demonstrations between 2005 and 2010. Chairwoman of the NACC Supa Piyajitti said the…... [read more]