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Apple could face huge tax bill as Obama calls for new taxes on offshore profits in FY2016 budget

02/02/2015, 06:02 pm

President Obama on Monday put forward a new budget that includes a one-time 14 percent levy on earnings held by U.S. companies overseas --funds which would be allocated to a $478 billion public works plan --followed by an ongoing 19 percent tax on foreign profits, whether the money is repatriated or not.

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FCC to propose regulating the Internet as a utility - report

02/02/2015, 05:02 pm

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to issue a proposal this week that would see the agency classify Internet access as a telecommunications utility, a move that may also include reclassification for data services from wireless carriers.

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Apple to build $2 billion green data center at failed GTAT sapphire plant

02/02/2015, 03:02 pm

The Arizona facilities associated with Apple's failed partnership with GT Advanced Technologies will be transformed into a new "global command" data center for the company employing 150 people full-time, thanks to a major $2 billion investment from the iPhone maker.

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Photos show Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak in upcoming film

02/02/2015, 01:02 pm

Filming of the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic is underway, and newly published photos from the film's set show critically acclaimed actor Michael Fassbender in the lead role, alongside Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak.

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Apple releases TV ad for China's Lunar New Year, to open new store in Tianjin this week

02/02/2015, 08:02 am

In preparation for the upcoming Chinese New Year, Apple has released a new China-specific version of its ad "The Song," and the company has also revealed that its new store in Tianjin will open this Saturday.

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Review: Bose's SoundLink Mini is an exceptional Bluetooth speaker

02/01/2015, 11:02 am

Bluetooth speakers are one of the most popular accessories for mobile devices, helping pump up the volume from audio-limited smartphones and tablets. AppleInsider took a look at Bose's SoundLink Mini to see how it fares in this crowded space.

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First look: Fitbit Charge HR fitness band with real-time heart rate sensor

01/31/2015, 12:01 am

Fitbit's new Charge HR fitness band puts an emphasis on wearability with a slim and light form factor, but maintains a wealth of health tracking features including a real-time heart rate sensor and onboard display.

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Google announces 40 new third-party integrations for Siri competitor Google Now

01/30/2015, 06:01 pm

Search giant Google on Friday revealed that it will allow select Android apps to integrate with Google Now --the company's answer to Apple's Siri digital assistant -- allowing users of services like AirBnB, Pandora, and Lyft to pull that data into Now.

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Apple's new Chongqing store shown off in photos ahead of Saturday opening

01/30/2015, 04:01 pm

Local media have been given access to Apple's new retail outlet in Chongqing, Southwest China, a day before its official opening and photos of the new store depict an expansive underground space not unlike the company's flagship location on Fifth Avenue.

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AppleInsider's official podcast kicks off with analysis of the week's top Apple stories

01/30/2015, 12:01 pm

AppleInsider's inaugural podcast is now available to download, offering readers a new way to receive detailed analysis and opinion on the week's biggest Apple-related news.

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Apple, Google & Amazon settle with Italian government over 'misleading' free apps with in-app purchases

01/30/2015, 10:01 am

Apple, along with Google and Amazon, will avoid fines from the Italian government after agreeing to revise policies regarding so-called "freemium" mobile games and applications.

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As Apple nears $200B in cash, U.S. Senators once again propose a repatriation tax break

01/29/2015, 09:01 pm

U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Rand Paul on Thursday announced the "Invest in Transportation Act of 2015," a proposal that would allow companies such as Apple to bring foreign cash reserves back to the U.S. at a significantly lower tax rate while using the proceeds to replenish the Highway Trust Fund.

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Apple tops Louis Vuitton, Gucci as the gift of choice among China's wealthy

01/29/2015, 05:01 pm

Many wealthy Chinese consumers chose to forego designer handbags or expensive liquor when choosing gifts in 2014, a new report indicates, instead opting for Apple's iPhone, iPad, or Mac computers.

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FCC says broadband-class connections must offer at least 25Mbps download speeds

01/29/2015, 02:01 pm

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday took a step toward improving Internet speeds in America, requiring providers to offer download speeds of at least 25 megabits per second to classify as "broadband."

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iTunes Connect bug logs developers into random Apple account, displays wrong apps

01/29/2015, 12:01 pm

Many developers logging into Apple's iTunes Connect portal on Thursday found themselves presented with a a peculiar and potentially crucial error: The site is displaying the username, company, and apps of someone who is not them.

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TracFone will pay $40 million to settle unlimited data beef with the FTC

01/28/2015, 10:01 pm

Consumers who have previously signed up for pre-paid wireless plans advertised with unlimited data from TracFone now have the right to claim a refund, as the company has agreed to a $40 million settlement over charges that it throttled or disconnected customers who used too much data.

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Apple's R&D spending shoots up 42% year-over-year, hit new $1.9B record in Q1

01/28/2015, 06:01 pm

Apple does not appear to be resting on its laurels despite record sales of its iPhone and Mac, as the company spent nearly $2 billion on research and development in the first fiscal quarter of 2015, an increase of more than 40 percent over the year-ago figure.

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China to demand source code access, backdoors in some tech products

01/28/2015, 05:01 pm

China's central government has introduced new procurement regulations that would force technology companies wishing to do business with the country's banks to submit source code for review and build government-accessible backdoors into their products, according to a Wednesday report.

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By the numbers: Apple's ludicrous fourth quarter

01/28/2015, 08:01 am

Apple reported the biggest quarter in its history this week --and one of the largest by any company ever -- by nearly every metric imaginable. AppleInsider puts those mind-boggling numbers into perspective.

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Apple Store employees to get updated attire, go 'back to blue' starting Feb. 2

01/27/2015, 11:01 pm

Starting Feb. 2, customers walking into an Apple Store may notice something a little different as employees are expected to wear newly designed crew neck or polo shirts in a familiar shade of blue, but with repositioned and resized white Apple logos.

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