Europe Sues Ireland Over Apple Tax Bill; Orders Amazon Repay $300M to Luxembourg
The European Commission has referred Ireland to the European Court of Justice for failing to collect a €13 billion (15.3 billion) tax demand levied against Apple Inc. (AAPL - Get Report) last year and ordered Amazon (AMZN - Get Report) to pay €250 million in benefits to Luxembourg in the latest crackdown on the global operations of U.S. tech firms.
Report: Google Pixel 2 Smartphones Are Disappointing Despite Big Bet On Hardware, Low Sales Expected
Google's entry-level Pixel 2 is made by fledgling Taiwanese company HTC and shares the same boring design aesthetic than last year's model with a 5" display, large top and bottom bezels and a single rear camera. However, it does add a faster processor, water resistance, and 2 front speakers. Price starts at $649 for 64GB of storage, only $50 less than the equally boring iPhone 8.
“Lens it.” That’s the phrase Google’s using for the new Lens feature on its Pixel phones. The tool lets you quickly find out information about all kinds of things, from books to albums to art, even to emails printed on flyers on a telephone poll.
(hard for apple to match this one, Amazon not so hard)
PixelBook is among today’s announcements. It has a 12.3-inch touch screen, is 10mm thick, and weighs one kilogram, and you can fold back the keyboard to put it into tablet mode or prop it up like a tent for movie-watching. The aesthetics look a lot like the Pixel phone
If you have multiple Google Home devices in your household, you’ll be able to use them as a public-announcement system, Chandra says—for instance, to declare that it’s time to get ready for school, a message that all your Homes will broadcast. “Kids are going to hate this feature,” he says.
Google’s Rick Osterloh says that the company is bringing on 2,000 hardware engineers as it moves into its second year as a maker of all kinds of devices, from Pixel phones to Google Home to Daydream View, and others.
(Amazon to me seems like the logical choice for the home. Who doesn't buy stuff on Amazon all the time?)
Instead, the key to Google's performance strategy is AI. If the curve of processor performance is flattening, Osterloh’s plan is to differentiate Google's products by integrating machine learning and AI.
Instead, Osterloh says, Google "wanted to try to keep it simple and nice and clean ... We're trying to be reminiscent of Google's main property: the big search box."