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Sat, Nov 28, 2015The Wherever-They-Want Edition

Apple, Amazon And Microsoft’s Mega-Million Con: How Titans Of The New Economy Screw Us All On Taxes, by Gabriel Zucman, Salon

The reason for the current failure is that the corporate tax is based on a fiction, the idea that one can establish the profits earned by each multinational subsidiary by subsidiary. But this fiction is no longer tenable today, because multinational groups, advised by great auditing and consulting firms, are in practice free to move their profits wherever they want, which is usually wherever it is taxed the least; and large countries have themselves mostly given up taxing the profits booked outside of their territory.

Apple Is A Hot Product For Holiday Shoppers, by Edward C. Baig, USA Today

Retailers' deals on iPads, Watches and other Apple products indicate this could be a strong holiday start for Apple — even though Apple refrained from offering any of its own discounts.

Malls Of America: They May Masquerade As Public Spaces — But They Just Want Us To Shop, by Firmin Debrabander, Salon

The mall aims to be the premier public space in our society, and indeed, it is the destination of choice for many when it comes to socializing. But there are signs it has overdone its welcome—that we have seen through its pretenses and false claims—and as the New York Times reported not long ago, many malls are dying. The mall is no public space at all, but wholly private. Many Americans were rudely reminded of this when, in the build-up to the war in Iraq last decade, several malls evicted patrons sporting antiwar T-shirts; they invoked their status as private property, and were not obliged to tolerate free speech at all. The mall does not want to serve as a public space—it just wants us to shop. But increasingly, that message is too indelicate for our ears. We want more from our public spaces—or our would-be public spaces, I should say.


Orb Is A New Drag And Drop Radial Contextual Menu For OS X, by MacTech

Ask The iTunes Guy: Artist Artwork, Song Scrubbing, And Re-Ripping CDs, by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

One common complaint about iTunes is that it does things that you don’t want it to do. For example, when you view music by artist, iTunes applies album artwork to the Artists list, but you don’t get to choose which album gets picked. I discuss how to resolve this. I also look at how you can fast-forward and rewind a track in iTunes, and I examine a question about re-ripping music from CDs that were ripped a long time ago.


How To Fix A Bad User Interface, by Scott Hurff

The reality is that the world in which we live isn’t perfect, and things go wrong. Servers take time to respond. And your customers won’t always use your product the way in which you intended. So, as a product designer, you’ve got to take these realities into account. That’s why every screen you’ll design for your product can have up to five states.


Amazon Prime Video Coming To New Apple TV Possibly Within A 'Few Weeks', by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Amazon appears to have confirmed to engineer Dan Bostonweeks that it is developing a tvOS app for Prime Video that could launch before the end of 2015. "Hopefully, within a few weeks span, you will be able to see the Amazon Instant Video app feature on your Apple TV," the company purportedly said in an email.

Consumers Lose As Banks Snub Apple's 'Digital Wallet' System: Ed Husic, by Heath Aston, Sydney Morning Herald

The Reserve Bank has been urged to examine potential anti-competitive behaviour in the emerging card-free payments market amid claims the banks have frozen out newcomer Apple Pay.

Labor's spokesman on digital innovation, Ed Husic, has written to the RBA and the Australian Bankers' Association, raising his concern that Australians are being "denied choices" in digital payments.

When Children Are Breached—inside The Massive VTech Hack, by Troy Hunt, Ars Technica

When it’s hundreds of thousands of children including their names, genders and birthdates, that’s off the charts. When it includes their parents as well—along with their home addresses—and you can link the two and emphatically say “Here is 9-year-old Mary, I know where she lives and I have other personally identifiable information about her parents (including their password and security question),” I start to run out of superlatives to even describe how bad that is.

This is the background on how this little device and other online assets created by VTech requested deeply personal info from parents about their families which they then lost in a massive data breach.


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