Apple will answer objections to proposed Ireland data center

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New data center will be one of Apple's biggest projects in Europe to date.
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Apple is set to face a hearing over its proposed 850 million euro ($960 million) data centre in Athenry, Ireland — one of Apple’s biggest projects in Europe to date, which is scheduled to open in 2017.

The hearing over the proposed data center, which will help power Apple Music, the App Store, iMessages, Maps and Siri, will be with An Bord Pleanála, an independent, statutory body that decides on appeals from planning decisions made by local authorities in Ireland.

Apple in talks to open its first retail store in Dublin

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Apple's first Dublin site could be quite spectacular.
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Dublin, the largest and capital city of Ireland, may finally be about to get its first Apple Store.

Apple is reportedly in talks with a developer group called the Natrium consortium to open up a flagship retail store in Dublin’s city center —  possibly based on the ground floor of an iconic former department store, bought last year for €29 million ($33 million).

Apple says it ‘pays every cent’ it owes in E.U. tax

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Apple claims it doesn't receive favorable tax deals in Ireland.
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Apple has spoken up about the European Union investigation into its Irish tax affairs, telling a panel of E.U. investigators that it pays “every cent of tax” it owes in the country, and that it gets no advantage whatsoever compared with other companies.

Hackers try to bribe Apple employees for login info

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Apple employees can make thousands selling their login info.
Apple employees can make thousands selling their login info.
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Apple employees are being assaulted with offers from hackers to give them login details to Apple’s internal servers, and they’re willing to pay a king’s ransom if you’ve got the right info.

In Ireland, employees have received offers of over $20,000 for their Apple ID login, but it appears that Apple is well aware of the problem and has launched a new program to combat the problem.

Badgers and bats halt Apple’s Irish data center plans

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Not an Irish bat, but cute anyway.
Not an Irish bat, but cute anyway.
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Apple’s plans for a new €850 million data center in Ireland have been put on hold after nearby residents appealed the recent decision to grant Apple rights to build there.

The complaint cites increased traffic and noise due to construction, but also claims that nearby bats and badgers, protected species that live in the nearby forest, will be significantly impacted.

The planning appeals board hopes to have a decision on the objections and make a final call sometime this month.