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Tim Cook calls for global overhaul of corporate taxes


Tim Cook delivers the goods at Apple's iPhone 11 event.
Cook says worldwide corporate tax reform is "desperately" needed and that Euroepan privacy regulation needs tightening.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook called for worldwide corporate tax reform Monday, saying the tech giant “desperately” wants the system to be fair.

Speaking in Ireland at an awards event, Cook said he thinks “logically everybody knows it needs to be rehauled. I would certainly be the last person to say that the current system or the past system was the perfect system.”

Ireland will award Tim Cook for 40 years of Apple investment


Tim Cook talks diversity, sustainability, and coming out as gay
Cook’s award shelf is quickly running out of room.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook is set to receive a Special Recognition Award for the company’s 40 years of investment in Ireland, the IDA confirmed to Cult of Mac.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar will present Cook with the accolade on January 20 in Dublin. It may be met with criticism from some as Apple continues to pay back €13 billion in unpaid Irish taxes.

Politicians receive frightening threats over canceled Apple data center


Politicians receive frightening threats about cancelled Apple data center
Apple cancelled the data center project last year.
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A former councillor who supported Apple’s bid to build a $960 million data center in Athenry, Ireland, confirms that he was sent frightening threats about Apple’s decision to cancel the project.

Apple officially ditched its plans for a giant data center in County Galway last year. However, the threatening letters — sent to a number of politicians — demand that the data center is approved.

Fund containing Apple’s giant EU tax bill lost $18 million last year


Apple is worth more than the entire US energy sector combined
The escrow contains Apple's massive $16 billion fine.
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The escrow fund containing the massive $16 billion fine Apple was commanded to pay by the EU declined by $18 million last year.

The funds are being held in an escrow account while appeals by Apple and Ireland make their way through the court. In the meantime, the money is invested — but, at least based on last year, not as successfully as hoped.

Ireland probes Apple’s compliance with strict EU privacy rules


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EU law sets strict privacy rules, and it’s the job of an Irish commissioner to be sure Apple is following them.
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Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner is looking into whether Apple is following all the requirements of the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation privacy law.

The DPC has three investigations going into Apple’s business practices, each covering a different aspect of the GDPR legislation. There are far more ongoing probes into how Facebook handles user privacy.

Apple’s clever tax practices make it Ireland’s biggest company


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And the winner is Guinne.. no, obviously it's Apple!
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Move over Guinness, hold the Jameson’s, and don’t even think about Kerrygold. When it comes to Ireland’s biggest company, no-one holds a candle to, err, Apple.

You know, that company headquartered in California, which builds products in China, and sells them everywhere on the planet.

Construction halts on Apple data center in Denmark


A mock up of Apple's proposed data center in Ireland.
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Construction has been abandoned on Apple’s new data center in Denmark, according to local reports.

“There is no life” at the site after hundreds of workers for main contractor Exyte were sent home. It is believed Apple has terminated its agreement with the company following a dispute.

Apple’s aborted data center still causing problems in Ireland


Politicians receive frightening threats about cancelled Apple data center
The data center as it would have looked.
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Endless delays may have caused Apple to ditch its plans for a giant data center in County Galway in Ireland, but the repercussions are still being felt.

Galways’s Supreme Court will sit in March to hear an appeal regarding whether An Bord Pleanála, the independent planning body, “breached its legal obligations” by approving the first part of the proposed $960 million Apple development.

Ireland won’t be sued over Apple’s giant tax bill


Apple's headquarters in Cork, Ireland.
Apple's headquarters in Cork, Ireland.
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The European Commission has decided that it won’t sue Ireland over delays in recovering a 13.1 billion euro ($15 billion) disputed tax bill from Apple.

The European Court of Justice action against Ireland was initiated in October 2017 after the country failed to get Apple to pay up one year after the European Union handed Apple the massive tax bill.