Ireland to collect billions from Apple in back taxes

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Ireland says it will begin collecting almost $16 billion) of back taxes from Apple, 19 months after the European Commission ruled that a tax deal with the tech giant amounted to illegal state aid.

The Commission ordered Ireland to collect back taxes for the years 2003-2014, which it estimated at 13 billion euros plus interest. Ireland disagreed...Read more

Why Facebook took down your post, and other community standards revealed

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Facebook, which has faced many a high-profile controversy over policing content on its massive platform, has revealed its internal community standards for the first time.

The company gives a glimpse into how it decides what to do about threats of violence, depiction of crime, sales of drugs and firearms, exploitation of children. The standards ...Read more

Amazon wants to unlock your car for Prime deliveries

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Remember those halcyon days of six months ago, when Amazon introduced a feature for its Prime customers called Amazon Key, which lets a delivery courier use the cloud to unlock your front door and put your packages inside your house?

Well, on Tuesday, Amazon said it will take that concept another step further, by unlocking and making deliveries...Read more

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Facebook issues new content guidelines as it grapples with a transparency crisis: A Q&A

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Hoping to unpack one of the great mysteries of our time -- why Facebook bans some content, but not others -- the social-media giant on Tuesday shared with the world "what is and is not allowed on Facebook."

And it only took them 27 pages to do so.

"Every day, people come to Facebook to share their stories, see the world through the eyes of ...Read more

Trump is pushing hard to reach NAFTA agreement, both with trading partners and with Congress

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WASHINGTON -- With critical political deadlines fast approaching, the Trump administration is racing to strike a deal on a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement by early May -- with an eye toward forcing a congressional vote on a new pact by the end of the year.

After months of making little progress, recent statements from high-level ...Read more

United CEO skips bonus after passenger-dragging incident

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United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz will not receive a bonus for 2017 after the airline decided to link incentive payments to customer service improvements in the wake of the passenger-dragging incident last April.

The Chicago-based airline eliminated Munoz's cash bonus at his suggestion, according to the company's annual proxy, filed Monday. ...Read more

Should these bankers go to prison? 5-week Wilmington Trust trial wraps

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Is it a crime -- should bosses go to prison -- when bankers wreck government-insured banks and impoverish their own shareholders by making lots of risky loans that don't get paid back?

Or is banking failure, at worst, a question for the civil courts, settled (if at all) by using a slice of a bank's remaining assets to pay partial damages to ...Read more

Amazon pairs with GM, Volvo to deliver packages to your car

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The next time you have an Amazon package delivered, will it be to your car?

The online retailer is teaming up with General Motors and Volvo to start in-car package delivery for more than 7 million vehicle owners, potentially foiling so-called "porch pirates," those thieves who target home package deliveries. If you're an Amazon Prime member ...Read more

Yeti cut ties with NRA, so a SC man filled his cooler with explosives and shot it, video shows

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DARLINGTON COUNTY, S.C. -- Since YETI Coolers cut ties with the National Rifle Association, there has been outcry on social media and talk of a boycott of the fashionable coolers.

One South Carolina man was so unhappy about YETI's decision Monday that he got rid of his cooler -- in spectacular fashion.

Bryan Atkinson filled his cooler with ...Read more

Tableau adds data prep product, tweaks pricing to appeal to big customers

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Seattle technology company Tableau released a new product and pricing model Tuesday, moves to make it more appealing to big companies as Tableau squares off with Microsoft and other competitors.

The company, which develops software to create various visualizations of data, launched new technology that helps workers quickly sort and prepare ...Read more

Next threat stalking American farmers is the end of cheap money

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American farmers have managed to stay afloat despite years of shrinking crop values, the lowest incomes since the recession and a budding trade war with China. Now, they're feeling a new squeeze -- borrowing money is getting more expensive as interest rates rise. For some, it may be fatal.

"Commodity prices stink, and they're set to stink for a...Read more

Paramount Pictures CEO says struggling studio is 'poised for a renaissance.' Inside Jim Gianopulos' first year

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The surprising box-office success of "A Quiet Place," a low-budget movie about a family under attack from creatures who hunt by sound, could hardly have come at a better time for Paramount Pictures and its chief executive, Jim Gianopulos.

A year after the veteran Hollywood executive took on the monumental task of reviving Paramount following a ...Read more

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson to produce and host documentary specials for Lifetime

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Gretchen Carlson has signed on with A+E Networks to create and host a series of documentary specials for its Lifetime channel, her first TV deal since leaving Fox News.

A+E Networks announced Monday that the opening special in the series, tentatively called "The Brave with Gretchen Carlson," will focus on sexual harassment, a topic that ...Read more

Tesla's not the only Silicon Valley company to get a bad report card

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Tesla made headlines for all the wrong reasons: after getting dozens of complaints filed to the Better Business Bureau, the Palo Alto electric-car maker was less than prompt in addressing the issues raised by consumers.

Hence, Tesla received an F from the BBB.

Companies, of course, can bring their grades back up if they promptly respond to the...Read more

YETI cuts ties with NRA ahead of convention in Dallas

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Texas-based YETI cooler company is known for putting the chill on things, and they've frozen their financial relationship with America's largest gun lobbying organization in the midst of the heated national debate about guns.

On April 22, YETI cut ties with the National Rifle Association, which came as a breath of fresh...Read more

Startup visa draws only 10 applicants as Trump throttles program

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The U.S. startup visa, passed with much fanfare during the twilight of Barack Obama's presidency, was supposed to draw thousands of foreign entrepreneurs. Instead, just 10 people have applied.

A big reason for the shortfall is that the year-old program has been constantly under assault since the election of President Donald Trump, whose agenda ...Read more

Your Office Coach: Disillusioned with grind of telecommute

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Q: I have become very disillusioned with my telecommuting job. I accepted this position about a year ago because I liked the idea of working from home. However, I now have so many assignments that I can barely keep up. I was recently given a huge project which has me working until midnight almost every day.

My manager is located at corporate ...Read more

Hire American? Without foreign workers, a garden business may wither

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It should be the busiest time of the year at LeBeau Gardens, a full-service plant and home center in Downington, Pa.

Instead, with too few workers to fully staff its lucrative landscaping operation, the business could wither and die.

Why? Ask the Trump administration, says founder and owner Susan LeBoutillier.

She depends on a federal ...Read more

Nurse practitioners stepping up as demand for doctors outpaces supply

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MINNEAPOLIS -- There was no doctor in the house when Sam Talbot arrived at his clinic for a recent physical, but then that was the plan.

The 30-year-old ecology researcher chose for his primary care the state's first clinic staffed solely by nurse practitioners -- who have the training beyond registered nurses to diagnose patients, order tests,...Read more