Weekend takeaway: Taxing Apple and exploding Samsungs

2 Sep 2016

Essential weekend reads

From taxing Apple to Samsung’s product recall, we cover all the important areas in the sci-tech world this week.

1. Irish Government cabinet agrees to appeal EU Apple ruling

The cabinet of the leadership of the Irish Government has agreed to appeal the European Commission’s ruling that Apple owes €13bn in back taxes. This aligns the Irish State firmly alongside Apple, which is also appealing the decision in the European courts.

2. IDA Ireland CEO: ‘the EU’s Apple ruling is contradictory and flawed’

The chief executive of IDA Ireland Martin Shanahan today told a gathering of senior US investors visiting Ireland that the European Commission’s decision that Apple must pay back €13bn in taxes is “internally contradictory and its basis flawed.”

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4. Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 7 product recall, blames battery cell issue

Korean tech giant Samsung has confirmed that it is suspending sales of its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7, following reports of exploding batteries. It has confirmed 35 cases have been reported globally and that a battery cell issue is to blame.

5. Sporting research can boost the health and wealth of a nation

Keith Wood, former World Rugby Player of the Year and now director of Orreco, on how sport and health research can benefit the entire country.

6. Eir returns to annual revenue growth for first time since 2008

Ireland’s largest telecoms operator Eir has reported full year revenues of €1.3bn, up €45m from last year – the first time the operator has reported annual growth since 2008.

7. Irish scientists develop amazing new way to 3D print bone

3D bioprinting is at the absolute forefront of medical advances, with this nascent industry posing immense potential. One such example was recently detailed by Irish researchers at AMBER.

8. Coca-Cola creates 25 Mayo jobs to put fizz into internet of things

Coca-Cola is to create 25 new jobs at its Ballina plant, which will become the first production site outside the US for the drinks company’s Freestyle technology.

9. ‘Here are the four Cs that build a motivated workforce’

In a keynote talk at Inspirefest 2016, Monica Parker delivered her four Cs to create a motivated workforce. It sounds simple, but it’s not.

10. First NASA images of sun’s edge capture incredible solar winds

Revealing a wealth of information and incredible photography, NASA has taken images of the edge of the sun for the first time, detailing where its powerful solar winds start.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years