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Turkey eyes taxing Twitter, Facebook
Tue, 22/04/14 – 3:40 | No Comment

Social media companies doing business in Turkey should pay their taxes to the Turkish government and set up an office within the country, according to Mehmet Simsek, Finance Minister of Turkey.

This includes US social media companies Twitter and Facebook, both of which have no office in Turkey.

“Many social media firms, including Twitter, are reaping unfair profits from Turkey and they aren’t paying taxes due on those gains. We see this as a serious problem,” said Simsek.

Simsek’s remarks came after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called Twitter a “tax evader.”

The Turkish government believes that Twitter makes around $35 million in ad revenue within the country, none of which is being taxed locally.

Company representatives including Colin Crowell, vice president and head of global public policy for Twitter, held talks with Turkish government officials on Monday and Tuesday, less than two weeks after the government lifted the ban on Twitter.

The Turkish government is not only looking to tax Twitter; it also wants the social network to implement Turkish court orders as well as allow account blocking, conditions that appear to be acceptable to the company.

In fact, an unnamed Turkish official reportedly revealed that the social network agreed to shut down certain accounts.

“The two sides understood each other fully after the presentations, and a decision was made to establish a system for cooperation in the future,” said the official.

The conflict between social media and Turkey began on 20 March, when Prime Minister Erdoğan vowed to “eradicate” the micro-blogging site and imposed a ban on Twitter.

However, the Constitutional Court ruled that the ban violated the free speech rights of the Turks and should therefore be lifted. The Turkish government begrudgingly complied with the order.


iPhone is most durable smartphone
Tue, 22/04/14 – 3:38 | No Comment

While the new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone is more durable than its previous model, the iPhone 5s triumphed over all of them partly due to its smaller size, according to a new study.

Bridge Constructor is an engaging, intelligent game
Mon, 21/04/14 – 1:54 | No Comment

One of the biggest hits in iOS games right now is Bridge Constructor, made by Headup Games in Germany. Available as an iOS, Steam, Android or Windows Phone app, Bridge Constructor is a game in …

PDF Expert from Readdle is top notch
Mon, 14/04/14 – 6:33 | No Comment

If you read a lot of documents, and especially if you edit and engage with those documents, then this is an app you need to check out.
PDF Expert is a PDF manipulation app from Readdle …

Samsung’s Q1 income to dip by 4 per cent
Fri, 11/04/14 – 5:56 | No Comment

The operating income of Korean smartphone maker Samsung is forecasted to dip by four per cent to US$8 billion in Q1 2014 compared to the same period last year.

Retailers to ramp up investment in technology this year
Fri, 11/04/14 – 5:50 | No Comment

Retailers plan to spend more on technology this year, with mobile, websites and new IT systems sitting at the top of their lists.

Dropbox receives over $500M in credit financing
Mon, 7/04/14 – 2:11 | No Comment

Popular file storage and sharing platform Dropbox has obtained more than $500 million worth of debt financing, adding to the $350 million in equity funding it raised two months ago from venture and private equity …

Kill switch could lead to $2.6 billion in savings
Fri, 4/04/14 – 10:57 | No Comment

A kill switch that can remotely disable stolen smartphones could save Americans up to US$2.6 billion annually, revealed a study by William Duckworth, Associate Professor of analytics, statistics and data science at Creighton University.

Software patents could die today
Mon, 31/03/14 – 7:18 | No Comment

Software patents are a lusciously controversial item that many love, love to hate, or just hate. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case involving the very core of what can or cannot be …

Smartphone app aims to monitor public transport concerns
Fri, 28/03/14 – 7:42 | No Comment

A new smartphone app is poised to make commuting around Australia stress-free.

Google expands market for Chromecast
Fri, 28/03/14 – 7:41 | No Comment

Chromecast, Google’s finger-sized gadget that allows people to upload video content from their mobile devices onto a high-definition TV set, was launched in Canada and Europe on March 19, eight months after its American debut.

Spotify no longer accepting app submissions
Mon, 24/03/14 – 12:01 | No Comment

As of today, Spotify is no longer accepting app submissions for its App Finder (read the announcement here). App Finder is the music streaming service’s directory for third-party apps that work within its desktop client. …

New technology provides smartphones with real zoom
Fri, 21/03/14 – 4:57 | No Comment

Despite the advances in mobile phone technology, photos taken using a smartphone are still inferior to those taken with real cameras.