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UK bill to charge 20% VAT for digital purchases

UK bill to charge 20% VAT for digital purchases

Online retailers and digital content providers might soon be facing some rather heavy taxes if Goerge Osborne gets his way. Under a new law that will cover intra-EU business to consumer (B2C) taxation, such services will be taxed based on buyer's location, which in the UK means a 20 percent VAT.

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Amazon exec the face of new toiletry line amid trademark dispute

Amazon exec the face of new toiletry line amid trademark dispute

It's not often you see a company take an argument far enough to make a cosmetics line about it, but that's exactly what's happened here with Amazon UK and the company known as Lush. This cosmetics company does not sell product on Amazon, but because of the way Amazon's search is set up, searching for Lush on Amazon results in some rather similar-looking products with a lot of potential to mislead.

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NSA and GCHQ targeted 1,000 allied individuals: latest Snowden drop

NSA and GCHQ targeted 1,000 allied individuals: latest Snowden drop

The latest installment of the ongoing slow release of the whistleblower Edward Snowden's cache of 1.7 million stolen NSA documents has revealed over 1,000 targets of the NSA's and GCHQ's international spying efforts between 2008 and 2011. The targets include high-ranking officials in allied nations, economic regulatory bodies, humanitarian aid agencies, and -- seemingly as an afterthought -- individuals being watched for hypothesized ties to terrorism. These particular documents were reported Friday by the American newspaper New York Times, Britain's the Guardian and Germany's Der Spiegel.

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Google fighting to move UK court battle to California

Google fighting to move UK court battle to California

Google is embroiled in a legal row in the UK that the search giant insists shouldn't be heard in front of UK courts. Rather, Google is arguing that the case over the search giant allegedly circumventing the privacy of some internet users in the UK should be heard in California where it is based. Google's argument has led to the company being called "arrogant and immoral."

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Batmobile replica is street-legal with working flamethrower

Batmobile replica is street-legal with working flamethrower

A fully functional replica of the Batmobile from the 1989 Michael Keaton Batman film will be going up for auction Nov. 30. Many replicas have been made of the various models of Batmobile, but none with quite this level of authenticity. For starters, the flamethrower, afterburner, nine-inch-rise hydraulics and remote start all work. Oh, and you can drive it on actual roads if you want.

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Moto G available at retail stores 2-days after reveal

Moto G available at retail stores 2-days after reveal

Having just officially learned of the Moto G’s existence this Wednesday, we didn’t expect the device to literally be in stores quite so quick (today is Friday, if you did not know). What we’re seeing right off the bat is availability of this smartphone after Motorola announced it at locations like Phones4U in the UK. While orders in several parts of the world went live online yesterday, today we’re seeing the machine arrive in-stores for pickup.

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