Tories lobbying to protect Google’s £30bn island tax haven

Opposition figures react angrily to news that government has objected to EU’s proposed blacklisting of Bermuda as ‘unhelpful’

Britain has been privately lobbying the EU to remove the tax haven through which Google funnels billions of pounds of profits from an official blacklist, the Observer can reveal.

Treasury ministers have told the European commission that they are “strongly opposed” to proposed sanctions against Bermuda, a favoured shelter for Google’s profits and one of 30 tax jurisdictions in Brussels’s sights.

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Stop the temptation: Protect your Android phone against unwanted in-app purchases

It’s all too easy for little ones to rack up a giant bill using in-app purchases on Google Play and your Android device, so make sure your account is properly protected. Here’s how to make sure a massive bill doesn’t unexpectedly arrive.

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Get out of here! Seriously. We’ve got the 15 best hiking apps to help you do it

If you’re looking to go off-road and offline for an adventure, then you might want to check out some great hiking apps, and handy outdoors apps, to help you on your way. We’ve got everything from offline map apps, to apps that track the stars.

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Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo: the challengers leading China’s charge against Apple

The US giant’s flat results are in part due to low-cost rivals thriving in the world’s biggest smartphone market

The idea that one of America’s most talismanic businesses – and the world’s biggest company by market value – might one day come to rely on China for its growth would have seemed strange just a decade ago. But for iPhone maker Apple, what happens on the other side of the world is suddenly crucial to its future.

Speaking to analysts last week as the company released its fourth-quarter earnings, chief executive Tim Cook couldn’t assuage concerns. While proclaiming the “best results ever” in greater China, with revenues up 14% to more than $18bn, he also admitted that “we began to see some signs of economic softness [there] earlier this month, most notably in Hong Kong.” The shares, already down from $130 last May to $100, clattered down another few dollars.

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Obama wants Congress to pledge $4bn for computer science in US schools

Federal budget proposal seeks billions for grants to states and $100m for competitive grants for school districts over the next three years

President Barack Obama said on Saturday he will ask Congress for billions of dollars to help students learn computer science skills and prepare for jobs in a changing economy.

Related: Obama outlines rules for closing gender pay gap and giving women ‘fair shot’

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