Spacefaring multiplayer RPG ‘Eve Online’ will be free to play on PC in November

Developer CCP Games promises “big, fundamental changes” on PC for its massively multiplayer online role-playing game Eve Online. It plans to drop its subscription requirements for the first time while enabling a new free-to-play gameplay structure.

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After Apple: will other tech companies face Irish tax bills of their own?

With Microsoft and Google among US companies tied to Ireland, industry advocate raises concern over implications of European commission’s decision

America’s biggest technology companies have been taking stock of the European commission’s decision on Tuesday to order what it called “recovery of illegal state aid” for alleged unpaid taxes in Ireland from Apple of up to €13bn($14.6bn, £11bn), plus interest.

Apple’s surprise, retroactive tax bill – which is believed to be the largest in history – has raised both condemnation and alarm in the technology industry, particularly for companies with a long history of operations in Ireland.

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Mobile phone networks should not block adverts, says EU

Regulatory body Berec issues guidelines that could benefit publishers struggling with commercial effects of ad-blocking

Plans by mobile phone operators to block adverts for customers across their networks are in doubt after the European Union said they breached net neutrality legislation.

Updated guidelines issued by the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (Berec) this week state that advertising should not be blocked by networks, something that mobile operator Three has already trialled in the UK.

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What Apple’s tax bill tells us about capitalism | Letters

I am outraged that Apple is outraged by its tax bill (Apple rages at EU’s €13bn tax demand, 31 August). Apple has hundreds of stores in Europe to sell its products. The message to Apple is very simple: if any of your stores catch fire, don’t bother to call the fire service. If you are burgled, don’t call the police. If you want to deliver your products using public roads, you can’t. If someone falls off a ladder in one of your stores, don’t call the medical services.

If you do not want to pay your taxes, fine. But do not expect to use the infrastructure paid for by our taxes.
Neil Holmes
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

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