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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Irish government split over immediate appeal against Apple tax bill

Cabinet meets amid divisions as to correct response to European commission ruling ordering company to pay back €13bn

Ireland’s governing coalition is split over whether or not the state should immediately appeal against the European commission ruling ordering Apple to pay €13bn (£11bn) in back tax to the Irish government, and will hold further talks later this week before reaching a decision.

As the cabinet met in Dublin on Wednesday, it emerged that the Independent Alliance, some members of which are government ministers, was not prepared to back an appeal. The group of TDs helps shore up the minority Fine Gael administration.

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The irresponsibility of giant tech companies | Letters

Rafael Behr is absolutely right that the owners and providers of the global electronic infrastructure believe they can operate without either paying taxes or taking responsibility for the safety of their product (Tech giants know where the power lies, 31 August). The elements of that infrastructure, analogous to aircraft and airlines, leave gaping holes that allow access to hackers, virus-makers, pornographers and other criminals. Their “airports” – service providers – have no security scans for illegal material. All of them provide passage to the dark web. No wonder their profits are so enormous, for they take all the benefits of global markets without assuming any of the responsibility for basic safety and security standards. If they spent the resources they should to develop and provide secure systems, and to give users safe products the way other manufacturers have to, they might at the same time prevent some of the vicious invective that does so much harm to private individuals on social media.
Anna Hodgetts
Burgess Hill, West Sussex

• Rafael Behr is wrong to claim that giant technological corporations possess power that goes beyond the control of elected governments. What they do have is the power to defy weak government – a situation common in Europe, where the prevailing neoliberal doctrine states that the best societies have small and weak governments. It was the member governments of the EU that created the legislation that enabled the technological giants to avoid taxes. Only recently George Osborne with his patent box legislation gave additional opportunities for these companies to avoid tax. This contrasts to the situation in China, where all of these companies have had to kow-tow to the strong government if they wish to engage in trade. Google struck a self-censorship deal with Beijing so it could continue operating. Where there is the political will these companies can be brought to heel.

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