Trump trade representative to investigate French tech tax
Jul10

Trump trade representative to investigate French tech tax

The White House is launching an investigation into France’s proposed tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook — a move that could lead to U.S. taxes on French imports. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer expressed concern that the tax, expected to be passed by the French Senate Thursday, “unfairly targets American companies.” Lighthizer’s agency will investigate the tax under Section 301...

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Divisive telescope to restart building next week in Hawaii
Jul10

Divisive telescope to restart building next week in Hawaii

Construction on a giant telescope will start again next week after lengthy court battles and passionate protests from those who say building it on Hawaii’s tallest mountain will desecrate land sacred to some Native Hawaiians. State officials announced Wednesday that the road to the top of Mauna Kea mountain on the Big Island will be closed Monday as equipment is delivered to the construction site. The Thirty Meter Telescope...

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‘Criminal act’ caused Crete death of likely American victim
Jul10

‘Criminal act’ caused Crete death of likely American victim

A state coroner on the Greek island of Crete who examined the body of a woman believed to be of a missing American scientist said she had died as a result of a “criminal act.” Antonis Papadomanolakis told The Associated Press Wednesday that final confirmation was still needed to confirm the identity of the body found Monday outside the port city of Chania, but he added it was highly likely it was Suzanne Eaton, a...

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UK plan to control online porn is watched as test case
Jul10

UK plan to control online porn is watched as test case

The global push to more tightly regulate the internet and big tech firms is spreading to one of the web’s biggest and least visible corners: porn. The British government wants to require porn websites to verify their users are adults. The effort is being watched by other countries hoping to better regulate pornographic content but has raised concerns about privacy, censorship and competition. It has run into multiple delays that...

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SKorean leader denounces Japanese comments over sanctions
Jul10

SKorean leader denounces Japanese comments over sanctions

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday criticized comments by Japanese officials who questioned the credibility of Seoul’s sanctions against North Korea while justifying Tokyo’s stricter controls on high-tech exports to South Korea. The issue has become a full-blown diplomatic dispute between the neighboring U.S. allies. In a meeting with South Korean business leaders at Seoul’s presidential palace, Moon...

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