Italian prosecutors are investigating Apple for allegedly hiding $1.3 billion from local tax authorities, but the tech company dismisses the accusations.
In a country where even a former prime minister has been convicted of tax fraud, it should be little surprise that major corporations think they might be able to pull a fast one.The Italian subsidiary of multinational tech magnate Apple is under investigation by prosecutors in Italy for allegedly hiding $1.3 billion from the local tax authorities. The alleged fiscal fraud supposedly took place in 2010 and 2011, during the waning years of Silvio Berlusconi’s troubled reign when Italy’s government was on the brink of collapse.
Apple alum Tony Fadell reinvented the boring market for home thermostats with his sleek and eco-savvy digital Nest. Coming next: a smoke detector that could be a real disruptor.
Silicon Valley’s latest hot new app doesn’t have a funny name or purport to be a new social medium. In fact, it’s a pretty pedestrian piece of hardware. The hipster former Apple guys who reinvented the thermostat have come up with the next big thing: a smoke alarm.Nest Labs, founded a few years ago by Tony Fadell, who helped design the iPod, has a smash hit with the Nest thermostat—a digital, Apple-looking temperature regulator that is easily programmable, hooks up to the Internet, learns your family’s habits, and just might save the planet.
While Obama crashed and burned over health care, his nominee to head the Fed sailed through her confirmation hearing. But will Janet Yellen be any different from her predecessor?
President Obama’s press conference on Thursday was something of a horror show. By contrast, the confirmation hearing of Janet Yellen, the president’s nominee to be the next Chair of the Federal Reserve, was more like something from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. The general theme of the three-hour session was Damn it, Janet. I love you! The Senate remains a remarkably politicized place. Tea Party rogues like Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah are gumming up the works.
In a sign of just how hot the tech market has gotten, Snapchat, the popular photo messaging service, has spurned an all-cash offer from Facebook for $3 billion. Snapchat, which allows people to take pictures, draw on them, and have them disappear after a certain amount of time, is run by its 23-year-old founder Evan Spiegel. Snapchat is also being pursued by Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings, which offered an investment that would value the service at $4 billion. Spiegel reportedly will not consider any offers until 2014, as he believes Snapchat's continued rapid growth will engender an even higher valuation.
Stocks are booming, with the S&P and the Dow each near record highs. Does President Obama deserve the credit? The answer is: yes, but only some of it.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 stands about 1766, near a record high. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is at about 15,727, also near a record high. Since the lows of March 2009, both indices are up nearly 140 percent.Does President Obama deserve the credit? This was a question I was asked earlier this week on CNBC in a discussion with Reagan-era economist Art Laffer. The answer is: yes, but only some of it.In general, I believe that efforts to pin stock market success (or failure) on political figures aren’t useful.
Star reporter Brian Stelter just jumped ship to CNN, the latest in a string of big-name exits. But does the talent exodus signal trouble at the paper or only a changed media landscape?
Is The New York Times hemorrhaging talent? By most accounts, it is. Is that cause for alarm? Depends on whom you talk to.Some insiders at the Times—like most newsrooms, a hotbed of smart, ambitious, and gossipy malcontents, except more so at America’s best newspaper—claim things are getting dire. But senior management insists everything will be all right, better than all right, and advises the doomsayers to chill out and count their blessings.
For misleading infomercials.
The jury just wasn’t buying what he was selling. TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau was convicted of criminal contempt on Tuesday after airing misleading infomercials from a diet book. Trudeau, 50, defied a decade-old order from the FTC to stop making misleading ads promoting his diet books. In 2006 and 2007 he ran infomercials claiming to have discovered a secret weight-loss plan that would permanently keep off weight. According to prosecutors, Trudeau claimed to be selling a cure, when in fact he “lied about what was in the book to make more money.” The jury deliberated for only an hour before handing down the sentence. Meanwhile, another federal judge failed Trudeau to get to him to cough up alleged millions hidden overseas to pay a $37.6 million FTC fine.
Wall Street’s biggest names took to the stage on Tuesday to discuss the markets and the health of the financial industry, but their outlooks were anything but consistent.
Markets are on a roll, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average at a record high. Interest rates are very low. Inflation is non-existent. The rich have never been richer. These are very good times indeed to be a big-shot financier.And yet. The crown rests uneasily on the heads of the titans of finance. They’re concerned about America’s past and future, they’re worried about their status, and they’re looking in all sorts of unlikely places for bliss.
Deal reached with Justice Department.
We are now ready for takeoff. The proposed merger between American Airlines and U.S. Airways has achieved a preliminary agreement with the Justice Department. As a result of the tentative deal, the two companies would part with 104 slots at Reagan National in Washington, 34 slots at La Guardia in New York and other slots in Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. The agreement would avert a trial on the lawsuit by the DOJ, and was a condition of a ruling allowing American to exit from bankruptcy proceedings. The deal still must be approved by the Federal District Court in the District of Columbia.
Despite clean energy promises.
Corn-based ethanol, long seen as a boon for clean energy, is severely damaging the environment, an Associated Press investigation released Wednesday found. Farmers clamoring to cash in on government ethanol mandates have wiped out over five million acres of land once set aside for conservation, polluted water supplies, and destroyed habitats. The mass use of fertilizer by farmers also contributed to the expanding dead zone killing marine life in the Gulf of Mexico. Despite environmentalists and scientists now declaring corn-based ethanol bad for the environment, the Obama administration has continued to support it as an alternative energy source, pointing to its economic impact for farmers. The report met with fierce resistance from the ethanol industry, as Congress is now reviewing a mandate that requires oil companies to blend ethanol into their gasoline.
With an Ohio Walmart hosting a holiday food drive for its own workers, The Daily Beast's Michael Tomasky criticizes the notoriously stingy company for not paying them more.
J Street's Rabbi Jonah Gefgen decries the Conservative community's silence regarding Israel.