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Amazon Opening TV and Movie Development Center

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5928173/amazon-opening-tv-and-movie-development-center-in-london

Amazon Opening TV and Movie Development Center in LondonWe’ve known for some time that Amazon is planning to make original TV content. But now Bezos and co have announced that Amazon is turning its back on the US, instead choosing to develop a center in London to spearhead its move into media.

The Telegraph reports that the Seattle-based firm has named London “the obvious choice” for the new “digital media development” center, because “Britain has led the way in pioneering on-demand services which allow users to rent films and television over the internet.”

Amazon has announced today that it’s taking over an eight-story, 47,000 square foot office near Barbican tube station, in the heart of London. Speaking to the Telegraph, Paula Byrne, the center’s managing director, explained:

“I wouldn’t underplay the value that the UK has brought to this sector. When you look at the specialist skills that are available here, it is the obvious place to come… Innovation is part of the Amazon DNA and we are creating a centre of excellence to design and develop the next generation of TV and film services for a wide range of digital devices.”

Amazon currently owns two London-based on-demand media services—LoveFilm and Pushbutton—and the staff from those are excepted to move in to the new building right away. From there, who knows what direction Amazon will head in. [Telegraph]

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Monday, July 23rd, 2012 digital No Comments

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5892538/chinese-spies-friended-nato-officials-with-a-fake-facebook-account

Chinese Spies Friended NATO Officials With a Fake Facebook AccountLast year, a huge swath of senior British military officers and Defense Ministry officials became friends with who they thought was United States Navy admiral James Stavridis. While Stavridis is a real US Commander, sadly it now turns out that the man behind the Facebook profile wasn’t him; it was actually a Chinese spy.

In friending the spy, those British officials obviously leaked their own personal information reports ZDNet. That includes e-mail addresses, phone numbers, pictures, the names of family members, and possibly even the details of their movements.

Perhaps understandably, NATO is recultant to state exactly who was behind the attack, but The Telegraph reveals that it was almost certainly someone inviolved in Chinese intellgience. A spokesperson from NATO said in a statement:

“There have been several fake supreme allied commander pages. Facebook has cooperated in taking them down. We are not aware that they are Chinese. The most important thing is for Facebook to get rid of them. First and foremost we want to make sure that the public is not being misinformed. Social media played a crucial role in the Libya campaign last year. It reflected the groundswell of public opposition, but also we received a huge amount of information from social media in terms of locating Libyan regime forces. It was a real eye-opener. That is why it is important the public has trust in our social media.”

While it’s one thing ensuring that Facebook cooperates with these kinds of problems, I can’t help but think that a little more caution on the part of these Facebookin’ officials might help rather more.

(Note: the image above is actually the official NATO page of James Stavridis—the fake page has been taken down.) [ZDNet and The Telegraph]

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A Raid On A Luxury Ski Resort Has Uncovered The True Scale Of Tax Evasion In Italy

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A raid by Italian tax officials on a luxury ski resort revealed dire rates of tax evasion, reports the Telegraph

Officials traced the license plates of several of the Lamborginis, Ferraris and other high-end vehicles that lined the streets of Cortina d’Ampezzo, a popular ski resort among wealthy Italians. In all, 133 vehicles were investigated; the owners of 42 of these were found to have reported annual salaries of less than $28,000 a year. 

The investigators also reportedly found that hotels, restaurants and boutiques in the resort were wildly under-declaring how much income they were generating. 

For example, Reuters reports that restaurants being studied by authorities were issuing sales receipts amounting to 300 percent more sales than the previous year. This demonstrated the fact that such establishments had not previously issued sales receipts in order to cut down their tax bills. 

The news wire also added that tax evasion is becoming such a severe problem in Italy that the government is installing special dogs at borders, designed to sniff out bank notes with the aim of stopping people smuggling their savings abroad. 

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A Raid On A Luxury Ski Resort Has Uncovered The True Scale Of Tax Evasion In Italy

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/italy-tax-ski-resort-2012-1


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A raid by Italian tax officials on a luxury ski resort revealed dire rates of tax evasion, reports the Telegraph

Officials traced the license plates of several of the Lamborginis, Ferraris and other high-end vehicles that lined the streets of Cortina d’Ampezzo, a popular ski resort among wealthy Italians. In all, 133 vehicles were investigated; the owners of 42 of these were found to have reported annual salaries of less than $28,000 a year. 

The investigators also reportedly found that hotels, restaurants and boutiques in the resort were wildly under-declaring how much income they were generating. 

For example, Reuters reports that restaurants being studied by authorities were issuing sales receipts amounting to 300 percent more sales than the previous year. This demonstrated the fact that such establishments had not previously issued sales receipts in order to cut down their tax bills. 

The news wire also added that tax evasion is becoming such a severe problem in Italy that the government is installing special dogs at borders, designed to sniff out bank notes with the aim of stopping people smuggling their savings abroad. 

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A False Groupon Offer Ruined Christmas In This British City

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/groupon-uk-christmas-york-2011-12


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A false Groupon offer for a Santa’s grotto in the English city of York has lead to the resignation of one of Santa’s elves, reports the Telegraph.

Groupon mistakenly sent out an email to parents saying that the grotto would be offering a festive train ride. It wasn’t, and when 2,000 families turned up with vouchers from the website and learned of no train ride, it wasn’t a pretty scene.

It is reported that the grotto’s staff received so much abuse from angry parents that one of Santa’s elves resigned, unhappy at the treatment he had been subject to.

It is thought that Groupon may have confused the grotto in York with another one in the nearby city of Hull, which did have a train ride.

The mistake comes as Groupon is under investigation by the British Office of Fair Trade with the company reportedly violating 50 advertising regulations this year.

The Telegraph reports that the company could be taken to court over the violations and may face both criminal and civil charges.

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