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August 30, 2016, 1:45 PM

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EU Press Room:
European Commission rules that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to €13B, or around $14.5B, to Apple; Ireland must now recover unpaid taxes from Apple  —  The European Commission has concluded that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to €13 billion to Apple.
Tim Cook / Apple:
Apple: EU's claim that Ireland gave Apple a special tax deal “has no basis in fact or in law” and will be harmful for investment and job creation in Europe  —  Thirty-six years ago, long before introducing iPhone, iPod or even the Mac, Steve Jobs established Apple's first operations in Europe.
BBC:
Apple and Irish government say they will appeal EU tax ruling  —  Ireland should recover up to €13bn (£11bn) from Apple in back taxes, the European Commission has ruled.  —  After a three-year investigation, it has concluded that the US firm's tax benefits are illegal.
Bloomberg:
EU says there was “no factual or economic justification” for Ireland's tax deal with Apple  —  EU says Irish deal slashed iPhone maker's taxes from 2003-2014  —  Ireland has vowed to appeal tax decision in European courts  —  Apple Inc. was ordered to repay a record 13 billion euros …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Sonos speakers will integrate with Amazon's Alexa next year and will let Spotify's app control audio starting this October  —  Wireless speaker system maker Sonos announced two software partnerships today with Spotify and Amazon.  The Spotify integration allows users to control …
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Intel launches “Kaby Lake” 7th-generation CPUs with improved support for 4K video  —  New 7th-generation Core CPUs have a lot in common with the 6th generation.  —  Intel's tick-tock model may be dead, but the PC industry still demands new hardware every year.
Tanya Dua / Digiday:
Ex-Facebook trending news curator: business side influenced editorial, challenging journalism ethics; the news algorithm needs major improvements  —  Barely two days after changes to its Trending Topics section, a fake article about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly began trending on Facebook …
Gina Hall / Silicon Valley Business Journal:
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Twitter expands Amplify Publisher program to individual video creators in the US, giving them 70% of ad revenue; the deal does not require content exclusives  —  Twitter's 70/30 revenue split is better than YouTube's deal.  —  Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Fullscreen
Bloomberg:
Sources: tighter Pencil integration across iOS for iPad Pro coming in 2017; Mac updates due later this year; Apple is working with LG on a standalone 5K display  —  Deeper stylus integration, faster displays planned for iPads  —  New MacBooks, iMac, and 5K monitor with LG in product pipeline

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