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August 30, 2016, 3:05 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 …
Andrew Martonik / Android Central:
Sources: this year's Google-branded Android phones will not use “Nexus” name, will feature additional software and a tweaked interface atop “vanilla” Android  —  The ‘Nexus’ brand is going away, but the biggest deal here is the large change in software experience that will accompany the new branding.
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.
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
Fortune:
Uber hires Target's CMO Jeff Jones as president, overseeing global marketing, customer service, and operations  —  Uber, the global ride-hailing giant whose reputation has see-sawed at times from brash to boorish, has plucked an image maker from a leading U.S. retailer to be one of its top executives.
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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Snapchat releases a new web tool for making custom geofilters  —  Snapchat has let you create custom geofilters for events since February, but until now you've needed image editing software to make one.  Today the company rolled out a tool for creating on-demand geofilters on the web …
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 …
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