UK

  • Report: Google Could Face UK Tax Inquiry After Just Paying 1.5% Last Year

    Report: Google Could Face UK Tax Inquiry After Just Paying 1.5% Last Year

    Google has about 1,200 employees in England and made £395 million in revenue there last year (that’s just under $620 million). It did, however, only pay £6 million in taxes in England last year. Unsurprisingly, that’s not sitting well with a number of British politicians and according to The Independent, Google could face a more formal investigation into its tax schemes by… Read More

  • Late, Expensive And Probably Redundant: YouView Finally Launches UK Digital TV Service

    Late, Expensive And Probably Redundant: YouView Finally Launches UK Digital TV Service

    Two years after it was meant to go live, and with a list of backers that includes the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Arqiva, BT and TalkTalk, YouView today finally crashed the UK TV party. Available by the end of July with a selection of major retailers, the service is based around an all-in-one set-top box that you can use without a subscription, which includes 100 digital TV and radio… Read More

  • London Olympics To Visitors: Don’t Share What You See

    London Olympics To Visitors: Don’t Share What You See

    Don’t copy that pole vault! According to the London 2012 Olympic “conditions for ticket holders,” you are not allowed to take pictures or video of the events nor are you allowed to “exploit” any video on social networks. Images, video and sound recordings of the Games taken by a Ticket Holder cannot be used for any purpose other than for private and domestic… Read More

  • Vodafone Buys Cable & Wireless For $1.7B, Gives Mobile Carrier Bigger Window On Enterprise, Broadband

    Vodafone Buys Cable & Wireless For $1.7B, Gives Mobile Carrier Bigger Window On Enterprise, Broadband

    Big news from the UK this morning: Vodafone, one of Europe’s biggest mobile operators, has made a formal offer to buy up the assets of Cable & Wireless Worldwide for £1 billion ($1.7 billion), a deal that catapults Vodafone into running its own fixed line network in the UK and specifically will give it a much bigger view to winning enterprise business — a big challenge to BT… Read More

  • U.K. PM David Cameron Joins Foursquare and LinkedIn

    U.K. PM David Cameron Joins Foursquare and LinkedIn

    U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron recently joined social networking sites LinkedIn and Foursquare in an effort to expand his digital presence and better connect with both citizens and businesses alike. On LinkedIn, Cameron will network with “people and businesses the PM meets regarding U.K. business, enterprise and manufacturing,” according to the official blog post from the… Read More

  • Despite Medical Concerns, Customers Having Hard Time Returning 3DS For Full Refund

    Oh boy. The Sun has the story of a man who bought the Nintendo 3DS for his young son, but had to return the device because it made him ill. Nintendo has already recommended that the console not be played by children under the age of seven, and that everyone else should limit 3D-playing time to 30 minutes per session. Not good enough, claim some folks. What’s the point of getting a 3DS… Read More

  • UK Plan Would Block Access To Sites That Assist Copyright Infringement

    There’s a plan in the UK that would, if enabled, lead to ISPs blocking access to specific Web sites in order to cut down on piracy. It takes all of two seconds to understand why this is a silly idea, and thankfully a prominent consumer rights group there has come out against it. Read More

  • RT: Twitter En Route To Floor Of UK Parliament

    Anti-Twitter people should probably click elsewhere for a few minutes, for it looks like the micro-blogging service is one step closer to making its way to the floor of the British House of Commons. I long for the day when our very own congressmen can tweet “distinguished gntleman from ohio wrng about budget, follow me 4 truth.” Read More

  • Estimate: 3DS Costs Nintendo Less Than $100 To Build

    You’ll be paying $250 when you pick up your Nintendo 3DS this weekend, but how much does it cost Nintendo to put the thing together? An estimate puts the total parts cost to Nintendo (not counting R&D, marketing, etc.) at just less than $100. These Apple-like levels of profit we’re talking about here. Read More

  • UK's Digital Economy Act Delayed Until 2012 As ISPs Vow Courtroom Battle

    The UK’s Digital Economy Act, designed to, among other things, stomp out Internet piracy once and for all, has run up against the High Court. Two of the country’s ISPs, BT and TalkTalk, will argue on Wednesday that the law is basically an unenforceable load of nonsense, and that it should be torn up and completely forgotten about. We’ll see. Read More

  • Web Inventor Tim Berners-Lee Joins Net Neutrality Support Group

    t’s one thing when one of us here stand up for Net Neutrality, but when Sir Tim Berners-Lee does it you really ought to pay attention. Why? Oh, you know, because he invented the World Wide Web. You wouldn’t be able to click-click-click around the Web if it weren’t for him. Shocking: he supports Net Neutrality. What does he know, right? Read More