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Scrap Digital Tax, or no Free Trade Deal

Logos Of FAANG Tech CompaniesThe US will not negotiate a free trade deal with the UK unless a new digital services tax is dropped, according to a newspaper report – Source: Sky News

The measure, which was proposed in 2018 by then chancellor Philip Hammond in response to fears that technology giants were not paying their fair share of tax, is due to come into effect in April next year.

But US President Donald Trump’s administration is demanding that it be ditched, The Daily Telegraph reported.

The threat had been “communicated to the UK government at multiple levels”, the newspaper said, quoting a source as saying: “The message was, ‘if you go ahead and introduce this tax, we will not begin free trade negotiations with you’.”



Viacom versus Youtube again!

The US court of appeal has agreed the decision to allow media giant Viacom to have another court hearing in their lawsuit against Google over it’s viral company Youtube over copyright infringement – accusing Youtube of  “massive intentional infringement”.

This action follows a previous court case In 2010, where a lower court dismissed Viacom’s $1bn (£630m) case against Google. The court of appeals said the dismissal was based on a mistake, as a jury could have reasonably found that YouTube knew of specific copyright infringements.

Viacom owns  MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. Viacom had claimed that “tens of thousands of videos” based on its copyrighted works had been posted on YouTube, and that both YouTube and its owner Google had known about it but had done nothing about it.

Google and YouTube had argued that they were entitled to “safe harbour” protection under digital copyright law because they had insufficient notice of particular alleged offences.


Google is fast becoming the most richest company in the world (Walmart holds that position) it is currently valued at making roughly $69 Billion a year from its advertising revenue. Originally the search engine software was written by two students at Stanford University by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. They wanted to create software that indexes the internet. Larry Page’s name is given to the phrase “PageRank” as it was his ability to write software that recognised ‘keywords’ and their relevance in finding a relavent site – so in “Search Engine Optimisation” your content and keywords dominate.

Originally in 1991 the only software available was “Archie” and “Gopher” . Yahoo! came into existence when two students( Jerry Yang and David Filo) created a search engine software in January 1994. However Yahoo! became cumbersome in it’s loading as advertising was introduced to its search page – and so in 1996  Google took over and the rest is history – many search engines have appeared (Altovista, AskJeaves, Excite, Lycos, etc.) But only one has dominated due to its simpliticty of being one of the best web crawlers.

So when you search on Google’s servers – you’re not searching the internet as such (that is impossible) only searching the index of Google which scans and then stores cached pages of its monthly scan of the internet. However – be careful when writing your website and make sure you have all the links correct otherwise Google will see missing links. Basically Google reads only words and links URLs.

SDMX Conference 2nd May Washingtob DC

The third SDMX Global Conference took place in Washington during May 2-4, 2011. Hosted by the World Bank and IMF, the conference was attended by more than 200 officials from 90 countries, as well as all major international agencies and six vendors including Google.

The Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange, also known as SDMX, is the electronic exchange of statistical information and is sponsored by the BIS, ECB, Eurostat, IMF, OECD, UN and the World Bank. Its goal is to develop and promote technical standards, content-oriented guidelines and related implementation tools to foster greater efficiencies and reduce reporting burden associated with the exchange of statistical information

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