Italy to press ahead with web tax despite US warning: Deputy Minister

Friday, 15 November 2019

Italy intends to go ahead with its plan to introduce a new tax on digital companies, including US tech giants, despite threats of retaliation from Washington, Deputy Economy Minister Antonio Misiani said on Friday.The levy, due to be introduced from next year, will oblige companies such as Facebook, Google and Amazon, to pay a 3 percent tax on internet transactions, according to a text of the draft budget.Washington has repeatedly said the levy unfairly targeted US firms. A senior US official ...

China tests Mars lander in international cooperation push

Thursday, 14 November 2019

China has invited international observers to a test of its Mars lander as it pushes for inclusion in more global space projects. Thursday’s test was conducted at a site outside Beijing simulating conditions on the Red Planet, where the pull of gravity is about one-third that of Earth. China plans to launch a lander and rover to Mars next year to explore parts of the planet in detail. China’s burgeoning space program achieved a lunar milestone earlier this year by landing a probe on ...

Huawei can supply its products without US components: Chairman

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Huawei can ensure the supply of its products, without relying on products from the US, the company’s Chairman Liang Hua told Al Arabiya, adding that its biggest priority is to build up Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) for its 500 million users. “We can now ensure the supply continuity of our products without relying on US chips or components,” Hua told Al Arabiya in an interview on Wednesday. The Chinese telecoms giant, which is at the center of a heated battle between Beijing and ...

Disney+ debut hit by glitches as users flood the new streaming service

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Walt Disney’s much-anticipated streaming service Disney+ didn’t get the debut that it expected on Monday, as it faced technical glitches due to overwhelming demand from users. “The demand for #DisneyPlus has exceeded our highest expectations. We are so pleased you’re excited to watch all your favorites and are working quickly to resolve any current issues,” the company said in a tweet. Many subscribers who tried to access the service said they came across an image ...

Dubai mobile fueling app ENOC Link to provide fuel services to Jafza free zone

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

ENOC Link, which is 100 percent owned by Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), recently signed a deal with DP World and UAE Region – the United Arab Emirates’ trade enabler – that will allow it to offer mobile fueling services to companies and employees working and operating in Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza). The service can be accessed through a mobile app, which provides fuel delivery tracking, and allows delivery even if the customer is not present so long as the ...

Boeing says 737 MAX expected to resume flying in January

Monday, 11 November 2019

Boeing on Monday said it expects the 737 MAX airplane, which was grounded after two crashes killed 346 people, to resume flying in January, delaying its return by one month. In a statement, the group said it still hopes to receive certification next month from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), allowing it to resume MAX deliveries to airline customers before the end of the year. “In parallel, we are working towards final validation of the updated training requirements, which must ...

Chinese consumers spend billions in Singles’ Day extravaganza

Monday, 11 November 2019

E-commerce giant Alibaba filled billions of dollars in orders on Monday during China’s annual “Singles’ Day” shopping frenzy, the world’s biggest 24-hour shopping event. Total gross merchandise volume settled through the company’s payments platform Alipay hit $14.3 billion (100 billion yuan) within 63 minutes and 59 seconds, according to Alibaba – 43 minutes ahead of last year’s pace. The Alibaba Group also said it hit $12 billion (84 billion ...

Trump adviser warns China exporting tech authoritarianism

Sunday, 10 November 2019

US President Donald Trump’s technology adviser warned Thursday about China exporting authoritarianism globally in parallel with its rise as a tech power.Michael Kratsios, the US chief technology officer, told a major technology conference, “if we don’t act now, Chinese influence and control of technology will not only undermine the freedoms of their own citizens, but all citizens of the world.”Kratsios’s speech at Portugal’s Web Summit was the latest salvo in ...

Ride-hailing market revs up in Egypt

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Competition in Egypt’s ride-hailing and tech-enabled transport market is heating up as rivals from global giant Uber to smaller local firms vie for a slice of the Middle East’s largest market. Operators say there is a lot more room for growth. Egypt’s population will soon be swelling to 100 million. Taxis, minibuses, tuk-tuks, and motorbikes shuttle passengers and deliveries through crowded, chaotic streets. The biggest players are Careem and Uber, which had its IPO in May ...

Experts warn against use of digital wallets like Apple Cash

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Experts warn that digital wallet services like Apple Cash and Venmo are prime targets for scammers. Many of these services, especially newer ones, don’t protect consumers the same way credit cards do. A federal law caps consumer’s liability at $50, and most banks go further. Debit cards typically offer similar protections if a person reports the fraud immediately. But digital payment services work more like cash. Experts say consumers are typically unaware what is and isn’t ...

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