China Accuses Coca-Cola of Misusing GPS Equipment
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are investigating whether Coca-Cola Co. employees improperly used location-finding technology in violation of restrictions on map-making. Coca-Cola said Thursday it was cooperating with investigators. It said trucks for some of its bottling plants use location technology that is widely available commercially in China to improve the efficiency of deliveries. Coca-Cola employees in the southwestern province of Yunnan were found improperly using handheld global positioning system devices, the deputy director of the national surveying agency told government radio this week. It was one of 21 similar cases involving companies using GPS devices in Yunnan to “illegally obtain classified information,” said the official, Li Pengde, according to the China National Radio website. He gave no additional details. Beijing tightly controls map-related activities due to both national security concerns and political sensitivities about the location of its borders. Providers ...
South Korea mall says 'Hello shopper, nice to see you'
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 04:36 Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images People walk through a mall in Seoul's Gangnam District in Seoul, South Korea. Here's an idea: Put kiosks throughout a mall armed with facial recognition cameras that figure out a shopper's gender and age. The Wall Street Journal says it's happening now at the International Finance Center Mall in Seoul, South Korea. The system then makes shopping recommendations and will soon generate customized ads. The demographic data is being gathered, but the company involved says there's no personal information. Chester Wisniewski, at the online security firm Sophos, "The creepy factor to it all is that the technology being used isn’t really all that different than the technology that could be used to more pinpoint who you actually are or potentially record you." He says it's not much a leap between tech that recognizes you in the mall to tech that links that with your social media profile. Which is happening now in the U.S. although ...
China's Foxconn worker riot and Iran's shadow Internet
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 03:02 MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images A group of protestors from SACOM (Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour) demonstrate outside the Foxconn annual general meeting (AGM) in Hong Kong on May 18, 2011. With all this information technology at our disposal, it's striking how getting to the truth of a matter can still be so tough. Two tech stories from opposite sides of the world today remind us how even in 2012 the flow of information is still tightly controlled. First, Iran, where authorities seem to be restricting access to some big websites . Cyrus Farivar is an editor at the online technology publication, Ars Technica. "There were reports that Iran had blocked Gmail and Google," says Cyrus Farivar, an editor at Ars Technica, "thereby cutting off Iranian internet users from using those popular internet services." The reason for the interruption? Some Iranian media report the temporary restriction was in response to protests over the inflammatory ...
Ireland: VAT Update: ECJ Decision Reduces Risk Of VAT Costs Arising For Investment Funds - Matheson
The European Court of Justice has recently released its decision in the GfBk case and clarified that the exemption from VAT for investment management services provided to special investment funds includes those services which are purely advisory and information services.
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United States: FSA Fines Lamprell Plc For Listing Rules Breaches - Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
The Final Notice issued to Lamprell plc on 15 March 2013 by the Financial Services Authority provides a timely reminder to listed companies of the consequences of non-compliance with their obligations under the Listing Rules.
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