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Austria pressing ahead with digital tax after EU-wide plan fails

“Austria said in January that it would tax firms like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Alibaba 3 percent of their advertising revenue from within Austria” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. “I am here today to say clearly again that we will implement and stick to what we have always said, namely introduce a national digital tax in Austria.”. VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria will press ahead with a proposed tax on internet giants after plans for an European Union-wide levy fell through this week, Finance Minister Hartwig Loeger said on Friday.…

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Huawei to open first flagship store outside China in Vienna

“Mobile phones are seen at Huawei store in Madrid Thomson Reuters VIENNA (Reuters) – Huawei is to open a smartphone flagship store in Vienna, its first such outlet outside China, as part of a charm offensive in Europe where its future hangs in the balance” reports businessinsider.com. It plans to open its Vienna flagship store in the summer.Huawei has repeatedly denied the allegations and did again at a news conference in Vienna on Thursday. Source: businessinsider.com

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The Latest: Start of men’s downhill delayed due to fog

“Svindal, the two-time Olympic champion and five-time world champion, announced last month that he would retire after this race” reports foxsports.com. Already an Olympic champion in super-G at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, this is Jansrud’s first world title.ARE, Sweden (AP) — The Latest on the Alpine skiing world championships (all times local): Kjetil Jansrud narrowly beat Norwegian teammate Aksel Lund Svindal in the final race of Svindal’s career. Source: foxsports.com

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Austria to Develop Blockchain Center in Vienna

“It will consist of 21 scientific institutions, 54 companies, 17 associated participants, and 16 international institutions and companies” writes Nikita Blows for livebitcoinnews.com. In addition, the center will focus on researching technology including the Internet of Things (IoT) as well as blockchain application in different sectors such as energy and logistics. Source: livebitcoinnews.com

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Marko Arnautovic’s winner for Austria adds to Northern Ireland’s Nations League woes

“Arnautovic, a constant thorn in the Northern Ireland defence, sprung the offside trap to get on to Peter Zulj’s pass before slotting the ball past Bailey Peacock-Farrell to settle a close contest” writes Telegraph Sport for telegraph.co.uk. Following Kyle Lafferty’s shock decision to withdraw himself from the squad at the last minute, Josh Magennis was the man to start up front for Northern Ireland, but the Bolton man’s first major contribution was in defence. Source: telegraph.co.uk

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Former German intelligence chief warns against sharing secrets with Austria amid Russia link fears

“A former head of German intelligence on Wednesday warned against sharing sensitive material with Austria, amid growing fears over the close links between senior Austrian ministers and Russia” writes Justin Huggler for telegraph.co.uk. The warning comes amid concerns that a police raid on the headquarters of Austria’s BVT domestic intelligence agency earlier this year in which secret files were seized may have been politically motivated. “Caution is necessary with a service which cannot protect its own secrets or the sources and sensitive information of its partners,” said Auguste Hanning, a…

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