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    US tax authorities query Facebook on Ireland dealings

    AFP, Published on 07/07/2016

    » NEW YORK - US tax authorities are asking Facebook to turn over documents for an investigation into the social networking giant's dealings with its Irish subsidiary, court documents show.

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    Oracle fined $200 million for overcharging US govt

    AFP, Published on 07/10/2011

    » Business software and hardware giant Oracle was fined nearly $200 million dollars for overcharging the US government, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

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    Google facing wide-ranging US antitrust probe: WSJ

    AFP, Published on 24/06/2011

    » The US Federal Trade Commission is poised to open a formal antitrust probe into whether Internet search giant Google has abused its dominance on the Web, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

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    US regulators looking into Twitter: reports

    AFP, Published on 01/07/2011

    » US regulators are reviewing Twitter's dealings with firms that build applications and services for the popular messaging service, according to published reports.

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    Taxing woes

    Database, Published on 20/10/2010

    » Cabinet approved a draft law for a "green tax" on all industries, to kick in by 2012; there is still some work to do but proposed rates are in the neighbourhood of 10,000 baht per tonne of waste water, 2,500 baht per tonne of emissions and 15 percent of 1,000 baht per tourist; Big Business enthusiastically welcomed the environmental tax proposal, but had a couple of teensy weensy little worries, hardly worth mentioning but still... such as about consumer resistance when they push the new taxes onto the public because no way will business absorb the costs; and also there's unfairness of, say, shops along the Chao Phraya dumping pollution and not having to pay any tax; also, there is concern over calling tourists "pollution"; but really, all in all, an excellent idea.

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    PM needs to become more Twitter-savvy

    Database, Don Sambandaraksa, Published on 07/04/2010

    » As Bangkok ground to a halt during the first few days of the current protests, the number of fans of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on social networking sites shot up, averaging over a thousand new fans a day and now stands at just over 120,000. Finance Minister Korn Chartikavanij similarly saw a rise in followers and now stands at around a third of that, at 33,000.

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    Waste not, want not

    Database, Published on 10/03/2010

    » This just in: Thailand will have 3G phone service in 2010; we know this is true because Prasit Prapinmongkolkarn of the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) said so, as he marked the induction of four new commissioners into the membership of the Magnificent Seven; Mr Prasit said that the NTC's only reason for existence is serving the public by allocating radio frequencies, because an unused frequency is a wasted frequency; pressed by the always doubting media as to whether the NTC will really make 3G available everywhere by New Year's Eve, Mr Prasit declared forthrightly that he will "make an effort". His Majesty the King officially approved the appointment of four new members of the Magnificent Seven - Suranand Wongwittyakamjorn, Banthoon Suphakvanich, Phana Thongmeearchom and Col Natee Sukolrat, who has recently survived a graft investigation by the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

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