Apple has won its appeal against the EU, which had ordered that Cupertino pay $15 billion in back taxes, after the 2nd highest court in the EU threw out claims that the tax breaks were an illegal subsidy. Thenextweb.com reports that an EU commission hadn’t shown that Apple received an unfair advantage “to the requisite legal standard”. The Irish government had joined Apple in the appeal.

In something of a surprise move into hardware, Zoom has introduced Zoom for Home-DTEN ME, an all-in-one device claimed to be dead simple to set up and operate for home office workers to more easily do Zoom Meetings. According to techcrunch.com, the $599 device is a 27 inch screen…basically a tablet…preloaded with Zoom software and sporting 3 wide angle hi-resolution cams and 8 microphones. Zoom says you can take it out of the box, and launch it by entering a pairing code on a website on your laptop or mobile phone. The interface should then appear automatically on the Zoom device’s screen. You can link your calendar, so all upcoming meetings show up in a sidebar on the screen. It works with an existing Zoom license. They are taking pre-orders, and the gadget is expected to ship next month.

Apple has won its appeal against the EU, which had ordered that Cupertino pay $15 billion in back taxes, after the 2nd highest court in the EU threw out claims that the tax breaks were an illegal subsidy. Thenextweb.com reports that an EU commission hadn’t shown that Apple received an unfair advantage “to the requisite legal standard”. The Irish government had joined Apple in the appeal.

Photos used to train facial recognition tech were obtained without the subjects’ permission, according to a lawsuit. Cnet.com says Amazon, Google parent Alphabet, and Microsoft used the photos to train their facial recognition tech without permission in contravention of an Illinois biometric privacy statute. Three federal lawsuits have been filed on behalf of two Illinois residents, with the suits filed in California and Washington where the companies are based. No comment thus far from any of the tech firms.

Tesla is cashing in on tax breaks to build its Cybertruck factory in Texas. Austin officials have approved at least $60 million in property tax rebates for Tesla to bring the electric pickup plant there. Theverge.com reports that Austin, along with Tulsa, OK have been the leading contenders for the new factory. Although tax breaks are a factor in locating the plant, Elon Musk has said he is also considering “logistics costs, access to a large workforce with a wide range of talents, and quality of life.” The company will build the Cybertruck at the factory, as well as Model Y SUVs that are destined for the East Coast of the US.



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