Google IO 2016 Coverage

South Korean government eyes new Google Tax for next year


One of the challenges that is confronting governments around the world is how to deal with increasing globalization and companies that are no longer primarily confined to operating within one country or even one region of the world. More and more, companies like Google, Apple, Samsung and others are becoming major industries in all markets where they operate. Even though they operate in many countries, often generating significant revenues in those markets, they are often sophisticated enough to take advantage of existing tax laws to greatly minimize the taxes they may pay in any given jurisdiction. The G20 plans to take up this issue next month at a meeting in Turkey, but South Korea appears to be ready to implement new tax provisions a year earlier than what the G20 is looking at by moving forward with the so-called “Google Tax” starting in 2016.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 will soon be available in Pink Gold and Silver Titanium flavours in South Korea


While many of are happy with the plain black or white options when it comes to choosing a new handset, there are some who are more adventurous that will often hold off from purchasing their preferred device because it isn’t offered in their favourite colour scheme. With this in mind, Samsung has decided it’s recently launched Galaxy Note 5 could benefit from a couple of extra options in its native South Korean market, with Silver Titanium and Pink Gold becoming available on October 23rd.

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Samsung launches the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ in South Korea


Samsung has now launched the recently-announced Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ in South Korea. The former retails for 899,800 Korean Won ($758) for the 32GB model and 965,800 Korean Won ($813) for the 64GB edition, and is available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire and Gold Platinum colorways, whilst the latter is only up for grabs in Black Sapphire and Gold Platinum, and carries a price tag of 939,400 Korean Won ($790) for the 32GB variant.

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