Meanwhile, in Israel… from Globes: Israel probes Google, Facebook tax collection. “The Israel Tax Authority is assessing the activity of Facebook and Google in Israel, sources inform ‘Globes.’ The purpose of the probe is to study the companies’ business in Israel in depth in order to recommend whether they should be taxed in Israel. Tax Authority investigators recently met with media companies and customers that work with Google in order to learn about the two companies’ operational methods in the local market.”
New Zealand Herald: Australia says Facebook and Google are paying more local tax. “Facebook, Google and other multinational companies are now paying tax in Australia based on their Australian profits instead of shifting income to low-tax countries since the government cracked down on such tax avoidance, the treasurer said Tuesday.”
The New Arab: Egypt MP says social media activists should be ‘executed’. “An Egyptian parliamentarian has called for the ‘execution’ of social media activists who criticise the state. Ahmed Refaat, a member of the communication and information committee, told Egyptian website Parlmany that social media users are ‘more dangerous than spies’.”
Blue Mountains Gazette (Australia): Google called in to scrub politicians’ numbers from the internet. “Internet behemoth Google has been called in to scrub federal politicians’ private mobile numbers from the internet after a bumbling government department published them on its website. The Department of Parliamentary Services took down the offending pages from the Parliament House website on Monday after being alerted by Fairfax Media to the privacy and security breach.” That is not a breach; that is a leak. Yeah?
The Library of Congress has acquired the photographic archives of Bob Adelman. “The Library of Congress today announced the acquisition of the archives of Bob Adelman, one of the best-known photographers of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. The collection, containing 575,000 high-quality images, was given to the Library as a gift from an anonymous donor. The materials, which represent a wide range of images covering the latter half of the 20th century, will be housed in the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division. Of the 575,000 images, 50,000 are prints and the rest, negatives and slides.”
BuzzFeed: Internet Trolls Are Using Facebook To Target Myanmar’s Muslims. “Harry Myo Lin’s problems started with a photo on Facebook. The picture showed Harry, who is Muslim, posing with a female friend, who is Buddhist. Then somehow, an account belonging to a Buddhist nationalist group found it and reposted it with a caption that would put a target on Harry’s back.”
Motherboard: WikiLeaks Won’t Tell Tech Companies How to Patch CIA Zero-Days Until Its Demands Are Met. “Last week, WikiLeaks promised it would share the technical details and code of the hacking tools that the CIA has allegedly developed against Google, Apple, Microsoft and other tech companies. This week, after days of waiting, the secret-spilling site finally made initial contact with the companies.”