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Questions and Answers on VAT reform in the EU

Posted: 4 October
European Commission - Fact Sheet

Questions and Answers on VAT reform in the EU

Brussels, 4 October 2017

Questions and Answers on VAT reform in the EU

Why does the EU's VAT system need reform?

The current VAT rules for cross-border trade between businesses in EU Member States date back to 1993, just after the creation of the Single Market. At the time, they were meant to be transitional. The rules do not take into account technological...

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UAE firms must prove VAT-compliance

Posted: 25 September

UAE logistics firms must prove VAT-compliance
by ASC Staff on Sep 25, 2017, www.arabiansupplychain.com

Companies operating in the UAE will need to prove their VAT compliance to tax officials, according to Girish Chand, director, MCA Chartered Accountants, who spoke at the VAT Talks conference in Dubai.

The sessions were held to discuss the impact of VAT on business operations, especially their supply chain, working capital, commercial operations...

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Headlines - The Register

Facebook Messenger backdoor demand, bail in Bitcoin, and lots more

18 August - 10:21

If you're not already suffering from Black Hat/DEF CON overload

Roundup  It's time for another rapid roundup of computer security news beyond what we've already reported.…

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Nvidia shrugs off crypto-mining crash, touts live ray-tracing GPUs, etc

18 August - 08:33

Also, how Apple's Siri uses your location to improve its speech recognition

Roundup  Here's your quick roundup of AI news beyond what we've already written about this week.…

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SentinelOne makes YouTube delete Bsides vid 'cuz it didn't like the way bugs were reported

18 August - 01:51

Research silenced amid copyright, trademark claim

Updated  If you were at BSides Manchester in England this week, you hopefully caught James Williams' presentation on the shortcomings of some commercial antivirus tools.…

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'Oh sh..' – the moment an infosec bod realized he was tracking a cop car's movements by its leaky cellular gateway

18 August - 01:20

Internet boxes blab coordinates on login pages

Black Hat  If you want to avoid the cops, or watch deliveries and call-outs by trucks and another vehicles in real-time, well, there's potentially not a lot stopping you.…

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DeepMind AI bots tell Google to literally chill out: Software takes control of server cooling

17 August - 23:31

Oh good, we're out of the board games phase, then

DeepMind’s artificially intelligent algorithms are directly controlling the cooling systems within Google’s data centers to improve efficiency.…

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Now you can tell someone to literally go f--k themselves over the internet: Remote-control mock-cock patent dies

17 August - 22:34

Talk about getting off on a technicality...

It is a great day for those who dream of Internet-of-Flings sex toys. A key patent describing web-connected remote-controllable techno-dildos has expired.…

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Google responds to location-stalking outcry by… tweaking words on its BS support page

17 August - 21:16

Hi, is that the FTC? Yep, they're at it again

Google has responded to an outcry over how it continues to keep a record on people's whereabouts – even when they specifically opt-out – by changing the word of its misleading help page.…

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Facebook flat-out 'lies' about how many people can see its ads – lawsuit

17 August - 20:51

'Made-up PR numbers' used by social giant to exaggerate online advertising audience

Facebook brags it has a massive real audience, estimated to be about 2.23bn monthly users and 1.47bn daily users after culling more than 1.27bn fake accounts.…

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Web cache poisoning just got real: How to fling evil code at victims

17 August - 17:05

Cache me outside, how 'bout dah?

BSides Manchester  Websites can be hijacked to turn their caches into exploit delivery systems.…

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ZX Spectrum reboot scandal biz gets £35k legal costs delayed

17 August - 16:13

But just for a month - and what a month September will be for its directors

The directors of the company at the heart of the ZX Spectrum reboot scandal have been ordered to pay yet more legal costs as they keep trying to kick their financial woes into the long grass.…

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UK.gov told data-sharing plans need vendor buy-in

17 August - 15:31

Think tank calls for open standards, interoperability

Government departments should mandate interoperability when procuring systems and establish audit trails to track data use in order to benefit from data sharing, a think tank has said.…

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Shiver me timbers: Symantec spots activist investor Starboard side

17 August - 14:30

Time for cyber-security firm to pull up the baggywrinkle?

Security slinger Symantec is facing a bruising battle with activist investor Starboard Value, which has nominated five directors to the security firm's board after having amassed a 5.8 per cent shareholding.…

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Self-driving cars will be safe, we're testing them in a massive AI Sim

17 August - 13:30

It's turtles all the way down

The British government this week unveiled plans for an ambitious AI simulator to be used to test self-driving cars. It's part of a stated mission to make the UK the world's leading destination for testing autonomous vehicles.…

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Most staffers expect bosses to snoop on them, say unions

17 August - 12:55

You’re not paranoid if they’re really out to get you

The TUC, a federation of trade unions in England and Wales, is lobbying to gain a legal right to be consulted on surveillance in the workplace, as it opened up on staffers’ growing concerns about their bosses snooping on them.…

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Home Office opens AWS cash firehose a little wider with police IT deal

17 August - 12:25

Contract notice reveals yet another UK.gov systems migration to Bezos cloud

The Home Office wants to dump all of Britain’s national-level police IT onto Amazon Web Services' public cloud.…

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DXC Technology asks field-based techies if they'd like to leave

17 August - 11:55

Just when you thought it was safe to hang out at the water cooler

Just as DXC Technology workers thought they’d escaped a summer redundancy session the perennial cost-cutter has asked for volunteers to form an orderly queue to the exit door.…

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What happens to your online accounts when you die?

17 August - 11:25

The digital entropy of death

BSides Manchester  What happens to the numerous user logins you've accumulated after you die or become too infirm to manipulate a keyboard?…

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Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early

17 August - 10:27

At first they started out real cool...

On-Call  Friday is upon us once more, which can mean only one thing: it’s time for On Call, our weekly instalment of Reg readers’ tech support frustrations.…

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Windows 10 Linux Distribution Overload? We have just the thing

17 August - 09:53

Processes, Services, Installations: One UI to rule them all. Almost.

An attempt to cure the headache of a Windows 10 desktop festooned with Linux distributions has arrived in the form of WSLTools from Opsview.…

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Early bird tickets for our AI and ML Conference end tonight!

17 August - 09:31

Buy your tickets now and save hundreds

Our early bird ticket offer for Minds Mastering Machines expires this evening, so act now if you want to enjoy three days of conference and workshops showing how real organisations can exploit machine learning and artificial intelligence.…

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Home Office seeks Brexit tech boss – but doesn't splash the cash

17 August - 09:10

£100k to sort borders, immigration, biometrics systems by 2019. Did we mention it's in Croydon?

The reality of the mammoth task facing the Home Office in preparing for Brexit appears to have sunk in – the department is seeking a technology lead for the UK’s exit from the European Union.…

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Lo and behold, Earth's special chemical cocktail for life seems to be pretty common

17 August - 08:01

Maybe its inhabitants are mostly harmless and ordinary too

Earth appears to be unique and inhabited by living creatures, but the building blocks required for life to bloom are actually quite common, according to new research.…

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I wish I could quit you, but cookies find a way: How to sidestep browser tracking protections

17 August - 07:30

Chrome, Safari, Opera, Tor Browser at risk to various levels

Browsers' built-in tools that crumble web cookies that track you around the internet can be bypassed or rendered ineffective by malicious websites.…

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Blinking internets, Batman! O2 trials 5G over lightbulbs

17 August - 07:01

Let there be light

Telefonica’s O2 has confirmed that it is experimenting with transmitting high speed data using lightbulbs, the brainchild of an Edinburgh University professor Harald Haas.…

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Go Zuck Yourself: Facebook destroys patent suit over timeline

17 August - 00:18

Chalk one up in court for the Social Network

Facebook has prevailed in a suit over its iconic news feed and claims it ripped off the idea from a patent troll.…

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Net neutrality freaks furious over lack of fury at FCC hearing

17 August - 00:14

Unbelievable that more wasn't made of this non-story

Net neutrality advocates were left furious on Thursday that there wasn't more fury directed at the chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at Congressional hearing despite, the fact he killed off net neutrality several months ago.…

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Who was it that hacked Apple? Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie, boy boy boy!

17 August - 00:02

Protip: don't label your folder of warez as "hacky hack hack"

An overzealous Apple fanboy from Australia plead guilty to criminal charges after he allegedly cracked the Cupertino giant's systems in hopes of landing a job.…

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GitHub goes off the Rails as Microsoft closes in

16 August - 23:59

Ruby shop turns to Go, Java, and Kubernetes for platform makeover

Analysis  GitHub invited a handful of journalists to its San Francisco headquarters to explain how the social code hosting biz is evolving from a website into a platform.…

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Boffins build the smallest transistor, controlled by an atom

16 August - 21:20

It has potential, but don't expect anything useful too soon

The world’s smallest transistor can be controlled by a single atom, according to a scientists from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany.…

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Juno this ain't right! Chinese hackers target Alaska

16 August - 21:11

Tsinghua University blamed for espionage attack

An attack on US government facilities in Alaska has been traced back to China's Tsinghua University and a larger hacking effort.…

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Your Twitter app stopped working? Here's why

16 August - 21:02

Social media shifts APIs, starts charging for some features

Is Twitter broken? That's what many are asking today as their favorite apps for the social media service suddenly appeared to stop working.…

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Pavilion compares RocE and TCP NVMe over Fabrics performance

16 August - 19:23

TCP slower but not by much and enables Ethernet use

Analysis Pavilion Data says NVMe over Fabrics using TCP adds less than 100µs latency to RDMA RoCE and is usable at data centre scale.…

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Don't you just love Windows 10 refreshes, yells Lenovo

16 August - 17:34

Chinese biz exploits PC upgrade cycle... for the moment

Windows 10 PC refreshes in business land helped Lenovo report double digit sales growth for the first quarter of its fiscal 2019 earnings - the Chinese giant made hay while the sun shone.…

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NetApp flashes numbers at rivals: NAND we're eating your dinner

16 August - 16:23

EMC, HP rationalising, while IBM, Hitachi, Fujitsu, Oracle just defending installed base

All flash arrays made up just 14 per cent of NetApp's installed base, up from 10 per cent last year, but the firm expects NAND price declines to push that number up higher.…

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Distro inferno: Debian's still rocking at 25

16 August - 15:30

Sleeker, slimmer and now a bit greyer

Hot on the heels of Slackware's quarter century comes the 25th anniversary of the announcement that Debian was incoming.…

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Rimini Street slapped with ban in Oracle copyright dispute

16 August - 14:49

Big Red awarded $30m legal fees as judge slams support biz's 'significant litigation misconduct'

Oracle has won a permanent injunction against Rimini Street, banning it from controversial support practices that have been ruled a violation of copyright laws.…

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Arm debuts CPU roadmap for the first time, sort of

16 August - 14:00

Move reflects desire to develop in the open, says company not developing in the open

Chip designer Arm for the first time in recent memory has presented a roadmap, sparsely detailed through it may be, covering future CPU plans for 5G always-on connected mobile and laptop devices.…

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Datrium shifts disasters up the Amazon: Adds DR in AWS for on-prem kit

16 August - 13:38

Locks out 3rd party DRaaS folk with VM-centric cloud stuff

Datrium has introduced disaster-recovery-as-a-service to its existing on-premises DVX system.…

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Rejoice! Thousands more kids flock to computing A-level

16 August - 12:50

Even more impressively, thousands are passing it with good grades, too

It’s that day again, the day when picture editors across the British news media drop everything to find fresh photos of teenagers suspended in mid-air. Yes, it’s A-level results day – and thousands more pupils are passing exams in computing rather than old school ICT.…

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Using Microsoft's Hybrid MDM? Er, not for much longer

16 August - 12:04

You will move to Intune on Azure. You have one year to comply

Microsoft has warned customers managing mobile devices using hybrid MDM that the clock is now ticking for the service and gently reminded them to consider migrating to Intune on Azure?…

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Array with it: Western Digital's finance arm slings a few million at Excelero

16 August - 11:26

Tech collab could see Excelero support WD’s OpenFlex and Kingfish

NVMe over Fabrics flash array supplier Excelero has received a strategic investment from Western Digital's capital-investment arm, taking total funding to $35m.…

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Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition

16 August - 10:57

Always believe in Go ...

Google's "Poundland" Edition of Android – Go – has received an update to 9.0 Pie.…

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Google risks mega-fine in EU over location 'stalking'

16 August - 10:15

First big test for GDPR looms

Special Report  Privacy campaigners say Google's obsessive collection of location markers violates Europe's privacy laws - potentially exposing the Californian giant to punitive fines.…

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Brit banks must disclose outages via API, decrees finance watchdog

16 August - 09:40

Perhaps TSB's total s*itshow wasn't in vain

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is enforcing new rules that obligate banks to publicly reveal the number and frequency of online outages – including whether these were caused by malicious actors.…

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Pyspark, TensorFlow, Python: What's in your machine learning toolbox?

16 August - 09:28

From data to delivery, and all points between

Events  We’ve got four workshops running on October 17, covering different technologies and approaches to getting machine learning to work for your organisation. And places for all of them are filling fast.…

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EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

16 August - 09:07

Roll your sleeves up, standards peeps

Comment  European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has lost patience with phone makers insisting on using different connector designs for charging, and promised an impact study on the consumer pain that Lightning and USB causes.…

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Kids are more likely than adults to submit to peer pressure from robots

16 August - 08:01

Hey...kids...yes order 10 of those and give me your parent's credit card details

Children are more likely than adults to buckle under peer pressure from robots, according to a study published in Science on Wednesday.…

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Mozilla-endorsed security plug-in accused of tracking users

16 August - 00:49

Web Security says there's nothing nefarious to its URL collection

A security plug-in for the Firefox browser is under fire after users discovered it was collecting and uploading their online activity.…

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Making money mining Coinhive? Yeah, you and nine other people

16 August - 00:23

10 users controlling the bulk of cryptocoin generator funds

Mining internet currency on websites with Coinhive scripts is a lucrative endeavor, but only for a handful of people.…

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Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity

15 August - 23:50

But odd results and email impersonation raise eyebrows

A pair of physicists have claimed to reach the holy grail in physics: room temperature superconductivity.…

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