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  • Apple unveils TV subscription service with help from Oprah Winfrey

    Steven Spielberg and Big Bird on hand as company reveals new services including credit card and gaming platform

    Apple unveiled a host of new subscription services at a star-studded event in Cupertino, California, on Monday morning.

    The event marked the debut of a new era for a company that built its brand on hardware and software; just last week, Apple announced new products with little fanfare, saving its firepower for Monday’s celebration of services, from its attempt to take on Netflix to a new Apple credit card.

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  • IMF chief joins calls for big tech firms to pay more tax

    Christine Lagarde says governments must address corporation taxation concerns

    The managing director of the International Monetary Fund has joined the growing clamour to further tax tech firms Google, Facebook and Amazon as part of a wider review of “outdated” global corporation tax rules.

    In a speech in Washington, Christine Lagarde said governments must react to growing concerns that digital companies pay little tax in most countries where they operate, which denyies exchequers vital funds for public services and welfare.

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  • The secrets of 'review-bombing': why do people write zero-star reviews?

    The games world is awash with spiteful online appraisals – but what’s the point? A committed review-bomber tells all

    In an age when everyone’s a blogger or social media influencer, it’s easy for traditional criticism to get drowned out. It’s at the epicentre of this din of competing opinions that Metacritic – a review aggregator owned by CBS that parses disparate media scores into round(ish) numbers – has flourished. Every game, album and movie that is released gets added to site’s gargantuan database, and review scores from tens or hundreds of publications are crunched into an easily digestible average.

    But on the right side of each product’s page is a separate score, a bane of developers, directors and record companies everywhere: the user reviews section. It’s a public forum where anyone who registers an account can jump into the discussion, leave their own score and heap praise on a release – or, perhaps more often, pour scorn on one.

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