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People in the UK are angry about Google's new tax deal (GOOG)

There's mounting anger in the UK over Google's £130 million bill.

An HMRC investigation was settled with a £130 million bill for the Californian search giant for the past 10 years of activity.

Critics say this pales in comparison to Google's £4 billion annual revenues in Britain.

The company's European arm is headquartered in Ireland, which allows it to pay a lower rate of tax than it otherwise would.

Labour is furious

Labour is leading the criticism of the tax deal. On Monday, shadow chancellor John McDonnell was granted an urgent question in Parliament to ask about the deal.

He alleged that Google's "effective tax rate is now around 3%."

McDonnell — and multiple other MPs — are calling on the government to fully explain how the £130 million figure was reached.

An 'Uber for kids' startup just poached a key executive from Uber itself

As the new war over who you should trust to drive your kids heats up, one startup just made a key hire that could set it apart from the pack. 

The Los Angeles-based HopSkipDrive plans to announce today that it's hired Eyal Gutentag, Uber's former general manager for LA. 

Gutentag, a father of two, joins the startup cofounded by three moms.

"Eyal brings significant operational expertise, rideshare expertise, as well as experience at scale," said Joanna MacFarland, HopSkipDrive's cofounder and CEO. "He's also a dad of two young kids so he fits well culturally and shares the importance and the priority that we place on safety."

HopSkipDrive has a harder battle than Uber because of its focus on safety — you wouldn't want just anyone with a car to drive your kids around.

Miley Cyrus will star in Woody Allen's new Amazon show (AMZN)

Pop singer Miley Cyrus will star in the original television show that famed director Woody Allen is writing and producing for Amazon, Deadline reveals

The ecommerce company signed on Allen last January to write a show about whatever he wanted.

Although Allen confessed to struggling with ideas back in May, causing him to regret his decision to sign on with Amazon, he now plans to begin shooting a 1960s-rooted show starring Cyrus and Elaine May in March. 

These 10 cities have the fastest-growing startup scenes — and neither New York nor Silicon Valley made the cut

The conventional wisdom is that Silicon Valley is the only great place to found a tech startup. It's got great engineers, a huge network of financiers and advisers, and pleasant weather all year.

But it's also ridiculously expensive. To buy a house and live comfortably in San Francisco, a person needs a salary of more than $180,000 per year — more than double the salary needed to do the same in LA, according to a recent survey.

Where else should you settle?

To get an idea, 

The 10 most important things in the world right now
Posted January 25, 2016 11:12 PM
The 10 most important things in the world right now

Good morning! Here's what you need to know on Tuesday.

1. Explorer Henry Worsley died just 30 miles from completing a historic solo-crossing of the Antarctic. The former British Army officer collapsed with exhaustion and dehydration while attempting to walk across the continent completely unsupported and unassisted.

2. For the past year China has been preparing its oil refineries to dump a massive load of supply onto an already oversupplied market. All of this has to do with China's attempt to invigorate its private markets — to liberalise its economy.


Microsoft and Google are learning how hard it is to be like Apple (AAPL, GOOG, MSFT)

It's not easy being Apple, as Microsoft and Google are starting to find out. 

Last week, prominent Microsoft blogger Paul Thurrott slammed the company for the poor reliability of the Surface Book laptop, echoing my own sentiments on the Surface Pro 4 tablet.

Today, AnandTech's frighteningly comprehensive review of the Google Pixel C tablet — which, in fairness, I mostly liked — takes Google to task for stability problems, weird glitches, and the poor state of the Android operating system on a tablet, which is a fair rap. 

You'll never be without wifi if you fly JetBlue
Posted January 25, 2016 3:41 PM
You'll never be without wifi if you fly JetBlue

For the first time since 2000, JetBlue has redesigned the interior of its fleet of Airbus A320 jets. 

In addition to the obligatory new seats and in-flight entertainment system, JetBlue's fleet of A320s will get access to the airline's free gate-to-gate wifi service — called Fly-Fi.

Gate-t0-gate service provides free wifi connectivity from the second a passenger steps onboard — until that passenger deplanes.

That means you can now remain connected to internet even during takeoff and landings.

The service uses technology from Thales and ViaSat to offer 12-20 mbps of speed. 

"Travel preferences have changed in the last 15 years, and we’re investing in what customers want today," JetBlue vice president of brand and product development Jamie Perry said in a statement.

Meet Twitter's new product chief: Jack Dorsey (TWTR)

If you've been wondering who will replace Twitter's departing head of product, Kevin Weil, now you have your answer.


Or, put another way, Jack Dorsey. 

Twitter revealed on Monday that the company will not appoint a direct successor to Weil, who is one of the five high-level execs that are leaving the company. Weil has overseen Twitter's product since October 2014, a period during which the company's user growth has basically ground to a halt. 

Twitter said it was not hiring a new head of product, confirming a report first reported

We asked industry experts what the 'Uber of Healthcare' will be — here's how they responded

One of the world's biggest industries has yet to face a disruptor like Uber and Airbnb.

At JPMorgan's annual healthcare conference this month, Business Insider had the chance to sit down with industry leaders and ask them what could disrupt healthcare in the same way.From gene therapy to robotics, these are their predictions:

The difference between healthcare and already-disrupted industries

Before jumping in, many made it clear that there's a big factor that stands in the way of truly "disruptive" companies in healthcare.

Facebook's newest data center is going to make some big tech companies very nervous (FB)

Facebook announced today that it plans to open a new data center in Clonee, Ireland — named EU2 — since it's the second data center in the European Union, after the first in Luela, Sweden. 

This new data center is Facebook's sixth overall, reflecting the social network's ever-growing need to build more infrastructure to handle all those photos, videos, and 'likes.' 

But there's something different about this one, and it's going to make a lot of big tech companies sit up and take notice.

First off, this data center will run on 100% clean, renewable wind power. Second, and more importantly, EU2 is the first data center from Facebook, and therefore in the world, to be 100% powered by