The technology needs to grow
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz plans to extend tax incentives for electric company cars the government’s latest attempt to boost demand for clean vehicles.
Just for foreigners
Germany’s finance ministry is looking at a 15 percent special tax on online advertising revenue collected by foreign internet companies such as Google or Facebook.
Still the cheapest option
The German government wants to avoid excluding products offered by China’s Huawei Technologies in the build-out of the 5G network in Germany.
This might miff the US
While the US is leaning on its allies to cut all ties to Chinese companies and get Huawei blacklisted from lucrative 5G projects, the Germans appear to be being more pragmatic.
Set back for Qualcomm in Mannheim
A patent lawsuit filed by Qualcomm against Apple was thrown out by a German court on Tuesday.
Investigative dive: Apple or 3400 distributors cannot sell 7 or 8
Qualcomm has posted a bond to enforce an iPhone 7 / 8 Germany ban and affecting immediately Apple or its 3400 distributors which are not allowed to sell, distributive or import iPhone 7 or 8 and plus variants of both. Apple has been in dispute with Qualcomm over licensing and lost the hardware patent case in a German court in Munich on December 20th, 2018. After Qualcomm posted a bond, the permanent injunction is immediately enforceable.
Looks like Apple is not going to get away with it after all
As we predicted, fruity cargo cult Apple is not getting away with ignoring a court ban in Germany and is being forced to pull iPhones from its stores.
Deeper dive: Germany can even arrest executives
Last week’s ruling in a district court in Munich, Germany is about a hardware patent named tracking envelope and it affects the iPhone 7, 8 and 8 Plus. This is a tough defeat for Apple as while it can issue an OS update and remove the features in software and fix the China ruling, it cannot stop using Qualcomm hardware patents in German phones.
German court tells Jobs' Mob it must pay its bills for copying
Qualcomm was granted a second injunction against Apple on Thursday, banning it from selling some iPhone models in Germany that use chips from Intel and parts from another supplier, Qorvo.
France suggests a sunset clause
The European Union is working out a way to tax big tech and thinks that an agreement could still be found by the end of the year.