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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

QEMU Qicks out release Qandidate, new Qadence for version 3.0.0

16 July - 03:02

Some qode qleanup, some tweaks and also an arbitrary numbering thing

The QEMU machine emulator and virtualizer has decided the time is right to give the world version 3.0 and seems also to have acted on a vow to qlean up its qode.…

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ZTE sends 400 million hostages, gets back in business stateside

16 July - 00:59

US commerce dept. counts escrow cash, warns it's always watching, Congress still split

Chinese telco kit-maker ZTE is back in business in the USA after doing everything asked of it by the nation’s authorities.…

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Juniper makes a meal of Spectre/Meltdown

15 July - 23:01

Plus BIND bugs, billion-Euro Nokia deal, and push-to-talk gets LTE-rrific

ROUNDUP  Juniper Networks has issued its semi-regular bug-dump, with sixteen advisories arriving late last week. There's a Spectre/Meltdown patch in there, but you need to go looking: it's in the Junos Space management platform, along with various other items.…

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Hope for Hutchins, Navy sinks contractor, there's another Russian hacking scandal, and more

14 July - 10:07

Also, make sure you update your Juniper kit quickly

Roundup  This week, when we weren't watching the football and sobbing uncontrollably, we saw security headaches at NPM and Ticketmaster, and a priest in hot water with cybercrime charges.…

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Montezuma's Revenge still too tough for AI, new Google Brain office, and other bits and bytes

14 July - 08:03

A wonderful week in machine learning

Roundup  Hello, here are some quick AI announcements from this week. A researcher reminds us to be wary of the hype around Montezuma's Revenge, there are some new framework updates from Google and Microsoft, and a new Google Brain office in Amsterdam.…

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Two-factor auth totally locks down Office 365? You may want to check all your services...

14 July - 00:48

A network's only as strong as its weakest link or worker

Hackers can potentially obtain access to Microsoft Office 365 emails and calendars even if multi-factor-authentication is in place, we were warned this week.…

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US drug cops snared crooks with pre-cracked BlackBerry mobes – and that's just the start

13 July - 23:49

Same being used against ordinary US citizens?

Analysis  Back in 2013, Canadian John Darrel Krokos got 11.5 years in a US jail for leading a massive cocaine smuggling ring. Two years later, his colleague Zaid Wakil was given a 20-year sentence.…

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Scam alert: No, hackers don't have webcam vids of you enjoying p0rno. Don't give them any $$s

13 July - 23:30

Extortionists snatch weak passwords to shame victims

Scumbags are trying to extort money from netizens by threatening to leak to friends and family videos of their marks watching X-rated videos.…

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Clean up this hot sticky facial-recog mess for us, Microsoft begs politicos

13 July - 21:50

Redmond also insists ICE is not using its AI to snare immigrants, split families at the border

Microsoft has urged US Congress to regulate the American government's use of facial-recognition technology provided by, er, Microsoft and others.…

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It's 2018 so, of course, climate.news is sold to climate change deniers

13 July - 21:20

Oh, and vaccines.news? Yep, anti-vaxxers. The same guys

In what may be the perfect combination of everything wrong with 2018, the operator of the .news dot-word has sold a batch of premium .news domains to a purveyor of what can be best described as conspiratorial content for cretins.…

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Indictment bombshell: 'Kremlin intel agents' hacked, leaked Hillary's emails same day Trump asked Russia for help

13 July - 20:13

Charges filed against dozen suspected Russian spies

American prosecutors have accused 12 suspected Russian spies of hacking Democrat and Hillary Clinton campaign officials to publicly leak their sensitive emails and potentially influence the 2016 US Presidential Election.…

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Es are good, Es are good. Xeon Es are good, says Intel: Entry-level workstation CPUs touted

13 July - 18:46

Single-socket job wakes up and smells the Coffee Lake

Intel has done a bit of Xeon processor range in-filling, and brought its single-socket Kaby-Lake-based entry-level E3 workstation family up to date.…

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Fix this faxing hell! NHS told to stop hanging onto archaic tech

13 July - 16:33

We can’t have Matt Hancock calling a hospital and hearing: baa-ruhr-reee-uh-reeee-uh-reee

The NHS has been told to stop clinging onto the past, after it was revealed trusts have more than 8,000 fax machines still in use.…

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It pays to know your enemies: Sophos webinar gives you the lowdown on cybercrime

13 July - 16:04

Move over ransomware – CPUs are being hijacked for alt-coins, now

Promo  No sooner have organisations fought off one type of security nightmare than another one looms even larger.…

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Farewell then, Slack: The grown-ups have arrived

13 July - 15:44

Rumours of email's death have been greatly exaggerated

Comment  Slack chief exec Stewart Butterfield is one of the more thoughtful Web 2.0 CEOs, but his software is like those movie sets in Westerns: all facade, no house.…

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Bogus Mobile Device Management system used to hack iPhones in India

13 July - 14:44

Baker's dozen pwned by tricksy attack

Business iPhone users in India have been targeted in a sophisticated and attack run through bogus Mobile Device Management (MDM) servers.…

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Ukraine claims it blocked VPNFilter attack at chemical plant

13 July - 12:44

We won't say who we think it is but we'll point with our elbow...

A Ukrainian intel agency has claimed it stopped a cyber attack against a chlorine plant that was launched using the notorious VPNFilter malware.…

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Adtech-for-sex biz tells blockchain consent app firm, 'hold my beer'

13 July - 12:19

Hey love, just click on this link... what do you mean, you're seeing loads of creepy articles?

Struggling to have a conversation with your partner about getting down and dirty? Well here’s an idea – use embedded native advertising to con them into initiating sex instead.…

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Microsoft: For God's sake, people, cut down on the meetings!

13 July - 11:48

With a nudge and a wink, a spy in the mailbox will tell you stuff you probably already know

Microsoft yesterday squeezed out a couple of technologies aimed at encouraging teams to adopt a healthier approach toward meetings and, you know, maybe think a bit before firing off that midnight email.…

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Chirp unveils free tier of shouting-at-IoT devices audio net tech

13 July - 11:14

One day, your gizmos can bellow nuclear power station info at each other too

IoT audio networking tech firm Chirp has punted out a free version of its software development kit.…

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Vid services and big AI appear in Microsoft's government cloud

13 July - 10:43

Feds rub their hand with glee as new toys arrive

Azure Government users rejoice! Azure Media Services and Azure Batch AI have made the leap from the public sector to the not-at-all-ominous halls of the US government.…

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Heatwave shmeatwave: Brit IT departments cool their racks – explicit pics

13 July - 10:19

As the UK melts, cash-strapped techies reach for the fans

Never let it be said that techies aren't agile or innovative – and perhaps a little slapdash – when solving problems on a tight budget.…

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No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

13 July - 09:27

Don't panic but you might just be French

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  I don't like to do it sideways. I won't do it at any fancy angle. Call me conventional but what can I say? I'm a straight-talking kind of guy.…

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Dedupe, dedupe, dedupe dedupe dedupe: Dell drops in ROBO backup appliance

13 July - 09:03

Smaller, slower box gets cloud backend tier, vow of 'up to 55:1' rate

Dell has added a low-end data protection appliance to infiltrate remote and branch offices and smaller enterprises.…

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Tech support chap given no training or briefing before jobs, which is why he was arrested

13 July - 08:34

Our hero fixed a spook-puter and tried to take a broken part back to the office

On-Call  Welcome once more to On-Call, the column The Register squeezes in before the weekend so you can revel in a fellow reader’s tales of tech support terror.…

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AR upstart Magic Leap reveals majorly late tech specs' tech specs

13 July - 08:01

And emits another video that doesn't reflect reality

Augmented reality unicorn Magic Leap has finally revealed the specifications of its upcoming AR headset, and promises it will be available this summer.…

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NFSaaS becomes ‘Azure NetApp Files’ as ONTAP-on-Azure debuts

13 July - 07:32

Preview teased in October 2017 is better late than never, but not yet for production data

Microsoft’s Azure cloud has turned on a preview of “Azure NetApp Files”, which readers may recall was NetApp teased in October 2017.…

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AI augments humans to lead them through the (protein) crystal maze

13 July - 07:02

I spy with my little AI, something hidden under the microscope

AI can help scientists spot tiny folding protein crystals, and thus one day potentially assist eggheads in designing new drugs, according to a paper published in PLOS One.…

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That went well – not! Broadcom’s value dives after CA biz gobble

13 July - 06:03

We called it the weirdest acquisition ever and investors don’t get the deal either

Broadcom’s share price has dipped by nearly 14 per cent after it announced its plan to acquire CA Technologies.…

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PC shipments just rose, thanks to Windows 10

13 July - 05:02

No, this story didn’t come through a wormhole in time. Q2 2018 was the best since 2012

Sales of personal computers rose in 2018’s second quarter, making it the best time to be in the PC business since 2012.…

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Python creator Guido van Rossum sys.exit()s as language overlord

13 July - 03:02

‘Benevolent dictator for life’ tired of the hate, leaves behind no successor or governance

Guido van Rossum – who created the Python programming language in 1989, was jokingly styled as its “benevolent dictator for life”, and ushered it to global ubiquity – has stepped down, and won’t appoint a successor.…

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Are you ready for some sueball?! NFL opens wallet, makes vid stream patent spat go away

13 July - 01:56

We’re the lawyers your mom warned you about

The NFL, the home of America's favorite form of recreational brain trauma, will find itself a bit less wealthy, after it settled a lawsuit brought by a streaming video software developer.…

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Party like it's 1999: Packets of death, code exec menace Cisco gear

13 July - 00:27

Annoying flaws found, patched in Fabric Services, NX-OS, StarOS, VOIP kit

Cisco has advised net admins using switches that run its Fabric Services on FXOS, or NX-OS software, to update their boxes following the discovery of a critical security flaw.…

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AI threatens yet more jobs – now, lab rats: Animal testing could be on the way out, thanks to machine learning

12 July - 23:53

Time for rodents to retrain as PHP programmers

Machine learning algorithms can help scientists predict chemical toxicity to a similar degree of accuracy as animal testing, according to a paper published this week in Toxicological Sciences.…

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Google's ghost busters: We can scare off Spectre haunting Chrome tabs

12 July - 22:37

Site Isolation keeps pages fully separate on Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS

Google is touting the benefits of a recently rolled out browser security feature called Site Isolation.…

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FCC caught red-handed – again – over its $225 complaint billing plan

12 July - 21:57

Plan is killed at the last minute after outrage all round

America's comms watchdog – the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – stooped to a new low on Thursday when it made last-second changes to a new complaints procedure just minutes after it denied the changes were necessary.…

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Mastercard goes TITSUP in US, UK: There are some things money can't buy – like uptime

12 July - 21:23

Total Inability to Support Usual Purchases

Updated  Register readers, and quite a few other people, have been left with dead credit cards after Mastercard's payment system took a dive on Thursday.…

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Now Pushing Malware: NPM package dev logins slurped by hacked tool popular with coders

12 July - 21:13

Tokens killed after eslint-scope utility compromised

Updated  An unfortunate chain reaction was averted today after miscreants tampered with a widely used JavaScript programming tool to steal other developers' NPM login tokens.…

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AWS Best Practices Webinar: How to get the most bang for your buck

12 July - 20:07

Learn the tenets of the AWS Well-Architected Framework’s Cost Optimization pillar

Promo  The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Well-Architected Framework is designed to assist organizations in building secure, resilient, performant and efficient infrastructure able to optimally support their applications.…

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Data Box Disks, Azure Firewalls and WANs... Microsoft REALLY wants you in its cloud

12 July - 20:04

And if you could shift Windows and SQL Server 2008 to the cloud that would be fine

Microsoft is continuing to extend the tentacles of Azure into the enterprise with a new Data Box Disk, WAN and Firewall functionality and a speed bump for its SQL data warehouse. Oh, and asks would people please stop using the 2008 editions of Windows Server and SQL Server?…

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Microsoft bids adieu to inky fingers with whiteboard app

12 July - 19:03

Didn't we have one of those already? Yes, but this empowers ideation!

Microsoft has made its Whiteboard Windows 10 app generally available in a move that Redmond hopes will see an end to dried-out marker pens and inky fingers.…

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Microsoft Teams goes free, as free as the wind blows... up to a point

12 July - 19:01

Redmond broadsides Slack with unlimited message history and more storage

On the eve of its 2018 partner conference, Inspire, Microsoft has launched a freebie version of its Slack-alike collaboration platform, Teams.…

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Datera adds container support and objects to its virtual block array

12 July - 17:58

Minnow takes on pretty much every other primary storage supplier

Storage startup Datera has spread its primary storage wings and added containerisation and object support.…

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UK.gov is ready to talk data safeguards with the EU – but still wants it all

12 July - 16:59

Look at our information protection laws and well-resourced watchdog

The UK government has insisted it's in the European Union's best interests to grant it a souped-up agreement on the protection and sharing of personal data post-Brexit and wants to start talks now.…

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Crumbs. Apple has tweaked the MacBook Pro keyboard

12 July - 16:29

They say it is 'quiet(er)'. Well, quite...

Apple gave part of its MacBook Pro line of laptops a speed bump today. But all you'll want to know really is whether the machine can still be paralysed by a crumb, or a speck of dust.…

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One two three... Go: Long Pig Microsoft avoids cannibalising Surface

12 July - 15:52

It's an Office runtime, for students

Microsoft has avoided cannibalising its boutique, premium Surface line by making one that's a lot less boutique and premium – at around half the price.…

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Ransomware is so 2017, it's all cryptomining now among the script kiddies

12 July - 15:26

Plus: Hackers take crack at cloud, phones come pre-pwned, malware's going multi-plat

The number of organisations affected by cryptomining malware in the first half of 2018 ramped up to 42 per cent, compared to 20.5 per cent in the second half of 2017, according to a new report from Check Point.…

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Palo Alto Networks rattles tin, wants $1.5bn for, er, stuff and things

12 July - 14:40

Loan notes to build war chest – yet firm denies it's eyeing up a fresh buyout

Palo Alto Networks is trying to raise $1.5bn in cash for "potential acquisitions" and "strategic transactions", the company said today – though it claims not to have any buyout targets in mind just yet.…

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Who're you callin' Snowflake? Data warehouse startup drops into Azure

12 July - 14:02

Dual citizenship with AWS

The Snowflake cloud data warehouse now has dual cloud passports, and will run in both AWS and Azure public clouds.…

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Softcat scores big in Scotland: Many a mickle makes a muckle

12 July - 13:40

A cool £160m on the table for software and services

UK-based box shifting titan Softcat, is cock-a-hoop after bagging a lucrative contract worth up to £160m to fling software at the Scottish public sector.…

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