UK Government to tax every British broadband connection £20 for copyright enforcement

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A £20 charge could be levied on every broadband connection in Britain, to pay for an agency that will provide data about serial copyright-breakers to music and film companies, if plans due to be announced today by the Government in its ‘Digital Britain’ green paper come to fruition.

Today, Lord Carter of Barnes will propose the creation of a quango which will be paid for by a levy on ISPs, who’ll almost certainly pass the cost on to their subscribers. Also in the white paper is a proposition that every house has a right to 2Mb/s broadband.

Google planning offshore, tax-evading, auto-powering, floating data warehouses

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Google is planning to launch a fleet of ships to house its search operations. These ships will power themselves by harnessing wave energy. The “water-based data centres” will cool themselves using the sea.

This staggering and frankly unbelievable lurch into piracy was revealed by The Times, which says Google will also benefit by avoiding paying tax on its data warehousing spaces by housing some of its facilities in international waters…

UK tax deadline extended as website crashes

Leave your tax to the last minute? Join the club, just about everyone does, even though you have from July to post it. And that’s bad news for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), which has been forced to extend its self-assessment tax return deadline after its website crashed under weight of traffic on the last day of filing.