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Weekly Roundups

The Week in Tech: SAT Goes After Big Tech Companies in Mexico

By Andrea Villar | Fri, 01/10/2020 - 12:11

The only two certain things in life are death and taxes. This week, SAT published the general rules to collect taxes on digital platforms like Amazon, Airbnb or Uber starting July 2020. Platforms like Netflix that are foreign residents providing digital services must register with a specific federal taxpayer registry (RFC) number, process an electronic signature certificate and designate a legal representative with an address in Mexican territory.

In other news, a report prepared by Randstad Research and published by the World Economic Forum this week says that in five years, the best-paid careers will be those dedicated to technology. Big Data professionals and engineering profiles will be the most in demand.

More news below:

  • Samsung beat expectations in the quarterly earnings report. At the Consumers Electronics Show (CES), the company attracted attention with a spherical robot and a line of exoskeletons. Now, it has published good 4Q19 results driven by renewed demand for its chips after a slow 2019.
  • TikTok had serious vulnerabilities that may have granted hackers access to personal information and the ability to manipulate user data, according to a report from a cybersecurity company in Israel. TikTok said it has patched the security flaws and said there was no indication that a breach or an attack had occurred.
  • Sonos, a wireless-speaker maker accused Google of stealing its technology and sought a ban on the sale of Google's speakers, smartphones and laptops in the US. The two companies once worked closely together but the relationship went south as Google built on its own speaker business.
  • Apple's App Store platform grossed around US$50 billion in 2019, according to an analysis by CNBC. But growth is slowing. 
  • HP has (once again) rejected a takeover bid by Xerox, saying the proposal undervalues the computer and printer maker and that the fact that Xerox has secured financing for the US$33 billion offer is not a basis for a takeover discussion.
Andrea Villar Andrea Villar Journalist and Industry Analyst