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Submission + - In America, 46% of people hold a creationist view of human origins (gallup.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: The latest Gallup poll is out and it finds that 46% of Americans hold the view that God created humans in their present form within the last 10 000 years. According to Gallup the percentage who hold this view has remained unchanged since 1982, when they first started asking the question.

Roughly 33% of Americans believe in divinely guided evolution, and 15% believe that humans evolved without any supernatural help.

Government

Submission + - How Apple Sidesteps Billions In Global Taxes (nytimes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: An article at the NY Times explains the how the most profitable tech company in the world becomes even more profitable by finding ways to avoid or minimize taxes. Quoting: 'Apple’s headquarters are in Cupertino, Calif. By putting an office in Reno, just 200 miles away, to collect and invest the company’s profits, Apple sidesteps state income taxes on some of those gains. California’s corporate tax rate is 8.84 percent. Nevada’s? Zero. ... As it has in Nevada, Apple has created subsidiaries in low-tax places like Ireland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and the British Virgin Islands — some little more than a letterbox or an anonymous office — that help cut the taxes it pays around the world. ... Without such tactics, Apple’s federal tax bill in the United States most likely would have been $2.4 billion higher last year, according to a recent study (PDF) by a former Treasury Department economist, Martin A. Sullivan. As it stands, the company paid cash taxes of $3.3 billion around the world on its reported profits of $34.2 billion last year, a tax rate of 9.8 percent.
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Dust 514 bridges the gap between consoles and PC gaming (video) (tech-stew.com)

techfun89 writes: "An Icelandic developer (CCP) will attempt to bridge the gap between computers and consoles with its forthcoming Dust 514 this summer. Once this occurs it will be the first time users of two different platforms could play cooperatively breaking that barrier that has long stood in the way of gamers.

Dust 514 is an expansion of Eve created for PlayStation 3 users. Once it is released it will be the first time that users of two different platforms can play together, Dust on the PS3 and Eve on the PC.

CCP is a Reykjavik, Iceland-based creator of of the popular massively multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG) Eve Online for PC's.

Eve is set in space while Dust is a first-person shooter. What happens in one game affects the other. Players in Dust can also call for orbital strikes from MMO players in Eve."

Android

Submission + - Samsung biggest (smart)phone manufacturer. (blogs.com)

rtfa-troll writes: Tomi Ahonen reports that Samsung has become the largest manufacturer of smartphones (overtaking Apple) and of mobile phones (overtaking Nokia). During the first quarter of 2012 Samsung sold 93.5 million phones with 44.5 million (48%) of those smartphones. Apple would still lead on "smart mobile devices" with 52 million sales including iPads but not iPods. The last time the lead in mobile phone changed was in 14 years ago, in 1998, when Nokia overtook Ericsson. Ericsson never recovered and began leaving the mobile phone market three years later creating Sony Ericsson, later Sony Mobile. It looks like the mobile phone market is going to be brutal with Apple and Samsung crushing everybody else except possibly HTC which is still rising and Motorola (which has Google to look after it).
China

Submission + - Chinese Officials Believe Proview Rightfully Owns The iPad Trademark (itproportal.com)

hypnosec writes: It's being reported that Apple has almost no chance to win in its settlement meetings with Proview. The Chinese government regards Proview as the true owner of the iPad name, which makes the negotiations even trickier. The Chinese authorities have stated on many occasions their determination to protect the trademarks and intellectual property. However, in Apple's case there are additional situations to consider, as hundreds of thousands of Chinese people work to assemble iOS devices. Industry observers believe that China's government is not actually willing to disrupt Apple's business in China. Proview's attorneys are fiercely accusing Apple of fraud and unfair competition in courts and are hoping for a well-paid settlement. Proview has managed to postpone its own bankruptcy procedures only by promising that Apple's payments for the iPad trademark will be sufficient to pay off the company's debts.

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