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Good morning, Asia, hello world! It is on Thursday. Glad you could join
us today for this addition of Asia Business Report. The challenging
over its investigations of tax avoidance by US companies. Apple's
arrangements could see the company hit with a massive bill for an pay
taxes. In the on an Starbucks are also under investigation. Earlier, I
spoke to a North American is a reporter. I asked him why the US is
concerned. Companies from the US that set up their bases in Europe
are being treated in an fairly. They say the investigations by the
European Commission into the so-called sweet deal, there is an
investigation whether those were against EU laws. In apple's case,
they are being investigated as to whether they were getting a deal
that wasn't perhaps offered to other countries. Against EU rules. That is
what it is against. The US says there is a bias against these big US
companies. What is the European Commission say about it all? They
say there is no bias. They say they are trying to do is make sure this
perennial problem of tax avoidance amongst big companies isn't
happening. They are just try to make sure it is a level playing field
across the entire European Union and indeed every company. What will
happen next? Is there likely to be a middle ground between the US
Treasury and the European Commission or will the European Commission
stand its ground? The key indicator of whether it will stand its ground
is whether the investigation concludes. We are expecting Apple's
fairly soon. If it punishes them then it suggests the European
commission is astounding that ground. -- is standing their ground.
Shares for HP are lower. The company's revenue is falling in its
third-quarter numbers. Revenue from its from its computer business was
flat. It was below analysts's estimates. They have slashed about
2300 jobs this year. There has been a new target set. The attempt to
improve the company's balance it comes as it recorded a drop.
Singapore exchange is edging closer to its planned acquisition of
London's Baltic exchange. After months of negotiations, the deal is
valued at 100 million US dollars but it still needs approval from Baltic
shareholders next month. We caught up with a man heading the talks for
Singapore exchange and asked him how will the exchange and a set from the
takeover? It is an almost at unique position
of authority. The price of shipping something from point a to point B.
It has a very unique global position in that it is the trusted authority
in publishing these numbers every day. Secondly, it has a very special
track record in being able to forge global consensus will stop what we
want to do is offer people the chance to take action on these
numbers. --. . Meaning to make these numbers actionable. From 2008 to
2016, freight rates have been one of the most volatile things. Looking
back, in hindsight, if more people had a veiled themselves of the
option to hedge freight rates, a lot of the global and shipping market
would be in better shape. With global shipping in decline, why buy?
Many booms and busts have comes. Its relevance is more acute when the
marketplace is in need of better information, more accurate
information, to work the assets harder. The thing that you as the
prices is a period of low prices. During that period, what happens is
people manage their asses more efficiently, especially in the face
of increasing regulation, pollution, safety, strength. Things like that.
Has any of this change because of accident? The underlying rationale
hasn't changed because it shipping is global. The people that operate
out of London were operating a long time before the EU existed.
I've 100 and 20 days, almost 1.5 years, that is how long it takes a
shirt companies to discover a data breach in their systems. That
compares to the worldwide average of 146 days. How can they improve their
response time? I spoke to FireEye. Is remarkable especially to see how
it compares to the rest of the world. What kind of data breaches
can they do over 17 months question mark they spend a lot of time
getting to know the environment. They understand the environment at
the victim and it gives them the time to steal the crown Jews in a
stealth way. Which are most susceptible? -- crown jewels. We
have worked a lot of breaches a cross high-tech, retail and
education. Almost every sector. Is not just the small and medium
companies but also the big companies and major governments. Why aren't
they spending the money to protect themselves? It starts with
awareness. It goes back to breach notification. In the US, for the
better part of the decade, we have had good breach notification law.
They have got to tell the public, they have to tell the public. We
don't have these laws in South East Asia. Basically, the consumers can
just sue? It can take years of good investment to catch up. Tell us, who
are the people behind these data breaches? Are they individuals,
organisations, or are they even state-sponsored? We see a locked,
all of the above. --A lot. We used to see a lot of Chinese
state-sponsored attacks directed at the United States and Europe. In
November, the US and China came to an agreement. When we saw the treaty
go into effect, we the balance of targeting really shift. Grady
Summers from FireEye. Residents in Pyongyang are enjoying
a pipe or two in the beer festival. Let's take a look.
enjoyed a beer in North Korea. Before we go, quick look at the
market. General list lessons in early
trading. -- listlessness. Is in negative territory, the All
Ordinaries. The major industries also finishing in negative
territory. The Dow Jones in the red. I I'm Rico Hizon. Sport Today is
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