News Brief: "The Happs" NZ Migration, North Korea & Sony, AIR BNB
December 19, 2014
This is what entrepreneurs, small business and startups need to know in our world wrap up today!
North korea / USA: "Sony gets a whippin from the North Korean's"
New Zealand / Australia: "Fewer kiwis heading to Australia"
Amsterdam: "AIR BnB might not be so appealing after all - taxes come in"
"Sony gets a whippin from the North Korean's"
If your head has been buried in a little bit of sand the last few days then it might shock you that it looks like North Korea has won the first cyber war against the United States. Over the last week a Sony Pictures movie called the Interview has had to be shelved by the company for fear that theaters who show it may be targeted in some kind of attack. This come after hackers infiltrated Sony's email system and pretty much released anything that shows executives feelings towards big name stars - and it aint pretty! George Clooney is apparently somewhat of a cry baby and so on.
But, in this new turn of events Sony decided to pull the movie and Hollywood has been in an uproar ever since. To replace the Interview some theaters were going to re screen that old cult classic Team America where the former North Korean dictator teams up with Hollywood actors to take on the world. It obviously ends with the North Koreans being defeated. The messages for everyone in #business #smallbusiness #startups and #hollywood are these - if you haven't got something nice to say about someone don't say it and why the hell would you say it in an email? and now for a gratuitous shot of the dearly departed North Korean leader as a puppet ....
EntreHub News Brief: "Fewer kiwis heading to Australia"
For the first time in more than a decade the number of New Zealander's who believed that the grass was greener on the other side (Australia) have been packing up and returning home. Figures released today for the November period (2014) show that the little country at the bottom of the world had net migration of 49,800. Arrivals from Australia were up to a net 4,100. Most migrants ended up in Auckland (22,500). Its not all bad news in New Zealand with unemployment sitting at 5.4% and falling while Australia has hit 6.3% and expected to grow further. Things must be so good that its been revealed while in office Prime Minister John Key's golf handicap has improved - although we are not sure what they has to do with#entrepreneurs! But, there is concern that the New Zealand economy could overheat in 2015 and still be too reliant on Australia's growth. This begs the question as to whether or not the economy has diversified itself enough into Asia to insulate it from rainy weather. New Zealand remains a great place to#startup a #smallbusiness #entrepreneurs or invest in a #business more generally. #newzealand #news #entrehub .... and yes that really is a picture of a sheep standing in the door way of its own Hobbit inspired house - where else but New Zealand
"AIR BnB might not be so appealing after all - taxes come in"
#startup darling Air BnB may just be losing some shine after new laws passed in Amsterdam require the operator to collect a 5% tourist tax for rentals offered by users on its website. Now, that may not be a huge issue and could be seen as a one off - but it isn't and it won't be. Other major cities around the world are also now looking at the model in Amsterdam as they seek to collect tax and create a level playing field for more traditional operators. It has been the traditional operators who have voiced concerned because of the competitive advantage smaller niche homes have when it comes to charges and fees. Air BnB is not alone and this new tax collection point could be a model for other operators in the transportation sector such as Frances BlaBlaCar and the growing giant UBER. It was Ronald Reagan who once famously said: "If it Moves, Tax it. If it Keeps Moving, Regulate it. And if it Stops Moving, Subsidize it."
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