Opening Bell: Crackdown on film piracy, new-look €50 note, Android overtakes Windows

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The Government has been urged to raise the overall tax take by three percentage points, so that it can bring services to European standards.

The thinktank Social Justice Ireland argues that making businesses pay a minimum of 6% on their profits would be vital step in achieving this.

It says the tax base needs to be broadened but that income tax shouldn't be targeted.

Social Justice Ireland director Dr Sean Healy believes the most recent election proves voters are in favour of higher taxes:

"They voted in favour of spending the money that was available not on tax cuts, as was proposed by some, but rather they supported parties that wanted to spend the money on improving services and addressing infrastructure deficits, like social housing, like rural broadband, and so on."


Nine internet service providers have been ordered to block access to websites that enable users to download or stream movies without permission.

The action was taken by six members of the Motion Picture Association in the Commercial Court in Dublin.

The court heard that illegal downloads posed an extremely serious threat to the industry.

Speaking afterwards, David Burke of the Industry Trust for IP Awareness Ireland said its about protecting consumers and the Irish film industry.

"There's a misconception that privacy is a victimless crime but if it's allowed to continue unchecked, it will inevitably lead to a sustained drop not only in available content but also in content that is created here in Ireland, damaging the Irish economy and resulting in a loss of jobs."


A new-look €50 note goes into circulation across Ireland today.

The banknote is the same size as the existing one but will include new security features to make it easier to spot counterfeits.

It includes a clear window – like the new €20 euro note – and a holographic image of the Greek goddess Europa.

It's the third redesigned euro banknote to be released in the past 12 months.


Google's Android has overtaken Microsof's Windows as the internet's most popular operating system across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile combined.

Irish web analytics firm StatCounter revealed that Android now has 37.93% of the worldwide OS market share, just passing out Windows, which has a 37.91% share, for the first time.

StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen called it a "milestone in technology history and end of an era", adding that:

"It marks the end of Microsoft’s leadership worldwide of the OS market which it has held since the 1980s.  It also represents a major breakthrough for Android which held just 2.4% of global internet usage share only five years ago."