PUBLISHED AUG 20, 2019

Skimm This: Taxes, Texas, and College Football Rankings

It’s August 20th. Today, we Skimm’d This: 


  • France is introducing a 3 percent ‘digital tax’ on revenue big tech companies make off their citizens. The companies aren’t very impressed, and President Trump has reportedly threatened to retaliate with tariffs on French wine. 

  • Texas authorities are figuring out how to respond to a cyberattack that targeted 23 towns. Texas is one of a number of states that have been targeted in recent months.

  • The Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide are the hot favorites to reach the college football playoffs. We have the lowdown on what to expect this season.

  • Scientists say they’ve found a way to mass produce eco-friendly plastic… from food and other waste


theSkimm: France wants big tech firms to pay a 3 percent tax on profits they make in the country. We’ll explain why the companies are siding with President Trump to push back. Then: authorities in Texas reported a coordinated cyberattack on computer systems in 23 towns. We’ll tell you what we know – and why this is becoming a thing across the US. Also on the show: your warm-up for the new college football season, and scientists are turning apple peels into eco-friendly plastics.

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