SC business notebook: Automation firm plans S.C. office

June 12, 2014 

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Automation firm plans S.C. office

A Michigan-based automation company said it is expanding its North American operations by establishing an office at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research in Greenville.

Esys Automation, headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., joins more than 17 industry partners at CU-ICAR’s Center for Emerging Technologies as the first automation service provider.

The company works with the automotive and aerospace industries, operating across North America, including Canada and Mexico. It wasn’t known how many employees Esys will have at ICAR.

Gander Mountain plans 2nd S.C. store

Outdoor retailer Gander Mountain will open its second South Carolina store this fall adjacent to Tanger Outlet on U.S. 501.

The store is to feature one of the largest new and used firearms selections in the state, according to a news release, as well as men’s and women’s active outdoor and casual clothing plus a large group of gear and accessories for hunting, fishing, camping boating and archery. It will be located in a 46,500-square-foot standalone building next to the outlet stores.

Myrtle Beach is home as well to Bass Pro Shops, which has a store at Myrtle Beach Mall. Gander Mountain recently opened a store in North Charleston.

Tweet self-propagates

A tweet containing computer code has started propagating itself through Twitter by taking advantage of a security flaw in Twitter’s TweetDeck application. In response, Twitter shut down the application’s access to tweets.

The tweet is automatically “retweeted,” or sent out again, when processed by TweetDeck. Affected tweeters saw pop-up windows on their screens. The tweet was retweeted tens of thousands of times Wednesday.

Twitter, which owns TweetDeck, initially told TweetDeck users to log out and log back in. When that proved ineffective, it shut down the application’s access to tweets.

It’s not the first time tweets containing JavaScript code have self-propagated through security holes in Twitter. The last major outbreak was in 2010.

Apple, Starbucks, Fiat tax deals probed

The European Union Commission’s antitrust regulator is investigating deals that Apple, Starbucks and Fiat struck with tax authorities in several European countries to see whether they amount to unfair state aid.

The multinationals have agreements with tax authorities in Ireland, the Netherlands and Luxembourg as part of their strategy to minimize the taxes they pay. The EU antitrust commissioner, Joaquin Almunia, said Wednesday that while such agreements are permissible in theory, they would be improper if they give the companies involved an advantage over competitors.

The companies named have been frequent targets of criticism for paying low taxes in some places they operate. The countries have also been criticized – Ireland for its low tax rates, the Netherlands and Luxembourg as homes for shell companies, and all three for secrecy.

The Greenville News, The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News and The Associated Press contributed.

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