Posts Categorized: Politics

Amazon: now without Illinois affiliates

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And the attempt to force collection of local taxes goes on. Today’s example — Illinois. Governor has finally signed the law that expands nexus of presence of online stores to affiliates, which means as soon as company has a link affiliate in the state, it has to start collecting local sales tax. This is no […]

AIM Group tries to claim Craigslist is full of crime, trumps up statistics

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IB Times reports on study about Craigslist and crime. Study was conducted by AIM Group which specializes in placement of paid classifieds, and, unsurprisingly, disses free online classifieds as “a cesspool of crime”. According to their study last year Craigslist was linked to 447 crimes (12 murders, 105 robberies/assaults and 330 abstract crimes), which supposed […]

Amazon to Texas: fine, we’ll close the distribution center

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Amazon is not a stranger to a tax fight, and looks like that fight has just escalated. Amazon’s VP of Operations has just sent a letter, announcing closing of Dallas suburb fulfillment center because the state of Texas demanded $269 million in uncollected sales taxes from 2005 till 2009 plus penalties and interest (you know, […]

Google and Bing: a story of non-stolen results for hiybbprqag

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Wow. I seriously miss something, because story with supposedly Bing stealing results from Google just doesn’t make much sense. I’ve read the entry. I was also quite tempted to support Google’s “they’re cheating” scream but then I stopped and re-read the story more carefully. So, Google engineers tested assumption that their search results somehow leak […]

No choice but to participate in health care?

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I already did my ranting about the individual health insurance and how I believe it’s an attempt to fix a consequence rather than the cause of the problem. But lately lawsuits showed another strange set of arguments why the idea behind “buy insurance or pay a fine” should be implemented. In this case administration plays […]