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Supreme Court upholds New York’s online sales tax on Amazon

The US Supreme Court upheld Monday New York state’s law requiring Amazon to collect sales tax on items sold online, the latest decision in a long battle over ecommerce taxes. The top US court dismissed without comment an appeal from Amazon and online retailer Overstock.com, after the New York state…

From Amazon to burritos: 10 things you need to know about consumer drones

Amazon wants to use drones for parcel delivery, but UAVs are making their way into our lives in other ways too 1 Moving beyond warzones The use of drones – unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs for short – in military conflicts remains controversial. But drones have consumer uses too, and…

Amazon working on drones to deliver packages in under 30 minutes; ‘It looks like science fiction, but it’s real’

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos thinks regular mail is too 20th century. Why wait for overnight delivery, when a helicopter drone can drop your package on your doorstep in half an hour? Or, so goes the thinking behind Amazon Prime Air, which the tech entrepreneur insists is not parody or a…

Brazilian judge suspends work on huge Amazon dam project

A Brazilian judge has ordered that work on the controversial Belo Monte dam in the Amazon be halted on grounds that environmental commitments were not met, the court said Monday. A spokesman for the Federal Court in Brasilia said Judge Antonio Souza issued the ruling Friday, suspending the project’s environmental…

Court reinstates CIA’s contract with Amazon for cloud computing services

A US federal judge has reinstated a CIA cloud computing contract with Amazon, rejecting a challenge from IBM, according to court documents released Tuesday. Judge Thomas Wheeler of the Federal Court of Claims said in a notice posted by the court that Amazon Web Services’ is “restored” and that a…

Amazon and IBM battling to win CIA cloud-computing contract

The battle between IBM and Amazon over a lucrative CIA cloud-computing contract is getting more vicious: in a filing released last week, Amazon swiped at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for recommending that both companies re-bid on the proposed…  …

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon spikes sharly after new infrastructure projects, forestry law

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is on the rise sharply, sparking alarm over the future of the world’s biggest rainforest. Between June and last August, Imazon, the first independent monitoring system for the area, detected a 100 percent surge in the clearing of land. That’s in stark contrast to last…

Brazilian town takes a stand against Amazon deforestation

When farmer Luiz Martins Neto first moved to Sao Felix do Xingu a quarter of a century ago, the area had virgin forest, gold and a reservation for the local indigenous people. “They used to say it was the best place to live,” he said. But like many others, he…

Is Amazon’s Jeff Bezos a libertarian? Washington Post journalists would like to know

Writer pleads for the Post’s new owner to explain his politics Jeff Bezos, new owner of the Washington Post, is regarded as a secretive man. But newspaper proprietorship inevitably intrigues the public. Well, to be honest, it is much more intriguing to journalists. So it’s no surprise that the Amazon…

After destroying newspapers, the Internet is now poised to disrupt television

Having turned print media upside down, the Internet now is disrupting television, forcing broadcasters to adapt to tablets and video-on-demand to hold onto views and advertisers. “The gap between what consumers want and the way the industry is delivering it has grown so big that the industry now has to…

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