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Senate approves controversial online sales tax

The US Senate passed legislation Monday that would end years of tax-free online buying by allowing states to collect sales tax for Internet purchases from web giants like Amazon and eBay. The Marketplace Fairness Act sailed through the Senate 69-27, but before becoming law it needs to pass the House…

Ebay warns Internet sales tax unfair to small businesses

Ebay has begun lobbying millions of its users against a bill it claims will impose an unfair tax burden on small businesses. The US Senate is expected to vote early this week on the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that will give states the power to collect online sales tax…

German Amazon warehouse workers protest over working conditions

Hundreds of workers at the biggest German-based site of online retailer Amazon demonstrated on Tuesday, according to a trade union which plans strike action over better working conditions. Some 500 people protested at a site in western Bad Hersfeld, which employs more than 3,000 staff and is among seven Amazon…

Apple denies e-book pricing conspiracy

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple denied a charge that it schemed with publishers to hike prices for e-books, portraying itself as a hero for prying Amazon’s “monopolistic grip” from the market. “The DOJ’s accusation of collusion against Apple is simple not true,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said in an emailed statement…

DOJ sues Apple, publishers on e-book pricing

The US Justice Department sued Apple and five publishing firms alleging a conspiracy to raise prices and limit competition for e-books, and immediately announced a partial settlement in the case. As the antitrust suit was unveiled, officials said three of the publishers agreed to end the scheme to force retailers…

DOJ files antitrust suit against Apple’s e-book pricing ‘conspiracy’

The US Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit naming Apple and five publishing houses alleging a “conspiracy to limit” e-book price competition, court documents showed. The suit filed in US District Court in New York said the conspiracy involved “schemes to limit Amazon’s ability to discount e-books,” hurting consumers. The…

Engines from Apollo 11 moon flight found in the Atlantic

Salvage operation led by Amazon boss aims to recover engines that powered the first moon landing Nearly 43 years after they thrust the Apollo 11 astronauts moonwards through a blue Florida sky, the mighty engines that helped deliver man to the Sea of Tranquillity have been found in the depths…

Protesting natives shut down Ecuador capital

QUITO — Protesting natives supported by opponents of President Rafael Correa brought Ecuador’s capital to a standstill Thursday, demanding an end to policies they say will open the Amazon rainforest to vast mining projects and ravage the environment. Protests were prompted partly by a recent agreement between Ecuador and China…

Barnes & Noble unveils $199 Nook Tablet

NEW YORK — US bookseller Barnes & Noble unveiled a new version of its Nook tablet computer Tuesday, a device with the same $199 price tag as Amazon’s Kindle Fire. The seven-inch (17.78-centimeter) Nook Tablet also has eight gigabytes of memory like the tablet released by online retail giant Amazon…

iPad owners tend to be older, have money

US owners of iPads tend to be older and richer than people who buy rival tablet computers, according to a study released on Friday by NPD Group. The industry trackers Tablet Adoption and Insights Report showed that more than 40 percent of iPad owners had household incomes of $100,000 or…

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