Internet's taxing times (week in review)
A senior senator is readying legislation to end tax-free Internet shopping, and Cisco kills the Flip. Also: Apple announces Final Cut Pro X.
We may be basking in the waning sunlight of tax-free Internet shopping.
A senator is preparing tofor Internet and mail order sales by eliminating the ability of Americans to shop at Web sites like Amazon.com and Overstock.com without paying state sales taxes.
"Why should out-of-state companies that sell their products online have an unfair advantage over Main Street bricks-and-mortar businesses?" Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said in a speech in Collinsville, Ill., in February.
Durbin, the second most senior Senate Democrat, will introduce the bill after the Easter recess, a Democratic aide told CNET. At the moment, Americans who shop over the Internet from out-of-state vendors aren't always required to pay sales taxes at the time of purchase.
So-called privacy bill of rights doesn't regulate federal government's data collection, require warrants for surveillance, or ensure data breach notification.
The company is ditching its Flip video camera business, which it bought for $590 million just two years ago, as it makes "tough decisions" meant to get it back on track.
Despite being met with significant opposition in the travel search industry from companies that claimed buying ITA would give Google unfair power, the $700 million acquisition has cleared.
The software giant shows the ability for people to multitask, demonstrates Spotify and Qantas apps, and announces Angry Birds launch date.
A new study says 3D glasses and the high price of the TVs are scaring off buyers. The good news is prices are coming down. The bad news? We're still a long way from watching 3D TV without glasses.
An iOS app listing with mention of an unnamed compatible device is stirring rumors that Apple plans to add another iOS app-capable device to join the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
Apple gives users a sneak peek at the next generation of its Final Cut Pro software. The 64-bit video-editing suite is the first update to the tool since 2009 and cuts $700 off the current price.
Paul Ceglia claims a 2003 contract with Mark Zuckerberg entitles him to 50 percent of Facebook, and he says he has the e-mails to prove it.
On April 12, 1961, the Soviet cosmonaut became the first human to go into space. Fifty years later, Gagarin's fame is as bright as ever, and he may be one of the few Soviets to retain his star power.
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