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Supreme Court rules states can force online retailers to collect sales tax

Supreme Court rules states can force online retailers to collect sales tax

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion, said the physical presence rule put brick-and-mortar businesses at a disadvantage, because they had to charge sales taxes but Internet retailers did not. Although technically consumers are required to pay sales tax on all purchases, it is practically impossible to collect without the retailer applying it at the point of sale.


To keep pace with Google, Microsoft buys education platform Flipgrid

To keep pace with Google, Microsoft buys education platform Flipgrid

Microsoft , in its latest challenge to Google , acquired Flipgrid - a video discussion platform used by more than 20 million teachers and students around the world, the company said Monday. Megiddo added that social learning such as that offered by Flipgrid made students "not only more employable, but they are more likely to become responsible, confident digital citizens".


PUBG Reaches 400 Million Users, Discounts PC Version

PUBG Reaches 400 Million Users, Discounts PC Version

If you're more accustomed to the fast-paced craziness of Fortnite , Sanhok offers a significantly smaller playing field than the game's other maps, which means you'll spend more time battling and less time roaming around the map, trying to stay inside the circle as it shrinks.



Instagram long-form videos reportedly launching today, with celebrity-led push

Instagram is touting IGTV as "a new app for watching long-form, vertical video from your favorite Instagram creators". It will give Facebook more opportunities to sell advertising. Instagram's platform is also reaching a huge milestone today: 1 billion users. "Teens may be watching less TV, but they're watching more creators online", explained Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom, who added that Instagram users consumed 60% more video over the a year ago.


Cryptocurrencies could 'halt' the internet warns BIS

Cryptocurrencies could 'halt' the internet warns BIS

Among the complaints in the article are that the currencies are too unstable, require too much electricity (Bitcoin miners now use about as much electricity as Switzerland does ), and are too vulnerable to fraud to serve as a real store of value.