Category: Economics

Senate passes Internet sales tax in final vote, 69-27

The US Senate passed an online sales tax in a vote this afternoon after a heated final round of debate. A small group of anti-tax Republicans, as well as Democratic Senators from states without sales tax like Montana and Oregon,

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App Cubby Blog – The Sparrow Problem

There is a real problem going to occur with regards to the App Store and desktop/mobile software in general if pure software businesses aren’t able to sustain themselves in the long term.

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The Word of Notch – On Patents

Notch (the guy who started Minecraft) has a really good piece on why patents are a bad idea.

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Apple Outsider – Hollywood Still Hates You

It bears repeating, the vast majority of piracy is people just trying to get content the easiest way.

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O’Reilly Radar – The President’s challenge

The idea that we’ll be able to go back in time and make it harder for people to get digital information/media/anything is just wrong.

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O’Reilly Radar – The end of social

The more we share the less value each piece of information has to the people (but not the systems) that we share to.

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NYTimes.com – Corporations Getting New Tools for Calculating Emissions

I would be skeptical of any tool able to reasonably estimate this in a meaningful way, just too many differences across the whole ecosystem of every product from the original ore being mined to manufacturing to shipping to use by the end user.

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Fraser Speirs – A Supercomputer in Every Backpack

Same problem I’ve been thinking about for a long time, our education system is built for the jobs of the past not the jobs of the future.

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This American Life – When Patents Attack!

Not upset enough about patents, spend an hour and you’ll get even more upset.

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The Economist – Intellectual property: Patents against prosperity

Yet another in a long line of articles decrying the patent system.

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