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Amazon vs. eBay: Opposing views on sales tax legislation

An Amazon.com executive today told Congress that the company supports federal legislation providing a constitutional framework for states to collect taxes on online retailers — including those based out of state. However, the Seattle company cautioned against allowing too many of its smaller rivals to avoid the tax. Amazon says it supports the Marketplace Fairness Act introduced… Read More

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Holiday e-commerce sales are already off to a very fast start

Americans appear to be a giving mood this holiday season — at least when it comes to buying items on online retail sites. comScore announced today that it expects e-commerce spending to grow by 15 percent this year, part of a “significant channel shift” from bricks-and-mortar retail to online retail. In fact, comScore’s report indicates… Read More

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Amazon says it supports federal bill for online sales tax collection

Amazon.com has been striking deals with states over the collection of sales tax, but the Seattle online retailer’s bigger goal is federal legislation that addresses the issue. Today, the company came out in support of a bill proposed by U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, Dick Durbin, and Lamar Alexander to create a constitutional framework for collecting sales tax online…. Read More

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eBay growing in Amazon’s backyard

Online giant eBay is aiming to expand its operations in the Seattle region — becoming the latest Silicon Valley company to boost its presence here as the technology job market heats up. No official details yet from eBay, but GeekWire is hearing from multiple sources that the company is close to finalizing a lease to… Read More

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eBay to compete with Amazon fulfillment with new shipping service

Amazon.com has long battled with eBay, but now the competition is getting even more serious. The Wall Street Journal reports that the online auction marketplace plans to begin a new “merchandise storage-and-shipping service for its sellers” that would compete directly with Amazon’s highly successful fulfillment service. eBay’s offering sounds as if it will be very similar… Read More

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Skype + Microsoft? Why a deal could make sense … for Skype

Microsoft’s name emerged this weekend as a potential suitor of Skype, following a report last week that Facebook and Google were talking with the iconic Internet communications company about a partnership or acquisition. Om Malik today quotes anonymous sources saying that “Microsoft has entered the mix and is interested in either partnering with, acquiring or… Read More

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Court grapples with ‘cast of thousands’ in Paul Allen suit vs. Google, Apple and others

With more than a dozen lawyers looking on — representing Google, Apple, eBay, Yahoo, Facebook and other Internet titans — a federal judge in Seattle heard arguments yesterday in the lawsuit brought on behalf of Paul Allen’s former Interval Research lab. But the question on the docket wasn’t whether the Internet giants violated the defunct… Read More

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Seattle geek wins eBay ‘speed hack’ contest at SXSW

Seattle software developer Evan Jacobs wasn’t really looking to spend his Sunday afternoon building a new app on the back of eBay’s platform. But when he stumbled upon the eBay Hangover Party and Speed Hack competition at SXSW, the 38-year-old former Amazon.com developer thought he’d give it a shot. He had just two hours to… Read More