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U.S. moves closer to imposing federal download tax

We could all be paying more for our downloads from next year if the US government's proposed tax on digital goods is passed. The House of Representatives is set to debate a bill proposing the introduction of a federal tax on downloaded good and services, including music, videos and apps, in early 2011.
Pictured at the launch of Loc8 Code are model Ruth Griffin, Martin Corkery (Enterprise Ireland), Clive Taylor (Garmin Europe Ltd), Gary Delaney (CEO of Loc8 Code Ltd) and Tony Carson (Chairman of Loc8 Code Ltd)
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Loc8 generates 64,000 postcodes in first five months

Ireland’s first and only digital address system Loc8 Code have generated over 64,000 address codes since their launch in July of this year. In this period the companies’ website has also been gaining considerable interest with a reported 127,000 visitors to the site since the launch.
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Google and Facebook fight it out over your homepage

Over the next few of weeks profiles for the social network's half-billion members will be changed to include a link prompting them to set Facebook.com as their browser's default homepage. Facebook hopes this will increase the amount of time users spend on the site and bolster the site's already impressive €60 million ($80 million) ad revenue.
The Times firewall in action
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Times paywall figures revealed

This morning News International have released widely anticipated figures on the Times’s paywall: 105,000 people have paid to access the site since the paywall was introduced in July of this year.
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And now you’re done: Amazon’s $269 million tax bill

The state of Texas is persuing online retailer Amazon for $269 (€192.61) million in unpaid taxes according to Publishers Weekly. Tax officials in Texas believe that the presence of an Amazon distribution centre in the site provides the company with the presence in their jurisdiction and makes them subject to Texan tax laws.
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