Last Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted unanimously (5-0) for the legalization of ridesharing programs within the state, offering a safe passage for companies operating in legal limbo within the state.
Japanese researchers have developed a system that can make a reflection look like it’s either smiling or frowning.
Consumers looking to escape the omniscient presence of the Internet at their local mom-and-pop store may be in for a rough surprise: brick-and-motar stores are beginning to use software enhanced cameras to dredge up shopper metrics — a real-world take on the marketing cookies so often used by online retailers.
Looking to regain what it’s owed, Google has sued the Internal Revenue Service for a $83.5 million refund, according to a report by Bloomberg.
The idea that tech startups are limited to Silicon Valley has been defunct for some time now. After all, there’s Silicon Alley — New York City’s digital scene — and a good deal of quality startups in Boston. But could a thriving startup environment also be found in the Midwest, including, of all places, Kansas City Missouri?
It wasn’t even close. It was in the political realm a safe, bipartisan, landslide victory. On Monday night the United States Senate approved S.743, also known as the Marketplace Fairness Act, with 69 Senators voting for, and a paltry 27 voting against. The bill, which would allow states to collect sales taxes from online businesses outside of their borders, now moves to the House of Representatives for a vote.
It appears the sales-tax free status of online purchases may be entering into the cold December of its days, and it’s only April. The U.S. Senate is expected to pass legislation which could allow states to tax online purchases some time this week, and that’s bad news for retailers like eBay.
The last thing Google’s Eric Schmidt wants to see is a drone hovering over his yard. Not the kind of drone which drops missiles and kills people in Pakistan, mind you, but the kind you can take out of a box and just let loose. The kind of drone that civilians can, and likely will, use in the near future. That’s why, Schmidt argues, they need to be regulated before they even become an issue.
For a multi-billions dollar company one would assume being able to articulate how you’re both immediately profitable and making shareholders a great deal of money would be high on the priority list. Not the case for Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos who explains to shareholders that caring for customers over shareholder profits can be, well, profitable.
Apple is set to have an increasingly tough time selling the iPhone in Europe, as consumers become more savvy about how they spend their hard-earned money. Android, with its numerous handsets covering all budgets, will do well from these changing consumer habits, unless, of course, Apple releases its own budget handset.
The Bitcoin, the digital currency that many either love or hate, has recently surpassed $1 billion in value. That mark, which was past by some combined 10.9 million Bitcoins according to TechCrunch, doesn’t mean the currency’s critics are wrong, but it does suggest that a digital “crypto-currency” can work.