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One final product from Amazon's (AMZN) event: a web browser called Amazon Silk, which the...

One final product from Amazon's (AMZN) event: a web browser called Amazon Silk, which the company claims will dramatically boost the Kindle Fire's browsing performance relative to rival tablets by using Amazon's EC2 infrastructure to offload processing. But iPad (AAPL) users could be unimpressed if this means browsing on the Fire's 7-inch display. (more)
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  • Papaswamp
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    Heard several people complaining about the number of ads on the new device.
    28 Sep 2011, 11:51 AM Reply Like
  • Mad_Max_A_Million
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    Now, if Amazon would just have the guts to stop selling to tax-crazy California which now requires sales tax for on-line.
    Love sales tax just like everybody else, but if CA can charge it, everyone else eventually will - and guess what happens to Amazon then?
    28 Sep 2011, 11:58 AM Reply Like
  • Papaswamp
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    true!
    28 Sep 2011, 12:03 PM Reply Like
  • bkpark
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    In the previous ad-supported versions, I thought the ads came up only as screensaver. Are they more ... pervasive in the new version? (i.e. would you be seeing, heaven-forbid, banner ads while you are reading?)
    28 Sep 2011, 12:39 PM Reply Like
  • Richard Mackenzie
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    Folks. I hate to break it to you, but states with sales tax DO require you to pay it on on-line orders. The problem is that most of us don't admit to those purchases and file the requisite returns with the state, and they don't know how to go after it in any efficient manner. The states (CA) are just trying to get the merchant to do the collecting, just like they do when they sell to you in a bricks & mortar store.

     

    I live in Florida, and as a small business owner I have filled out the form, and sent in the sales tax for items purchased for business use on the web. Never done so for personal purchases....
    28 Sep 2011, 12:09 PM Reply Like
  • Mad_Max_A_Million
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    Richard: This state publicly threatened to increase your odds of audit if you do not declare x amount for on-line buys.

     

    For those that may have a dirty return to begin with, they most likely will declare some dollar number pulled out of their hat. But doubt that it would be realistic. Others would not care either way.
    28 Sep 2011, 12:51 PM Reply Like
  • Richard Mackenzie
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    The difficulty in Florida is that there is no state income tax, so no returns are filed normally. We do have a small tax on assets held (not income/cash flow, but assets!) but I can't blame states for wanting to short circuit the web. I would hate it if Florida had to institute an income tax because we managed to stop paying enough sales tax. Lesser of evils...
    29 Sep 2011, 09:17 AM Reply Like
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