Technically, consumers are supposed to pay taxes on things they buy online. In fact, few do. Congress is considering a bill called the Marketplace Fairness Act that would force many online sellers to collect sales taxes for the first time.

Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows : All Tech Considered : NPR

If the co-signer dies or files for bankruptcy, the loan holder can demand complete repayment, even if the borrower’s record is spotless. If the loan is not repaid, it is declared to be in default, doing damage to a borrower’s credit record that can take years to repair. The bureau said that after a co-signer’s death or bankruptcy, some borrowers are placed in default without ever receiving a demand for repayment. The agency did not accuse loan companies of doing anything illegal.

Student Loans Can Suddenly Come Due When Co-Signers Die, a Report Finds -

The court’s decision today will have significant consequences for cloud computing,” Frederick said in a statement outside the court, which Aereo transcribed and emailed to Poynter. “We’re confident, cautiously optimistic, based on the way the hearing went today that the Court understood that a person watching over-the-air broadcast television in his or her home is engaging in a private performance and not a public performance that would implicate the Copyright Act.

Aereo ‘cautiously optimistic’ after Supreme Court hearing | Poynter.

The way that most students find jobs or connect with people is not by mailing out résumés," Mr. King says. "It is by people finding each other on social media.

Confronting the Myth of the ‘Digital Native’ - The Digital Campus 2014 - The Chronicle of Higher Education

In an opinion published Wednesday, Trenga found that IV’s patents were simply abstract ideas: “nothing more than the mere manipulation or reorganization of data,” he wrote. “At most, the patents describe a more efficient system or method for performing tasks than could be done without a computer, i.e. monitoring expenditures according to preset limits (the ‘137 Patent) or determining what would appeal to a particular user from a particular website (the ‘382 Patent.)” The ‘382 patent, invented by the same Philadelphia patent lawyer who prosecuted it, received a special smackdown from Trenga, who found it invalid on two different grounds. The patent, entitled “advanced Internet interface providing user display access of customized webpages,” dates to an original application filed in 1998. Its principal claim describes sending customized webpages “as a function of the user’s personal characteristics.” But “neither the public nor a person of ordinary skill in the art could reasonably determine the precise metes and bounds of the claimed invention” wrote Trenga.

For world’s biggest troll, first patent case ends up in tatters | Ars Technica

Quantity was key. De Graff knew that if he could print 100,000 paperbound books, production costs would plummet to 10 cents per copy. But it would be impossible for Pocket Books to turn a profit if it couldn’t reach hundreds of thousands of readers. And that would never happen as long as de Graff relied solely on bookstores for distribution. So de Graff devised a plan to get his books into places where books weren’t traditionally sold. His twist? Using magazine distributors to place Pocket Books in newsstands, subway stations, drugstores, and other outlets to reach the underserved suburban and rural populace. But if Pocket Books were going to sell, they couldn’t just stick to the highbrow. De Graff avoided the stately, color-coded covers of European paperbacks, which lacked graphics other than the publishers’ logos, and splashed colorful, eye-catching drawings on his books.

How Paperbacks Transformed the Way Americans Read | Mental Floss

He points out that Google lists its own products—from commerce to Google profiles—higher up than competitor results, even if the competitor website has more visitors. “This is called abuse of a dominant position,” he says. Despite this, the European Commission effectively sanctioned Google’s approach as long as Google offers a new advertising position at the start of the search list where the discriminated company can pay to advertise. “This is not a compromise,” said Döpfner, “this is the EU officially sanctioning your business model, which is called ‘protection money’ in less honorable circles.” Döpfner also makes reference to the “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear” argument espoused at different times by Schmidt and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, pointing out that such words could also come from the “head of the Stasi” or another dictator’s intelligence agency. “Google knows more about every digital citizen than George Orwell dared to imagine in his wildest visions of 1984,” he says. Döpfner is particularly concerned about comments made by founder Larry Page, who said that there are lots of things the company would like to do but can’t do because they are illegal—pesky antitrust and privacy laws get in the way. Google has also expressed an interest in building floating working environments—for “seasteading.”

Major media publisher admits it is “afraid of Google” | Ars Technica

The fundamental problem with the copyright monopoly today is that it can’t coexist with private communications as a concept. Our sharing of culture and knowledge happens as part of the private correspondence that leaves our computer, and therefore, the monopoly cannot be enforced as long as private correspondence exists.

The Copyright Monopoly’s Fundamental Problem Remains The Same… | TorrentFreak

Naturally, not everyone in China loves the idea of foreign professors teaching China’s history. “Harvard’s China history course is open to the whole world. This is not a good news,” wrote one viewer on, China’s Youtube-like video platform. “Now the world gets to know China through the interpretation of Westerners.”

That’s partially the point, journalist Christopher Lydon seems to be saying during his introduction in the course’s trailer. “If you are not Chinese, this course will give you an alternative world view…And if you are Chinese, you are going to see your way of life, your culture, your history and your present in a different mirror.”

Harvard is teaching the Chinese their own history - Quartz