Online dating sites usually fail because online dating usually fails. The simple reason is that everyone expects quick results, no one can make that happen, and users get very unhappy very quickly. Even the main industry rag, Online Dating Magazine, admits that the success rate is a mere one percent, compared to an estimated fifty percent for startups in general.
(2 months and 25 days ago)
Online auctions were supposed to change the way people shop. Technology enabled dynamic pricing would create an efficient way for demand to meet supply by reducing transaction costs (such as setting up a physical auction site) while increasing the pool of potential bidders. Sounds logical but the irony of economics is the assumption that humans act in a rational manner....
(2 months and 15 days ago)
The days of shopping online without paying sales taxes may be ending. States are cracking down, and a nationwide system for collecting sales tax on online sales may be coming soon.
(1 month and 12 days ago)
A bill expected to pass the Senate next week would allow states to collect sales tax on online purchases from sites such as Amazon.com.
(24 days ago)
Forgive us if we sound a little wearied by this whole thing, but once again empirical research has found that neither piracy nor legal streaming hurts digital music sales. This study is a little different - the European Commission's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies used behaviour-based data from over 16,000 European internet users to work out whether visits to...
(2 months and 9 days ago)
The Senate is expected this week to take up a non-binding amendment to test support for online sales tax collections. The plan is to attach the sales tax resolution to a broader FY 2012 Senate budget resolution. If the amendment can get 60 votes, it may act as a signal to Senate leadership to move ahead with a separate online sales tax collection bill. A vote could possibly...
(2 months and 6 days ago)
Online learning site Udemy is launching a corporate training option that enables companies to create private online learning sites for their employees.
(1 month and 11 days ago)
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on a bill that could help Ohio recoup some of the estimated $350 million in state and local sales tax revenue it loses each year to online sales.
(23 days ago)
Some small business owners running online retail operations have opposed a federal bill that would make it easier for states to collect taxes on online sales transactions involving their residents. The Marketplace Fairness Act, which could come up for a vote in the Senate as early as Wednesday, would force online retailers to collect sales tax for the state they’re shipping...
(1 month ago)
It’s time for online businesses to develop methods in which to collect sales tax for Internet transactions. Opponents of taxing online sales have had considerable success the past generation in stalling Net taxation, but the resistance is crumbling. Internet sales taxation appears to be inevitable. The partial implementation of sales taxing by many mega-Net firms, including...
(30 days ago)
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