California recently passed a law requiring web retailers with affiliates in the state to charge tax on goods sold. When another company refers a customer to a product being sold online, California can now collect a “use tax.” Consequently, Amazon.com has ended its relationship with the state’s affiliates. In other news, IBM announced another innovation that will drastically increase the speed at which data can be handled. The development called ‘instantaneous memory’ can write and read data one hundred times faster than flash memory. The new technology will create faster, cheaper and way more durable memory in everything from PCs to smartphones. And finally, President Obama recently called for the improvement of the online employment eligibility and immigration status system, E-Verify. It’s currently used as a tool to fight illegal immigration, but is riddled with database errors. The government eventually wants to make E-Verify a mandatory online system for employers.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – July 1, 2011
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).